Archive for March, 2011

Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus)

greater celandineGreater Celandine (Chelidonium majus) is known in various localities as tetterwort, swallow wort, garden celandine, nipplewort, or in Traditional Chinese medicine it is known as “bai qu cai“. This herbaceous perennial plant which grows up to 20 inches tall is native to North America, the Middle East and Europe. Its habitat includes all areas with moist soils, starting from opened fields and mountainous areas and ending up with deep woodlands. It belongs to the poppy family and is a relative of such plants as the common milkweed and bloodroot. Health benefits of celandine were discovered and have been used for centuries in the framework of alternative medicine. (more…)

Wild Pansy (Viola tricolor)

Wild Pansy TeaWild Pansy (Viola tricolor) known also as Heartsease or Garden Violet is a common wild annual herb which grows throughout Europe. In North America it is known as Yellow Wild Pansy or Johnny Jump Up. The flowers which appear in a great variety of colors, are amazing in their beauty and for many years the herb has been associated with love. It has a great traditional value is has been used by many nations as an important ornamental element for decorating gardens and parks. In folk medicine, this remedy is used in the forms of tinctures, decoctions, poultices, or in the form of popular wild pansy tea. (more…)