Archive for May, 2012

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Health Benefits Of Red CloverRed Clover (Trifolium pratense) is a member of the Leguminosae family and a perennial herb growing in the wild, on fields and meadows. It is native to Europe, Northwest Africa and Western Asia. This medicinal herb has been used for many centuries as a grazing food for cattle, as well as for healing various health conditions in folk medicines of many countries of the world (including Traditional Chinese Medicine), and in various places of the world it is known as wild clover, purple clover,  meadow clover, cow clover, trefoil, beebread, and other names. The actual name of red clover, Trifolium, is derived from Latin words “three” and “leave”, since this herb is famous for its having three leaves in each branch. (more…)

Black Cohosh (Actaea Racemosa)

Black Cohosh BenefitsBlack Cohosh (Actaea racemosa) is a medicinal herb commonly used in alternative medicine. This is a tall flowering plant native to North America which is known also as black snakeroot, rattleroot, rattleweed, bugbane, bugwort, squawroot, etc. As a rule, the roots of the plant are used for preparing infusions, poultices, solid extracts, or liquid tincture (in modern medicine it is possible to find this natural remedy in the form of capsules or tablets). Black cohosh benefits have been studied since the end of the nineteenth century, and historically, this herb was used as a very effective and quite safe natural anti-inflammatory and labor inducing remedy. In addition, it is estimated that black cohosh belongs to the group of the most extensively sold natural remedies for aging women who experience severe symptoms of menopause. (more…)

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)

clove benefitsClove (Syzygium aromaticum) is an aromatic plant which plays a role both as a culinary spice and as a medicinal herb. The clove tree is an evergreen plant that is cultivated in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Sumatra, Zanzibar, Jamaica, and other southern countries. What we all know as cloves are actually unopened reddish flower buds of the tree. Both for culinary and medicinal purposes, cloves are manually picked and processed. Health benefits of cloves are abundant, but first of all, this is one of herbal remedies known for its very high content of natural antioxidants. Thus, using this culinary spice allows us enjoying its very powerful antioxidant properties. (more…)