Archive for July, 2012

White Willow (Salix Alba)

Benefits Of White WillowWhite Willow (Salix Alba) is a tree commonly found in the moderate climate areas throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America. White willow is a member of willow family, along with black willow, violet willow, purple willow, crack willow, etc. The properties and benefits of willow bark have been known since the times of ancient epochs. In particular, white willow bark was used in Ancient Greece and Egypt as a good antiseptic. In the Traditional Chinese medicine white willow bark and herbal preparations with it were known as great herbal remedies to treat fever and relieve pains. In the beginning of the 19th century, it was discovered that willow bark is high in salicin, acting similarly to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), making this medicinal plant a good natural antibiotic. (more…)

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)

Fenugreek BenefitsFenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a medicinal plant that originates from the areas from North Africa to India. Fenugreek seeds have been used in traditional cuisines and traditional medicines of many nations of the Mediterranean region and the Middle East. Known also as Greek Hay, fanugreek has plenty of therapeutic values, and benefits of fenugreek have been known since the times of Ancient Egypt where it had been used to stimulate male libido as well as boost energy and athletic performance of ancient warriors. Numerous records of fenugreek seed uses and fenugreek side effects were found in historic documents from Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. In modern times, a great deal of studies and researches are being conducted to learn more about fenugreek benefits and healing powers. (more…)

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa)

Health Benefits Of KratomKratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a known herbal remedy and a large tree native to India, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and other nations of Southeast Asia. Kratom leaves have been used for many centuries for various medicinal purposes and play a role in traditional medicines of Thai and Malaysian nations. For Europeans and other nations of the world, health benefits of kratom were brought by Pieter Willem Korthals, a known Dutch botanist and herbalist who served in India. He could observe how natives are chewing the leaves of this amazing plant and was among the first Europeans to learn about kratom benefits. With his words, the knowledge was spread to Europe and since then this unique herbal remedy is available for everyone. (more…)