Archive for August, 2012

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Oregano BenefitsOregano (Origanum vulgare) is a very common medical plant and culinary spice known also as marjoram or wild marjoram. It is a perennial herb and a member of mint family originating from Central America, but nowadays growing widely in the Mediterranean region, Southeast Europe, South Russia, and other warm areas around the globe. The herb reaches 20 inches and in summer blossoms with small purple flowers which are used along with dried leaves and stems of the plant for medicinal purposes. Therapeutic properties and health benefits of oregano are numerous and have been known since the times of Hippocrates who used this natural remedy as an antiseptic or as a cure for respiratory ailments and common digestive disorders. (more…)

Atropa Belladonna (Atropa belladonna)

Belladonna BenefitsAtropa Belladonna (Atropa belladonna) is a perennial plant which can be found in its natural habitat in South and Central Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. The Belladonna family includes several species, and the name of the plants is derived from Italian ‘beautiful woman‘. Belladonna is one of very interesting medicinal herbs which is known for its toxicity, as well as for numerous therapeutic properties and healing actions. Health benefits of belladonna were very well known in ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, where it was primarily used as an effective natural anesthetic for surgery. The name ‘atropa’ also takes source from ancient Greek mythology, the goddess of fate. Belladonna is the natural source of substance from which atropine is derived. (more…)