Archive for February, 2013

Foxglove (Digitalis Lanata)

Foxglove FlowersFoxglove plant is sometimes known as Digitalis, and this is one of the most controversial medicinal herbs of modern time’s alternative medicine. It is a common biennial or perennial plant which can be found in woodlands throughout the non-tropical areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Foxglove plant is also known as virgin’s glove, fairy caps, gloves of our lady, bloody fingers, and so on. Foxglove leaves and beautiful pink bells of foxglove flowers look similar to another quite toxic and controversial medicinal herb, comfrey, and these two plants are very often confused. Some people adore beautiful look of foxglove flowers, thus cultivate this beautiful flower in their gardens for decorative purposes rather than for medicinal purposes. Truthfully, not too much is known about therapeutic benefits and healing powers of this plant, but there is a lot of useful information to consider for those who are interested in alternative medicine. (more…)

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)

Turmeric BenefitsTurmeric is one of the most known culinary spices which has recently gained great popularity due to newly discovered anti-cancer properties of this medicinal herb. It is the key element of curry spice, a combination of spices extensively used in Indian, traditional Chinese, Indonesian, and other cuisines. The herb Curcuma longa belongs to the family of ginger and originated from South Asia, though now it is being cultivated in many warm areas. The main ingredient of this herb, curcumin, is the very ingredient known for anti-cancer properties, and this very ingredient is also responsible for the spicy and slightly bitter taste of curry spice. It is considered that the highest quality turmeric spice is produced in modern India and Pakistan, but there are many producers located in Europe and the US, which use high quality herbal materials (turmeric root) and the most modern technologies. (more…)