Archive for the ‘Herbs And Plants’ Category

Cat’s Claw (Uncaria Tomentosa)

Cat's ClawCat’s Claw is a very interesting and not very well known natural remedies. It originates from Peruvian planes and is actually a vine with very strong hook-shaped claws for which it has got its memorable name. There are two most common species of this plant. One is Uncaria guianensis, the type of cat’s claw cultivated and known in Europe, and Uncaria tomentosa, the type used in both American continents. This plant has been used for centuries in national medical traditions of South American countries where Cat’s Claw is called Una de Gato. For the last decades, Cat’s Claw products have got a great popularity in the United States of America, and this natural remedy is sometimes mentioned in the list of 10 most sold herbs and herbal products. (more…)

Garlic (Allium Sativum)

GarlicSince very early epochs, the benefits of garlic are known and very highly valued. This natural remedy plays an important role in national medical traditions of hundreds of nations around the world. Garlic root is known since the times of Ancient Egypt as a natural remedy for stomach disorders, and in the Middle Ages it has been a very famous remedy to scare vampires. During the World War II, garlic was extensively used by the soldiers of Russian army to treat wounds and keep various infections at bay. In modern times, garlic has got a fame as an amazing natural remedy to prevent some common types of cancer, as well as a unique remedy for cold and other respiratory system problems. (more…)

Barberry (Berberis vulgaris)

BarberryBarberry, or European barberry, is a known medicinal herb which has been used for many centuries and valued for its numerous health benefits. Barberry is a shrub that grows in warm regions of Europe, and its fruits, leaves, roots, and bark are used to make special natural remedies for various health conditions. It is possible to see a barberry bush growing in wild setting, in the lanes and marshlands somewhere close to water, or it can be cultivated in gardens and farms by those who like this amazing gift of our Mother Nature and want to benefit from the known therapeutic powers of barberry. It is also reported that barberry remedies are very popular in Russia (where barberry fruits are used for making jams and various sweet beverages), and in India (where some products of this plant are used as the ingredients for various home made cosmetics and beauty products). (more…)

Holy Basil (Ocimum Tenuiflorum)

Holy BasilHoly Basil is not among the most known medicinal herbs, but it has plenty of very powerful health benefits and healing actions which can be used to help us relieve our health conditions. Holy basil is an aromatic plant which is also known as Tulsi plant. In ancient Indian medicine, in addition to holy basil three most common types of Tulsi plant were used: Vana Tulsi (Ocimum gratissimum), Krishna Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), and Rama Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum). All these plants have specific therapeutic effects, and all of them can be used to treat a variety of diseases. They are rich in minerals, vitamins, and other phyto-nutrients, and for many centuries they have been used as the ingredients of various remedies from Auyrvedic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and other traditional alternative medicines of the nations of South Asia. (more…)

Cat’s Claw (Uncaria Tomentosa)

Cat's ClawCat’s claw is a popular medicinal plant, with two most commonly used species, Uncaria guianensis and Uncaria tomentosa. At that, Uncaria guianensis grows throughout Europe and is being used there for herbal preparations of various types, and Uncaria tomentosa specie is common for the North America. In the United States, Cat’s claw is considered one of the ten most popular medicinal plants used for local alternative medicine, along with chamomile, peppermint, dandelion, and others. Cat’s claw is a shrub which grows throughout South and Central America, in woody forests and opened areas. This medicinal plant has centuries of history of being used for preventing and treating a multitude of diseases, including infectious and viral ones. It is possible to use Cat’s claw extracts, infusions, or capsules, and such parts of the plant as inner bark and roots. (more…)

Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium)

FeverfewFeverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium) is a very well known natural remedy and medicinal herb. It has been used for may centuries around the world to treat a great variety of conditions and prevent many diseases. As a rule, leaves and flowers of this medicinal herb are used for preparing herbal infusions and other natural remedies. Feverfew is also known as Matricaria, Grande Chamomile, Santa Maria, Bachelor’s Buttons, Featherfew, Featerfoiul, Flirtwort Midsummer Daisy, Altamisa, and so on. It is a small perennial herb with beautiful flowers looking a lot like chamomiles. It is very easy to cultivate feverfew, and this wonderful plant is known and loved by many nations. In some cultures, it plays an important ornamental and decorative role. Its medicinal properties and values have been known since the times of Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. (more…)

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Tea TreeA large plant Melaleuca alternifolia known as Tea tree, Narrow-leaved Paperbark, or narrow-leaved ti-tree is native to Australia, mainly to Southeast Queensland. The plant has long linear leaves and white flowers which occur in spikes. Certainly, tea tree is known primarily as a source of healing essential oil, one of the most popularĀ  and widely used natural products with anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, and numerous other natural properties. However, Australian people use tea tree oil leaves for preparing herbal teas, poultices, and other products with all of the mentioned natural effects. Tea tree oil and other natural extracts are widely used in skin care for producing various types of cosmetics, starting from skin creams or body lotions and ending up with shampoos, soaps or deodorants. Tea tree products are considered toxic and can cause allergic reactions, though not severe. (more…)

Marigold (Calendula Officinalis)

Marigold FlowerPot Marigold (Calendula Officinalis), known also as Mary bud, holligold, bull’s eyes, ruddes, goldbloom, or quite common name of Calendula, is a medicinal plant with a great number of health benefits and therapeutic properties which have been known for many centuries, since the times of Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt. Most probably, the plant’s name originates from the name of Virgin Mary, but there are a few theories related to this issue. Beautiful marigold flowers are of cheerful orange color and are being grown for ornamental and decorative purposes in the gardens throughout Europe and the North America, in the warm regions. Pot marigold is an aromatic herbaceous perennial plant growing up to 75-80 cm high. Though marigold can cause allergies in some people, generally this plant is considered safe and free from serious side effects. It can be used for preventing and treating a multitude of health conditions, listed below in this overview. (more…)

Noni (Morinda Citrifolia)

Noni BenefitsNoni plant (Morinda Citrifolia) is a medicinal plant very popular in Polynesia, the Caribbean region and other tropical zones around the world. It is actually a tree that belongs to coffee family. Other names of it include dog dumpling, cheese fruit, beach mulberry, Indian mulberry, mengkudu, kumudu, apatot , and others. Various parts of this plant have been used for over 2 millenia in national medicines of India, Polynesia, Southeast Asia, and Australia. The tree is famous, first of all, with the juice derived from its fruits, and in the last decades, noni juice is regaining its popularity enjoying a great demand around the globe. It is available in the form of capsules, however, was found a bit toxic due to a high content of anthraquinones, toxic elements. Therefore, using this natural medicine is linked to a number of side effects, that is why the FDA did not approve using this natural product in the United States (though in many countries of Europe it is not prohibited). (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…)