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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Jamaica Dogwood (Piscidia Erythrina)

jamaica dogwoodJamaica dogwood (Piscidia erythrina) is a medicinal plant known also in some localities as Fishfuddle or Florida fishpoison tree. It is a middle-size tropical tree which growth in its natural habitat in southern areas of the United States (Florida, Texas, California, etc.), as well as in Mexico, Panama, Cuba and other countries of the Carribean region. It si well known, first of all, due to excellent sedative effects, and ancient ingenious tribes in North America used to apply Jamaica dogwood extracts in order to sedate fish in the rivers so it would be caught easily. The first scientists from the West started studying the properties of Jamaica dogwood only in the 19th century, and it became known as an excellent natural nervine and headache relief. In modern times, this medicinal plan is used for a variety of health benefits and therapeutic properties, mist of which is described in the list below. Read the rest of this entry »

Flaxseed (Linum Usitatissimum)

Flaxseed Oil BenefitsFlaxseed, or seed of flax plant (Linum Usitatissimum) known also as lineseed or common flax, are considered very valuable natural remedy and natural nutrient sourcs which has been know for many centuries. It originates from the Mediterranean region and the Middle East, but nowadays flaxseed products are used by people around the globe since this plant is being extensively cultivated everywhere. Flaxseed benefits and therapeutic properties were very well known since the times of ancient civilization including Ancient Egypt, Byzantine and ancient Ethiopia. Flax is very extensively used as fiber crop for producing a natural strong fabric mainly used for linen and light clothes. It is also known as an ornamental plant, but certainly, flaxseed and flaxseed products are primarily valued for their being rich in natural nutrients, including fiber, minerals like manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, and others, vitamins B complex, and especially omega 3 fatty acids which are absolutely essential for our good health. Read the rest of this entry »

Bilberry (Vaccinium Myrtillus)

Bilberry BenefitsBilberry (Vaccinium Myrtillus) is a shrub native to North Asia, Europe, Western United States and Western Canada. The shrub is also known as European blueberry, huckleberry, hurtleberry, fraughan, blaeberry or whortleberry, and it is highly valued for its blue fruit (edible) and leaves with unique therapeutic properties. In medical traditions of many European and Asian countries, bilberry leaves and fruits have been used for over the last millennium to treat a great number of ailments and health conditions. In particular, at times of the World War II pilots from the UK and the US used bilberry jam or bilberry tea in order to improve their vision. Bilberry infusion and bilberry extract have plenty of uses which can be found among the bilberry benefits listed below, so go on reading this article to learn more. Read the rest of this entry »

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)

Eucalyptus treeEucalyptus known also as Tasmanian blue gum tree or Australia fever tree, is one of the most popular herbal remedies which has been widely used around the globe to treat a great number of health conditions. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is an evergreen tree native to Australia which is currently cultivated and being sold to all other countries of the world mainly from the Green Continent and Tasmania island though there are quite successful attempts to grow eucalyptus trees in North America (California), Europe (Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, etc.), Africa, Hawaii, and other locations. Eucalyptus tree is a very tall plant, and in alternative medicine it is primarily valued as a source of highly therapeutic eucalyptus oil produced by steam distillation from the ground leaves of eucalyptus tree. Eucalyptus tea is another form of using this herbal remedy. Read the rest of this entry »

Health Benefits Of Grape Leaves

Benefits of Grape LeavesGrape leaves are very well known as a natural remedy with quite a good number of health benefits. Grape leaves are used in many nations of South Europe and the Middle East for cooking: in particular, grape leaves staffed with rice, meat with onions, or some other types of filling are very popular meals recommended for a healthy Mediterranean diet plan. In modern United States, it is hardly possible to find those who know about excellent nutritional properties and advantages of consuming grape leaves. At the same time, it is still possible to see bottled or canned grape leaves to be used for cooking meals or for preparing one or another type of herbal remedies. According to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, adding grape leaves (fresh or cooked) to your daily diet is a very smart and healthy choice for all modern American people. Read the rest of this entry »

Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale)

Comfrey OintmentComfrey (Symphytum Officinale) is a common medicinal herb and gardening plant which has been used for centuries to treat plenty of health conditions. It is a perennial herb originating from Central Asia and Europe, and since the times of ancient Greece comfrey is playing a role in traditional medicines of most of the European and Asian nations. Some comfrey species are very poisonous, and most of the comfrey species are actually quite harmful to our liver. That is why all treatments and natural solutions with comfrey are recommended to be used only topically. Comfrey ointments, gels, creams, and also comfrey infusions made from comfrey root are known and highly valued for a variety of properties, including anti-inflammatory, stimulating, analgesic, detoxifying, revitalizing, bone healing, skin healing and repairing, and many other therapeutic properties. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum)

Horse chestnut seedHorse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum) is a tree which commonly grows throughout the regions with temperate climate in Northern Hemisphere in parks and forests, in housing developments, both urban and rural areas. It is native to Greece and the Mediterranean region and now has been widely cultivated around the world. To Europe, this tree was introduced in the sixteenth century by a famous plant collector John Tradescant, and since those times horse chestnut seed, bark, leaves, and flowers have been used in alternative medicine for a variety of conditions and diseases. Apart of that, in many countries of modern Europe horse chestnut leaves and seeds have numerous other uses, including producing beer, producing special type or starch, producing soaps and other cosmetic products, cooking, and so on. Read the rest of this entry »

Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum)

Benefits of Milk ThistleMilk thistle (Silybum Marianum) is a flowering medicinal plant of the daisy family which has got this interesting name due to a shape of its leaves: they have white milky bands that used to believed to be Mother Mary’s milk. The plant is sometimes called silymarin and originates from the Mediterranean region. It can be found in plenty in dry and warm areas of modern Europe, Africa, North America and South America. Milk Thistle has been used for over two thousand years as an excellent natural liver tonic and as a medicinal herb to treat kidney and bladder problems. It is an effective natural detoxification agent which can be used virtually by everyone who does not suffer from allergic reactions to this herb. In the middle ages, it was recommended to consume the leaves and young shoots of the plant in order to enjoy the mentioned benefits of milk thistle. Read the rest of this entry »