Guava (Psidium guajava)

Guava TeaGuava is a known tropical tree with nutritious fruits used for food. Native to the countries of Central America like Panama and Mexico, guavas are known as goiabeira, guayabo, kuawa, or amrood (in Arabic nations), and nowadays this tree is being cultivated in tropical and subtropical zones around the world, including Australia.  Guava fruits have culinary uses: for preparing beverages, sauces, powder mixtures, dried fruit mixtures, jelly, marmalade, and so on. The spicy of apple guava (Psidium guajava) has a variety of therapeutic properties and its leaves or bark are included to a number of natural treatments and herbal remedies in folk medicines of some nations. This medicinal plant has been used in alternative medicine for many centuries, primarily for the effects of guava leaves and guava tea for various gastrointestinal problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

marshmallow plantMarshmallow plant (Althaea officinalis) is an ornamental and medicinal plant known since the times of ancient Egyptian Empire. Sometimes called as althaea or white mallow, common marshmallow plant received its name from a Greek word “altho” meaning ‘to cure’, and in ancient Greece this natural remedy was used for a wide variety of health conditions. A creeping plant with slightly violet tender hibiscus-like flowers, marshmallow grows in a wide nature all around Northern Hemisphere, from Eastern North America through Europe to China and Japan. It is cultivated in many countries of modern Asia. Marshmallow leaves, roots, and flowers are traditionally used for various herbal preparations and have valuable medicinal properties. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Passion Flower (Passiflora)

Health Benefits Of Passion FlowerPassion flower (Passiflora incarnata) is a plant with very beautiful flowers of yellow, white or purple colors, which grows and is being cultivated in warm areas throughout the globe. Native to Central and North America, passion flower played a role in local herbal medicines as a powerful natural painkiller and calming remedy. Passion flower is a vine and can grow up to 7-8- meters in length. For medicinal uses and making herbal preparations the leaves, flowers, and stems of the plant can be used. Passion flower benefits are numerous, and nowadays, this natural remedy is available in the forms of herbal extracts, herbal teas, tinctures, capsules, as well as supplements or dry plant parts. Read the rest of this entry »

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Health Benefits Of Red CloverRed Clover (Trifolium pratense) is a member of the Leguminosae family and a perennial herb growing in the wild, on fields and meadows. It is native to Europe, Northwest Africa and Western Asia. This medicinal herb has been used for many centuries as a grazing food for cattle, as well as for healing various health conditions in folk medicines of many countries of the world (including Traditional Chinese Medicine), and in various places of the world it is known as wild clover, purple clover,  meadow clover, cow clover, trefoil, beebread, and other names. The actual name of red clover, Trifolium, is derived from Latin words “three” and “leave”, since this herb is famous for its having three leaves in each branch. Read the rest of this entry »

Black Cohosh (Actaea Racemosa)

Black Cohosh BenefitsBlack Cohosh (Actaea racemosa) is a medicinal herb commonly used in alternative medicine. This is a tall flowering plant native to North America which is known also as black snakeroot, rattleroot, rattleweed, bugbane, bugwort, squawroot, etc. As a rule, the roots of the plant are used for preparing infusions, poultices, solid extracts, or liquid tincture (in modern medicine it is possible to find this natural remedy in the form of capsules or tablets). Black cohosh benefits have been studied since the end of the nineteenth century, and historically, this herb was used as a very effective and quite safe natural anti-inflammatory and labor inducing remedy. In addition, it is estimated that black cohosh belongs to the group of the most extensively sold natural remedies for aging women who experience severe symptoms of menopause. Read the rest of this entry »