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| February 6, 2016

Celandine has been used in the treatment of warts. A paste made from powdered celandine is applied directly to the wart and left to dry. Its caustic properties have been used in an ointment form as a cleansing agent and to treat skin eruptions like ringworm, eczema, psoriasis, malignant sores and tubercular skin eruptions. It […]

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| February 4, 2016

There are two commercial oils which are known as cedarwood, Atlas cedarwood, which is a true cedarwood, and red cedar. Cedarwood is known for use with problem skin, as an insect repellent, and as an inhalent in respiratory complaints. It’s actions are sedative, astringent, and antiseptic. It can be used to treat oily skin and […]

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Catuaba Bark

| February 4, 2016

Catuaba bark has been used by many men across the world to rejuvenate their libido when the problem is not associated with adverse health effects such as blood pressure medication. Oddly enough, while some herbal aphrodisiacs are gender specific, women too may experience the benefits of catuaba bark. Catuaba is the most famous of the […]

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Canola Oil

| January 31, 2016

You hear both good and bad about canola oil and health benefits. Here’s my take on it. Canola oil is my oil of choice after olive oil. It does help heart health, overall, because of its high proportion of omega 3 fatty acids (unsaturated fat). Plus, please don’t laugh, my cats will lap it up […]

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Cleavers Herb

| January 30, 2016

Cleavers is a member of the madder family. It is also known as goose grass, because the geese like it so well. It is also called bedstraw, hedge burs, madder and many more. If you ever handle this plant, you will never forget it. The whole plant has little soft hooks that cling to almost […]

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Codonopsis Root

| January 25, 2016

Codonopsis root boosts your immune system and has been found to play a valuable role in the maintenance of person’s healthy red blood cells. It also promotes mental sharpness and memory and is an “adaptogen,” that is, it does what your body needs. It is similar to the way ginseng is used. In fact, you’ll […]

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Calamus Root

| January 24, 2016

Calamus root is also known as sweet flag and blue flag. Sweet flag is used as an aromatic braid which is burned for fragrance. Blue flag, calamus root, is used as a fixative for essential oils in potpourri. Also, it is said, if used as a tea it makes smoking nauseating so someone trying to […]

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| January 21, 2016

Most people think of carob as a chocolate substitute and with an “almost chocolate” flavor, it is a good one and without caffeine. Carob is very nourishing, high in Gallic acid which gives it many antiseptic properties. It is also rich in phosphorous and calcium. Its other name, St. John’s bread refers to the story […]

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Cramp Bark

| January 21, 2016
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Cramp bark is a plant that grows in North America. Historically, Native Americans used cramp bark as medicine for reducing swollen glands and treating fluid retention, mumps, and eye disorders. They also smoked cramp bark as a substitute for tobacco. These days, the bark and root bark of this plant are still used for healing. […]

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Castor Oil

| January 10, 2016

Castor oil is produced from the seeds of the castor bean plant. The seeds and leaves are poisonous although the processed oil is free of poisons. That doesn’t make it taste good and that taste is what many people of an older generation might remember. Castor oil was mother’s favorite spring tonic after a long […]

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