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Rose Geranium

| May 29, 2016
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This geranium is not grown for its flowers but for its distinctive leaves which have a wonderful rose scent. This rose scent has anti-depressant qualities and is a great insect repellent, especially for mosquitoes. I’ve grown this plant for years and can testify that it does keep mosquitoes off. Simply take a leaf and rub […]

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Goat’s Rue

| May 29, 2016
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Goat’s Rue is noted today for its ability to increase Mother’s milk, dramatically. The traditional use of Goats rue was to treat diabetes and has been a staple since the middle ages. Goats rue contains an alkaloid, galegine, that was found in clinical trials to decrease blood sugar and insulin resistance. This lead to the […]

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Grindelia

| May 28, 2016
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Grindelia is used for bronchitis (internally) and topically for eczema, insect bites and rashes. Grindelia has a gummy resin that was historically used as an expectorant and antitussive in cough remedies. Grindelia, which grows wild in the Western states, is better known for it’s use in ointments and field dressings for rashes, poison ivy, burns, […]

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Ground Ivy

| May 26, 2016
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Ground ivy is mostly ignored by modern herbalists in favor of the better known members of the mint family, but that does not mean this common little ground weed is not worth knowing. Search the term ground ivy on the internet and you will find a lot of information on how to kill it once […]

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Gynostemma

| May 26, 2016
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Gynostemma is an adaptogen and antioxidant whose chemical makeup has properties similar to that of ginseng, which the plant resembles. The herb tea is valued for it’s antioxidant protection and cardiovascular benefits. It reduces stress, has a normalizing effect on blood pressure, and thins the blood. Daily use of the tea may even help increase […]

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Moringa

| May 23, 2016
Moringa

It is a super unusual tree because not only is it incredibly nutritious, and highly valued for its healing properties, but also absolutely every part of it can be eaten! Moringa is like a “vegetable tree,” making it a true super nutritious food in every sense of the word. The Moringa tree originates in India, […]

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Fumitory

| May 19, 2016
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The traditional use of fumitory is as a skin treatment for eczema and other skin eruptions. The herb is also taken as a tea for indigestion, and can be supportive in treating gallbladder and liver conditions. It has also been used as a vermifuge, to expel worms; as a digestive tonic, it promotes the production […]

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Figwort

| May 19, 2016
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figwort today is considered a cleansing herb and helps the body detoxify. Figwort’s botanical name, Scrophularis links it to the treatment of tuberculosis (scrofula). The softened tea bags make a poultice for eczema and for burns. Cautiom: Do not use if pregnant or if you have a heart condition

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Fringe Tree

| May 16, 2016
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The roots of the fringe tree are dried and used to treat liver and gallbladder disease in traditional American folk medicine, often in combination with barberry and other herbs containing berberine. The root acts as a bitter, stimulating release of bile, which increases gastric secretion and improves appetite and digestion. It is also used for […]

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Foxglove – Digitalis

| May 14, 2016
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Foxglove is a striking ornamental flower; tall with colors in a wide range. Foxglove is also a source of digitalis used to treat heart problems. Digitalis was introduced as a medicinal plant by William Withering in 1758. The field of digitalis heart therapy is based on his work.The problem with using this plant drug is […]

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