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Hibiscus

| November 11, 2016
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Gardeners have always valued the hibiscus for it’s beautiful flowers, but the plant has a very practical side as well. Traditional cultures world wide, from China to the Americas use hibiscus flowers for medicinal teas and natural red dye. In Jamaica it is known as sorrel, in Mexico agua de jamaica. The calyx of the […]

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Holy Basil

| November 11, 2016
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Holy Basil has been used for thousands of years in the traditional medicine of India, called Ayurveda. The plant is also called Tulsi. Holy Basil is used in Ayurvedic medicine for common colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, various forms of poisoning, and malaria. Holy Basil is an excellent example of an adaptogen herb […]

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Honeybush

| September 26, 2016
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Honeybush, like red African tea Rooibus, is a naturally sweet caffeine-free red tea containing Vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium. While there has been little study done to assess the health benefits of honeybush, it does contain compounds called polyphenols that are known to have antioxidant, antiatherosclerotic, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antitumor, and antiviral activities. Drinking honeybush […]

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Honeysuckle Vine

| August 19, 2016
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Honeysuckle flower is an important ingredient in many traditional Chinese remedies especially for respiratory infection, colds, and skin inflammation. The remedy can be simply prepared by using the flowers to make a tea. Be careful not to include any other part of the plant (leaves, stems or fruit) as these can be toxic. In the […]

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HENBANE

| July 19, 2016
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HENBANE IS POISONOUS TO PEOPLE AND ANIMALS.

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Helichrysum – Straw Flower

| June 30, 2016
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It is the essential oil, known as helichrysum, that is most commonly used especially in formulas for skin as this herb is noted for its ability to stimulate new skin growth. It has pain relieving properties and is anti-inflammatory. It’s a wonderful annual garden flower producing brilliantly colored flowers that “live on” long after the […]

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Galangal Root

| June 30, 2016
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Galangal root is antibacterial and is used in Southeast Asian cooking, such as Thailand, which is useful since the hot climate and limited refrigeration mean bacteria will be present in food. The root, combined with the hot chilies typically eaten make a potent antibacterial defense. It helps with loss of appetite.

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Hoodia Gordoni

| June 21, 2016
Hoodia

Hoodia Gordonii works by mimicking the effect that glucose has on the nerve cells in the brain. These cells transmit the feeling of fullness to the brain, diminishing appetite. An appetite suppressant is an effective tool in any weight loss program, especially when combined with other dietary changes. You eat less, consume fewer calories, lose […]

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Horsechestnut

| June 20, 2016
horsechestnut

Horse chestnut is valued in herbal medicine for it’s support of the circulatory system. The herb is anti-inflammatory which decreases swelling and astringent which reduces bleeding and adds tone to connective tissue. Much of the medicinal value of horse chestnut is a stabilizing action on veins and capillaries. This strengthening of veins improves circulation to […]

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Lovage

| June 3, 2016
lovage

I call lovage my 6 foot celery plant with a flavor that is a cross between celery and pepper. That’s not all it does. It is a diuretic but does not cause electrolyte loss. It loosens phlegm in the lungs so the phlegm can be expelled. It is soothing internally including helping with colitis. Lovage […]

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