Holistic Living

Thursday, February 28, 2008

More "G"s

Goldenseal Goldenseal: Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) Goldenseal is native to eastern North America and is cultivated in Oregon and Washington. It is seriously threatened by overharvesting in the wild. The dried root and rhizome are used. Goldenseal was used by the Native Americans as a treatment... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 25, 2008

"G"ee...herbs...

Ginger Ginger: An ancient Indian proverb states that everything good is found in ginger. There's quite a bit of truth in that. Ginger is a versatile healing herb. As a child you were probably been given a glass of ginger ale when you felt sick to your stomach. Ginger is a good digestive aid and has... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

More Herbs

Fo-Ti Fo-Ti: (Polygonum multiflorum) Native to China, where it continues to be widely grown. It also grows extensively in Japan and Taiwan. The unprocessed root is sometimes called white fo-ti and the processed root red fo-ti. The Chinese common name for fo-ti, he-shou-wu, was the name of a Tang... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

"F"'s and "G"'s

Fo-Ti Fo-Ti: (Polygonum multiflorum) Native to China, where it continues to be widely grown. It also grows extensively in Japan and Taiwan. The unprocessed root is sometimes called white fo-ti and the processed root red fo-ti. The Chinese common name for fo-ti, he-shou-wu, was the name of a Tang... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Into the "F"s

Fennel Fennel: This member of the celery family is a well-known herb native to southern Europe and western Asia, but it was known in ancient China (as xiao hui xiang) as well as in India, Egypt, and Greece. In the Middle Ages it was prized as a vegetable and it is still appreciated for its flavor... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

More "E"

Evening Primrose Oil Evening Primrose Oil: An old Native American herb. The evening primrose grows like a weed. Not really a primrose, it is sometimes called "sun drop." The large yellow flower opens late in the day and last only one evening, then produces lots of small seeds. Presumably, these... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

One of these "E"s you cant get anymore....

Elderberry Elderberry: S. canadensis, the American elder, is a large shrub native to North America. It bears white flowers early in the summer and dark, almost black, berries in the late summer. Both the flowers and the berries have been used as food and for making wine. According to James Duke,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 1, 2008

A Little "E" and "D"

Echinacea Echinacea: "If you're not interested in healing yourself with its roots, you can simply enjoy the beauty of echinaceas in your yard or garden. They have a very slight fragrance and propagate into beautiful, meadowlike beds if you let them...." Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Finally to the "D"'s

Damiana Damiana: (Turnera diffusa) Damiana has been hailed as an aphrodisiac since ancient times. Other folk uses include asthma, bronchitis, neurosis, and various sexual disorders. It has also been promoted as a euphoria-inducing substance at various times. Damiana may be a potentially useful herb... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

More "C's"

Comfrey Comfrey: (Symphytum officinale) Common names: Knitbone, boneset. The leaf and root of comfrey have been employed medicinally for centuries. Originally from Europe and western Asia, it is now also grown in North America. Comfrey has a long, consistent history of use as a topical agent for... Sign in to see full entry.

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