Kava has been used in social gatherings to lower inhibitions and make everyone more relaxed and amiable. It is a popular herb to treat anxiety, stress and depression. The relaxing, euphoric state brought on by this herb make it useful in treating these conditions. This herb is often used in religious ceremonies to obtain an enlightened state.[adinserter […]
Herbs - General
What is Hedge Mustard used for?
Pedanius Dioscorides (1st century AD) called this plant erysimon and recommended that is should be used together with honey as an antidote in case of poisoning. He also stated that it could be used as a treatment for a variety of diseases and ailments. One of the better known traditional use of the herb was […]
What is Rupturewort used for?
Rupturewort contains coumarins, flavonoids, phenolic acids, triterpenoid saponins, tannins and essential oil. The first mention of the plant as a medicinal herb is from the 1500’s and it was used for centuries as a diuretic agent in the treatment of chronic cystitis and urethritis. It was also used traditionally as a treatment for ailments of […]
What is Horse Chestnut used for?
Although the leaves, bark, and flowers have been used in traditional herbal medicine, it is the big, shiny brown nut of the horse chestnut tree which is of greatest medicinal interest. From them, an extract is obtained which is used to strengthen the walls of the blood vessels so that blood flow from the veins […]
What is Turmeric used for?
Turmeric has been a renowned medicinal herb in South Asia for centuries. The traditional Indian medicinal science called Ayurveda has long prescribed turmeric for a number of health benefits. It has been used traditionally as an antiseptic to treat cuts, bruises, and even burns.Turmeric is used as an anti-aging herb because of its excellent anti-oxidant properties, which […]
What is Henbane used for?
Henbane has been used as a medicine since ancient times and had a strong reputation as a magical herb that was for instance used in love potions and to induce hallucinations. In medieval times the herb was popular as a sleep aid and in larger doses used as a deadly poison, often an assassin’s favorite. […]
What is Cranberry used for?
The tart, red berries are used in a variety of foods products and beverages and dietary supplements are available in the form of teas and extracts formulated into capsules or tablets. Beverages range from 100% unsweetened cranberry juice to cocktails with high sugar and low cranberry juice content. Cranberries contain many phytochemicals that are biologically […]
What is Henna used for?
Despite that henna has primarily be used as dye plant, it is also know for its medicinal properties. The leaves are used in traditional folk medicine in India, many Muslim countries and North Africa. The herb is used in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine as a gargle for bad throat and extracts or decoction have been used as […]
What is Raspberry used for?
The leaves contain tannins, flavone glycosides, organic acids and vitamin C. The berries contain 1.5-2% organic acids, fructose, pectin, gum, anthocyanins, iron and vitamin C. Raspberry has been cultivated for a long time and not only for its culinary uses but also for its medicinal properties. The fruit is rich in nutrients and may be […]
What is Carob used for?
The carob has been used for human consumption and as animal feed in the Mediterranean countries for centuries. It is said that the pods of the carob tree sustained the biblical figure John the Baptist while he was praying in the desert. Hence it is also known as St. John’s bread. Because of the high […]