General Herbal Information

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Comment by Amethyst Samia on January 4, 2015 at 9:51am


Benefits of ginger and a few good ways to use it. Be sure to read the comments!

Comment by Amethyst Samia on July 8, 2014 at 9:43am


The Eden Prescription

Rosemary Kills 81% of Melanoma Cells in Vitro and Reduces Risk in Humans: The herb rosemary is particularly rich in ursolic acid, which in this study was shown to kill up to 81% of human melanoma cells (M4Beu) in vitro by destabilizing their mitochondria. Mitochondria are the power plants of the cell—when they shut down, the cell dies. This latest research confirms several past studies which have also shown rosemary to kill melanoma cells. So do these health benefits extend beyond “in vitro” lab studies? One fascinating study out of Italy suggests they do: researchers there found that consuming rosemary at least once weekly lowered melanoma risk by an astounding 60%. This also provides some credibility that rosemary may lower risk for the other cancers which it so efficiently kills in lab studies (pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, etc,). As for melanoma, remember that latest research shows we can strongly reduce risk with a diet rich in vegetables and fruit (particularly dark leafy green and yellow vegetables, carrots, cruciferous vegetables and citrus fruit). Adding rosemary to such a diet could add an extra level of protection—as well as numerous other health benefits. Rosemary makes a wonderful addition to many fish and meat recipes, as a tea, mixed into butter, baked in bread, infused into olive oil, or mixed into salad.

‪#‎Rosemary‬ ‪#‎Herbs‬ ‪#‎Melanoma‬

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*Amethyst's Note*. Interesting info but please remember this is talking about in vigor studies and as with any herb, there may be contraindications. Please consult your health care practitioner!

Comment by Amethyst Samia on July 3, 2014 at 10:29am

posted by Demeter on 07/01/2014

hi Innanna
There are several kinds of Aconite... do you mean the one also known as Monkshood? Because that one is deadly poisonous.

Aconitum Napellus... aconite... monkshood...
Toxicology - Marked symptoms may appear almost immediately, usually not later than one hour, and "with large doses death is almost instantaneous." Death usually occurs within two to six hours in fatal poisoning (20 to 40 mL of tincture may prove fatal).

The initial signs are gastrointestinal including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. This is followed by a sensation of burning, tingling, and numbness in the mouth and face, and of burning in the abdomen.
In severe poisonings pronounced motor weakness occurs and cutaneous sensations of tingling and numbness spread to the limbs. Cardiovascular features include hypotension, sinus bradycardia, and ventricular arrhythmias. Other features may include sweating, dizziness, difficulty in breathing, headache, and confusion. The main causes of death are ventricular arrhythmias and asystole, paralysis of the heart or of the respiratory center. The only post-mortem signs are those of asphyxia. (from Wikipedia)
Apparently you can even get poisoned if you touch the plant as the poison can be absorbed through the skin.

Aconite is from the Ranuncullus botanical family which also includes plants like buttercups.
The Electric Daisy - Acmella Oleracea is from the Asteraceae botanical family which includes daisies, sunflowers, marigolds, etc.. most thing with the traditional 'daisy-shape' flower.

There must be a lot of health benefits to your cat of she eats nettles... I bet she doesn't even get stung lol

Comment by Amethyst Samia on July 3, 2014 at 10:23am

Posted by Demeter, 07/03/2014

Spilanthes (Acmella oleracea)

A frost sensitive annual in temperate climates that grows 1 foot tall and spreads quickly, with red veined leaves and unusual, red and yellow button-like blossoms. You might already grow spilanthes as an ornamental in containers without knowing that you introduced a potent medicinal herb to your garden.
Health Benefits of Spilanthes
Spilanthes earns its common name, toothache plant, from the fact that the blossoms and leaves create a numbing and tingling sensation in the mouth when chewed. Try it, you will be surprised by the intensity. It literally feels like rubbing Anbesol on your gums.
The tincture from the leaves and young blossoms has also shown anti-viral and anti-bacterial action in studies and can be combined with other immune supporting herbs, such as the ones presented here.

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Comment by Amethyst Samia on May 2, 2014 at 12:29pm

--Rosemary Gladstar

Comment by Amethyst Samia on April 4, 2014 at 12:56pm


posted by Demeter on 1 April 2014

hi all
Hope the week's going well.
Lovely weather here in UK. The perennial mint is appearing with fresh strong scented shoots, and the thyme is sending out new growth. My sage doesn't look too good so may have to get new plants

I have a wild herb called Herb Robert that pops up in crevices and is supposed to be good to use.

Apparently Herb Robert, a kind of wild geranium, is very unique in its ability to oxygenate the cells – meaning that at a cellular level the body is much better able to fight disease and renew itself when taking it. Hence, Herb Robert works to increase the immune response and the body’s ability to regenerate.

The herb is renowned in Portugal, by both traditional doctors and herbalists, as the most effective herbal remedy for cancer treatment and prevention. The herb contains ellagic acid, which research has shown may slow growth of some tumours casued by certain carcinogens. Sadly, despite these amazing healing characteristics, Herb Robert is little used in modern herbalism. It is sometimes however used for diarrhoea and to stop bleeding.

Other research has shown that Herb Robert also lowers blood sugar levels, and so it is extremely useful in cases of diabetes or to prevent diabetes in susceptible people.
Caution: Not to be taken with blood-thinning medications.

It is suggested that you pour 1 cup of water just off the boil over 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Steep covered for 10 minutes. Sweeten with honey if desired. Take 3 times daily.
I will say I haven't tried this herb yet, but will give it a go and let you all know what it is

Comment by Amethyst Samia on March 8, 2014 at 1:24pm


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Comment by Amethyst Samia on January 11, 2014 at 4:07pm

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Comment by Demeter 5 hours ago
Hope everyone had a lovely Christ-mas day!
And have a great week everyone x
Comment by Demeter 5 hours ago
I hadn't realised just how healthy radishes were.. and looked this up...
Health Benefits of Radish

1. Radish for Weight Loss:
Radish is an extremely low caloric vegetable, adding just 17 calories to the daily diet per 100 gram consumption. Just a little quantum can render a feeling of extreme fullness and satiation which in turn may aid weight loss.
2. Radish as an Antidiabetic agent:
Radish has been proved to be good for diabetics as well. A research study from the University of Allahabad, India, published in the Pharmaceutical Biology has revealed that radish root juice possesses hypoglycemic and antidiabetic potential with minimal or no side effects; and that is because radish is a low glycemic-index food that helps stabilize blood glucose levels and provides slow release energy.
3. Radish as an Immune Booster:
Fresh radish is rich in vitamin C and meets around 25 percent of the Indian Recommended Daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin C.
Radish leaves are a winner all the way. They contain large amount of vitamin C and beta carotene, which means consuming just 1 cup of this green veggie could make up for more than the daily requirements for the above mentioned nutrients.
Vitamin C and carotenoids are a powerful anti-oxidant required by the body for protection, energy, vitality and disease prevention.
4. Radish for Sound Digestion:
Radish improves digestion as it can provide relief from common digestion disorders such as acid reflux and constipation. Radish has a mild diuretic and laxative effect too. Due to its diuretic properties they are beneficial in treating urinary disorders.
5. Radish for Bone Health:
When it comes to calcium rich plant sources, greens stand second to the millet ragi. Radish leaves are one of the richest sources of calcium with just 100 grams of leaves fulfilling the daily adult calcium requirement of 400mg per day.
Read more: Radish - A Source of Bountiful Nutrition | Medindia
Comment by Amethyst Samia on December 15, 2013 at 5:53am

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