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  • Angelica Health Benefits

    Angelica Health Benefits

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    WHAT OTHER NAMES IS ANGELICA KNOWN BY? American Angelica, Angélica, Angelica acutiloba, Angelica archangelica, Angelica atropurpurea, Angelica curtisi, Angelica Dahurica, Angelica officinalis, Angelica sylvestris, Angelicae Dahuricae, Angelicae Dahuricae Radix, Angelicae Fructus, Angelicae Herba, Angelicae Radix, Angelica sylvestris, Angelicae, Angélique, Angélique Archangélique, Angélique Cultivée, Angélique de Bohème, Angélique des Jardins, Angélique Médicinale, Angélique Officinale, Angélique Sauvage,…Read More+Read More »
  • Asarabacca (European ginger)

    Asarabacca (European ginger)

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    Other Common Names: Hazelwort, wild nard, false coltsfoot, snakeroot, wild ginger, hasselurt (Danish), Haselwurz (German), asaro (Spanish), asaret d’Europe (French). Habitat: Asarabacca is endemic to the deciduous forests of Southern and Central Europe, Siberia, and the Caucasus. The plant prefers shaded areas and moist humus-rich, calcareous soil. The plant has become popular as an ornamental plant in…Read More+Read More »
  • Bear’s garlic

    Bear’s garlic

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    Bear’s garlic, also known as wild garlic, is an herb with a long history of medicinal applications, mainly for treating high cholesterol and hypertension. Keep reading to learn all about bear’s garlic benefits, properties, most popular uses, and more. Revered for its blood-cleansing properties, bear’s garlic, also known as ramson garlic and wild garlic, among…Read More+Read More »
  • Blue Fenugreek

    Blue Fenugreek

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    Blue fenugreek is a relative of fenugreek which is native to the Caucasus region, and it is an essential ingredient in Georgian cooking in particular (interestingly, it grows only in the mountains of northern Georgia and not in the south of the country, and is known as ‘utshko suneli’ – foreign spice – in the…Read More+Read More »
  • Borage


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    Borage is a plant. Its flowers and leaves, as well as the oil from its seeds are used as medicine. Borage seed oil is used for skin disorders including eczema (atopic dermatitis), red, itchy rash on the scalp (seborrheic dermatitis), and a type of skin condition called neurodermatitis. It is also used for rheumatoid arthritis…Read More+Read More »
  • Calamus


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    WHAT OTHER NAMES IS CALAMUS KNOWN BY? Acore Odorant, Acore Olorant, Acore Roseau, Acorus americanus, Acorus calamus, Acorus gramineus, Acorus Roseau, Bach, Belle-Angélique, Cálamo, Cinnamon Sedge, Flagroot, Gladdon, Grass-Leaf Sweetflag, Grass Myrtle, Kalmus, Myrtle Flag, Myrtle Sedge, Sadgrantha, Sweet Calamus, Sweet Cane, Sweet Cinnamon, Sweet Flag, Sweet Grass, Sweet Myrtle, Sweet Root, Sweet Rush, Sweet…Read More+Read More »
  • Caraway


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    Caraway, also known as meridian fennel and Persian cumin (Carum carvi), is a biennial plant in the family Apiaceae, native to western Asia, Europe, and North Africa.  The plant is similar in appearance to other members of the carrot family, with finely divided, feathery leaves with thread-like divisions, growing on 20–30 cm (7.9–11.8 in) stems.…Read More+Read More »
  • Celery


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    Celery (Apium graveolens) is a marshland plant in the family Apiaceae that has been cultivated as a vegetable since antiquity. Celery has a long fibrous stalk tapering into leaves. Depending on location and cultivar, either its stalks, leaves or hypocotyl are eaten and used in cooking. Celery seed is also used as a spice and…Read More+Read More »
  • Chestnuts as a remedy: protect the kidneys and are full of vitamins

    Chestnuts as a remedy: protect the kidneys and are full of vitamins

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    Chestnuts are attributed to medicinal properties, and because of their high energy value, are especially recommended for athletes and children. They help with kidney and digestive problems, chestnut tea works great in relieving the symptoms of asthma and bronchitis, and can be eaten in soups and salads. Nothing resembles autumn like hot chestnuts warming frosty…Read More+Read More »
  • Chilli


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    The chili pepper (also chile, chile pepper, chilli pepper, or chilli), is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum which are members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae. Chili peppers are widely used in many cuisines as a spice to add heat to dishes. The substances that give chili peppers their intensity when ingested or…Read More+Read More »
  • Chinese Chives

    Chinese Chives

    Chinese chives or garlic chives have flat dark green leaves with white flowers. Its taste is stronger than chives in the U.S. Both leaves and flowers are edible. They are available at Asian groceries. The leaves are flat and will wilt when cooked quickly in a hot wok. There are 2 types available, green and…Read More+Read More »
  • Chives


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    Chives, scientific name Allium schoenoprasum, are an edible species of the genus Allium. Their close relatives include the garlic, shallot, leek, scallion,  and Chinese onion. A perennial plant, it is widespread in nature across much of Europe, Asia, and North America. A. schoenoprasum is the only species of Allium native to both the New and…Read More+Read More »
  • Cicely


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    Myrrhis odorata, with common names cicely, sweet cicely, myrrh, garden myrrh, and sweet chervil, is a herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the celery family Apiaceae. It is one of two accepted species in the genus Myrrhis. USE: In fertile soils it grows readily from seed, and may be increased by division in spring or autumn.…Read More+Read More »
  • Garlic mustard

    Garlic mustard

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    Medicinal use of Garlic Mustard:  Garlic mustard has been little used in herbal medicine. The leaves and stems are antiasthmatic, antiscorbutic, antiseptic, deobstruent, diaphoretic, vermifuge and vulnerary. The leaves have been taken internally to promote sweating and to treat bronchitis, asthma and eczema. Externally, they have been used as an antiseptic poultice on ulcers etc,…Read More+Read More »
  • Ground ivy

    Ground ivy

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    WHAT OTHER NAMES IS GROUND IVY KNOWN BY? Alehoof, Catsfoot, Cat’s-Paw, Couronne de Terre, Courroie de Terre, Courroie de la Saint-Jean, Creeping Charlie, Gill-Go-By-The-Hedge, Gill-Go-Over-The-Ground, Glechoma hederacea, Glécome Lierre, Haymaids, Hedgemaids, Herbe de Saint-Jean, Lierre Terrestre, Lizzy-Run-Up-The-Hedge, Nepeta hederacea, Robin-Run-In-The-Hedge, Tierra-Hiedra, Tun-Hoof, Turnhoof. WHAT IS GROUND IVY? Ground ivy is a plant. The dried plant…Read More+Read More »
  • Hop


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    WHAT OTHER NAMES IS HOPS KNOWN BY? Asperge Sauvage, Common Hops, Couleuvrée, Couleuvrée Septentrionale, European Hops, Hop, Hop Strobile, Hopfenzapfen, Houblon, Humulus lupulus, Lupuli Strobulus, Lupulin, Lúpulo, Pi Jiu Hua, Salsepareille Indigène, Vigne du Nord. WHAT IS HOPS? Hops is a plant. The dried, flowering part of the plant is used to make medicine. Hops is used…Read More+Read More »
  • Horseradish


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  • Is coconut oil good for your teeth?

    Is coconut oil good for your teeth?

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    Coconut oil has been getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reason. It’s linked to numerous health benefits, including weight loss. There have also been claims that it can clean and whiten your teeth, while helping to prevent tooth decay. This article examines the latest research on coconut oil, your dental health and teeth. What is Coconut…Read More+Read More »
  • Juniper


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  • Mugwort


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    13 Amazing Benefits Of Mugwort For Skin, Hair, And Health Mugwort is a root-based perennial plant that has been used to treat health issues – including menstrual pain, joint pain, and even cancer. It grows in parts of Asia, Northern Europe, and North America. Though research is still ongoing, we have listed a few ways…Read More+Read More »
  • Myrica gale

    Myrica gale

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    Myrica gale is a species of flowering plant in the genus Myrica, native to northern and western Europe and parts of northern North America. Common names include bog-myrtle[1] sweet willow, Dutch myrtle, and sweetgale. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 1–2 m tall. The leaves are spirally arranged, simple, 2–5 cm long, oblanceolate with…Read More+Read More »


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    Oregano is a culinary and medicinal herb from the mint, or Lamiaceae family. It has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years. It adds flavor, and it may have a number of health benefits. The name of the herb comes from the Greek words “oros,” meaning mountain, and “ganos,” meaning joy. It typically grows…Read More+Read More »
  • Parsley – more than a spice

    Parsley – more than a spice

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    Parsley is the most popular spice in the world, to be found in almost every supermarket all year long (of course, the best from your own garden!). It has a delicate and refreshing taste and beautiful leaves of bright green color, which makes it irreplaceable as a spice or decoration for eating. We are so…Read More+Read More »
  • Poplar


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    BENEFITS OF A POPLAR TREE. Poplar is an amazing tree. Let’s recall that bees produce propolis mostly from gluten of poplar buds. Propolis serves an excellent remedy for many diseases and inflammation. The ancient Greeks were very fond of poplar. This tree creates a feeling of freshness and fills the air with a wonderful aroma.…Read More+Read More »
  • Reflexed stonecrop

    Reflexed stonecrop

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    Reflexed stonecrop (Sedum reflexum, Crassulaceae/Rosales) has fleshy leaves with fresh flavour which are used mainly in Western Europe as a garnish. Chopped stonecrop leaves have formerly been quite popular to add extra sensation to salads, but in our days it is no longer fashionable.Read More »
  • Salad Burnet

    Salad Burnet

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    Salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor) is an easy to grow pot herb with attractive foliage and a taste similar to cucumber. This herb was often used in salads and as a medicinal herb up until the 19th century. Burnet is nutritious and is sold as an herbal supplement. Salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor) or simply, ‘burnet’ is…Read More+Read More »
  • Sorrel


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    WHAT OTHER NAMES IS SORREL KNOWN BY? Acedera, Acedera Común, Azeda-Brava, Common Sorrel, Field Sorrel, Garden Sorrel, Oseille, Oseille Commune, Oseille des Champs, Petite Oseille, Petite Oseille des Brebis, Red Sorrel, Rumex acetosa, Rumex acetosella, Sheep’s Sorrel, Sorrel Dock, Sour Dock, Surette, Vignette, Vinette, Wiesensauerampfer. WHAT IS SORREL? Sorrel is a plant. People use the…Read More+Read More »
  • Southernwood


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    8 Amazing Benefits of Southernwood The availability of modern medicine these days has seen many natural remedies falling by the wayside. While many natural remedies remain popular and some are experiencing a renaissance, others are far less appreciated. One plant that was widely used in the past is a little-known member of the daisy family called…Read More+Read More »
  • Tansy


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    WHAT OTHER NAMES IS TANSY KNOWN BY? Barbotine, Bitter Buttons, Buttons, Chrysanthemi Vulgaris Flos, Chrysanthemi Vulgaris Herba, Chrysanthemum vulgare, Coq des Jardins, Daisy, Erva dos Vermes, Herbe Am ère, Herbe du Bon Chasseur, Herbe de Chartreux, Herbe au Coq, Herbe de Saint-Marc, Herbe de Sainte-Marie, Herbe aux Vers, Hind Heal, Parsley Fern, Scented Fern, Sent-Bon, Stinking Willie, Tanaceto, Tanacetum…Read More+Read More »
  • Truffles


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    6 Surprising Health Benefits of Truffles Truffles have gained widespread attention in the culinary world lately, becoming a favorite among chefs and food-lovers alike. Not to be confused with the chocolate confectionery of the same name, truffles are a type of fungus that grows near the roots of certain trees. There are many different types…Read More+Read More »
  • Water cress

    Water cress

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    10 Impressive Health Benefits of Watercress Watercress is an often overlooked leafy green that packs a powerful nutrient punch. Its small, round leaves and edible stems have a peppery, slightly spicy flavor. Watercress is part of the Brassicaceae family of vegetables, which also includes kale, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. Once considered a weed, it was first cultivated…Read More+Read More »
  • Wild Rosemary

    Wild Rosemary

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    Latin name: Ledum palustre Family: Ericaceae (Heath Family) Medicinal use of Wild Rosemary:  The leaves and young flowering shoots are astringent, diaphoretic, disinfectant, diuretic, laxative, pectoral, stomachic and tonic. The plant is more strongly narcotic than L. groenlandicum and should not be used without expert supervision. A tea is taken internally in the treatment of asthma, coughs, colds,…Read More+Read More »
  • Woodruff


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    Woodruff, a plant native to areas of the Middle East and most of Europe, thrives in the shade of deciduous forests and carefully cultivated gardens. This small, shade-loving plant grows 4 to 8 inches tall, and is a member of the Madder family. When used in gardens, it will spread and fill in beautifully, although…Read More+Read More »