Hydrastis canadensis Cherokee Indians introduced goldenseal to settlers. It was commonly used topically for eye and skin irritation and orally for infections.
In modern times, it has been popular because of the belief that it can mask illicit… Continue reading
Curcuma longa Turmeric is part of the ginger family and is native to Southeast Asia, mainly India. It has been used in Ayurveda and other forms of traditional medicine for centuries. It is also a popular ingredient in cooking… Continue reading
Plantago major (or great plantain) Plantain Weed has been used medicinally since ancient times. It grows easily in America, Asia, and Europe. most climates and is considered a weed by most gardeners. It is not to be confused… Continue reading
Mentha piperita or M. balsamea Willd Peppermint is a hybrid mint species that is a cross between watermint and spearmint. It is native to Europe and the Middle East and grows very well with lots of water. If you… Continue reading
Lavandula angustifolia Lavender is a very popular blueish-purple flowering plant with a multitude of medicinal uses. It may be inhaled or applied topically.
Lavender is a popular sleep and relaxation-inducing agent. It has also been shown to have… Continue reading
Hyssopus officinalis Hyssop is a beautiful flowering herb that attracts pollinators. It has medicinal and culinary properties, but the oil of the plant should not be used.
Hyssop contains pinocamphones and isopinocampheol which can be toxic… Continue reading
Ginkgo biloba Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest surviving species of trees. It has been grown in China for more than 200 million years. For thousands of years, it has been used in Chinese traditional medicine to treat… Continue reading
Allium sativum Garlic is a member of the Liliaceae family. It is eaten as part of a Mediterranean diet.
The active ingredient is thought to be allicin which has been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, have… Continue reading
Chrysanthemum parthenium (or Featherfew) Feverfew is a perennial that grows in gardens and along roadsides. In traditional medicine, it has been known as “medieval aspirin.” It has been shown to cause vasodilation and reduce inflammation. Vasodilation helps… Continue reading
Chamaelirium luteum (or Helonias, Blazing-Star, Devils’ Bit, Fairy Wand) False unicorn is a native lily of the southern and eastern parts of the United States. Its roots (rhizome) were used for medicinal purposes in Native American folklore. Its… Continue reading