As a member of the Passifloraceae family, Tunera Diffusa or Damiana, is a small aromatic shrub. Native to the southern regions of North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean Islands, the indigenous peoples of these lands have been using the plant for medicinal purposes since the time of exploration and colonization. In historical […]

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Depression can be a very frustrating condition, both for the sufferer and for the loved ones. It is often characterized by lack of interest, tiredness, extreme sadness, disturbed sleep, a drastic change in eating patterns, feelings of guilt, helplessness, or hopelessness, and decline in self-esteem, to mention a few. Natural Treatments for Depression Many prescription […]

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Ocimum tenuiflorum, or more commonly known as holy basil or tulsi, is an aromatic plant part of the mint family. It is cultivated throughout the Southeast Asian tropics. This plant grows to be 1 to 2 feet tall and has green or purple, highly aromatic leaves that have slightly ridged edges. Holy basil, considered an […]

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As a member of the celery family, Dill is an annual herb that is widely used in kitchens around the world. It happens to be the only species within the Anethum genus. With a wispy appearance, dill grows verdant green on slender stalks. The leaves are so fine, they are often not considered leaves by […]

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Black cohosh is a woodland plant that is also known by the names black snakeroot, fairy candle, black bugbane, and actaea racemosa. Black cohosh is native to the North American continent, but only on the eastern side from Ontario to Georgia. The furthest west that the growth pattern stretches, is to Missouri or Arkansas. For […]

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The gentian is a perennial plant that is found in grassy areas of the Himalayas and the Alps. The root of this plant takes up to 10 growing seasons to mature. The potential of this herb for therapeutic use was first introduced to the world by the king of ancient Illyria, and two thousand years […]

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Garlic, an onion species, is a bulbous plant that grows to 4 ft. tall. It is grown year round in ideally sunny locations with dry soils that have a high organic material content; however, garlic is capable of growing in a variety of soils and pH levels. For thousands of years, garlic has been used […]

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  Alfalfa is a perennial plant grown in warm or temperate climates throughout the world. Also known as lucerne, the herb is only referred to as Alfalfa in the United States. A member of the pea family, Alfalfa is grown as a forage crop for livestock fodder. Technically a legume, the plant develops small clusters […]

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The term Hawthorn refers to an entire genus of trees and shrubs that are members of the rosaceae family. Alternate names for the plant include crataegus, may tree, thorn apple, hawberry, and whitehorn. Native to the northern hemispheres of Europe, North America, and Asia, Hawthorn only grows in temperate regions. Often recognized by its bright […]

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Gingko Biloba is an oriental tree used for decoration, food, and medicine throughout the world. Often simply called ginkgo, the tree itself is a living fossil. While gingko is native to China, today it is grown through many different parts of the globe. At full height, the tree is quite large and possesses an evergreen […]

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As a native of the Maluku Islands of Indonesia, the clove tree produces flowers that are used as a cooking spice as well as a medicine. Today, the spice is harvested from trees growing throughout Indonesia, Zanzibar, Madagascar, Tanzania, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The clove tree is an evergreen that grows long oval leaves with […]

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With a gruesome name like Devil’s Claw, the plant Harpagophytum is actually a member of the sesame family. Known alternatively by the names wood spider and grapple plant, the species is Native to South Africa, though found its way to Europe through colonization and exploration. Having received its sinful moniker from the aesthetics of its […]

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Catuaba is a tree native to the lands of Brazil, the word itself translates to refer to a tree that gives strength to the Indian in the indigenous Guarani language. Traditionally, the bark of the catuaba tree has been used in traditional South American medicine. There are even ancient writings from the region showing the […]

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Barberry, a genus of the Berberis species of deciduous or evergreen shrub, grows throughout most of the sub-tropical and temperate regions of the world. Often seen with small oval shaped dark green leaves, the Barberry will most often bloom small yellow flowers and produce bright red fruit that is smaller than a raisin. The plant […]

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Elderflower is part of the Elder plant that is a flowering plant of the Adoxaceae family. The elderflower comes into season in the Northern Hemisphere end of May to early June. Numerous growing conditions accommodate this plant, including dry and wet soils; however, they are more inclined to grow in sunny environments. The flowers are […]

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Cardamom, sometimes called cardamon, is a spice native to India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The tiny seed pods have a triangle cross-section and are spindle-shaped. There are two types of cardamom—green and black. The green cardamom is referred to as the “true” cardamom and is of the Elettaria cardamomum species that is found scattered […]

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