Somehow it just seems
like you ought to be able to trust the market that sells things for your health. Not only
is refinement a problem, but growing and collecting the right species of plants can be
difficult to insure. Often there are no controls or governing bodies for testing what is
sold. Freshness and purity of whole herbs are questionable when dried and stored. We all
know there is a big difference between fresh Basil and powdered Basil, surely there must
be a big difference between fresh Marsh Mallow and powdered Marsh Mallow. That these
plants are worthy is not in question. That we should allow growing, collecting and
processing of our herbal remedies by others is. We are growers. We have confidence
in what we grow and serve to ourselves.
check with your doctor or other qualified herbal practitioner before you take
anything. Just as aspirin can adversely
affect some and help others so can herbs. Be careful when you harvest to make sure
you collect correctly and never take chances with unknown plants.
For more information
regarding the plants mentioned here and how to use them, refer to the following
publications: The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants by Andrew
Herbal by Penelope Ody.
We hope that you
continue to grow your own herbs whatever you use them for and enjoy the purity of your end
St. Johns Wort
You may know St.
Johns Wort as Red Oil an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory. This 2 spreading, hardy
perennial throws multitudes of yellow flowers. These, along with all above ground parts
contain active ingredients. Recent research shows that St. Johns Wort is an
effective treatment for depression. Its amazing to see the correlation of the Old
World commended against the melancholy and madness to the 90s
antidepressant. They must have known more than they are given credit for; but
then the world is round.
Fo Ti, He
Shou Wu (Polygonum multiflorum)
The history of this
ancient herb goes back to 713 AD when it was first written about in China. The roots of
3-4 year and older plants are unearthed in the autumn and dried. Current research is
showing that Fo Ti can lower cholesterol and increase blood sugar. Traditionally it is
thought to promote general health and fight aging; I better go take some now.
Having problems with
early senility? Try some Ginkgo leaves! Studies have proven that Ginkgo improves
circulation, especially to the brain, aiding memory and reducing the possibility of
stroke. Furthermore, Ginkgo is anti allergenic and anti-inflammatory. Ginkgo is the top
selling herbal medicine in Germany and France. Who would think that Ginkgo, the herb of
today, is the oldest tree on the planet?
These are some of the most talked about and healthful herbs;
something old is new again. From the writings of the Ancients to the most recent trends in
health care to the latest discovery from the Rain Forest, herbs are there.
Health benefits come
from many other herbs, including the standby culinary herbs like Thyme, Sage, Peppermint,
Hyssop, Dill, Garlic, Celery, Cayenne Pepper, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Lemon, Clove, Licorice,
Lavender, Lemon Balm, Nutmeg, Onion, Angelica, Chervil, Horseradish, Tarragon,
Asparagus, Cabbage, Tea, Basil, Caper, Caraway, Carob, Chicory, Coffee, Cilantro, Saffron,
Cumin, Lemon Grass, Bay Laurel, Lovage, Lemon Verbena, Myrtle, Marjoram, Oregano, Anise,
Allspice, Pepper, Pomegranate, Radish, Raspberry, Winter Savory, Sesame, Cocoa, Grapes,
Rosemary, Fennel and others. This has to be some of the most delicious medicine