Sage

April 3, 2017

SAGE

Common sage (Salvia officinalis) is a perennial, evergreen dwarf shrub, which can grow up to 2 feet, and is characterized by woody stems, purple/blue flowers, and grey/green leaves. It is part of the mint family, Lamiaceae and is native to the Mediterranean and the Balkan region (a peninsula and cultural area in South-eastern Europe). The botanical name, Salvia, is derived from the Latin word salvere which means ‘to be saved’. Sage was a sacred ceremonial herb of the Romans, being associated with immortality, and was used by the Greeks as a ‘coronary herb’ because it flushed disease from the body and relieved strain on the heart. In the Middle Ages sage was ingested as a tea to treat colds, fevers, memory and concentration loss, inflammations, ulcers, and many other ailments. There are approximately 8 different types of sage, each differing in appearance and use. These are:

  • Garden sage (Salvia officinalis): This is the most common type of sage, and is used for cooking, tea brewing, decoration, and medicinal use
  • Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans): This variety of sage has tubular red flowers and is used mainly for medicinal purposes
  • Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia): This type has silver/grey leaves, and produces small, blue/purple tubular flowers. It is not

November 4, 2016

CHAMOMILE This herb has been used for centuries to calm the nerves and induce sleep. It is from a daisy-like family of plants called Asteraceae, and while there are many different types of chamomile, the most common are German Chamomile (Marticaria recutita), and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Chamomile is known to be used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and was also popular throughout the middle ages.   HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Calms the nerves
  • Reduces internal inflammation
  • Reduces bloating and flatulence
  • Aids with teething pain
  • Reduces nasal congestion
  • Soothes skin irritations such as eczema, and psoriasis
  • Alleviates menstrual cramps
  • Aids with sleep
  • Reduces fever
  • Treats colds
  • Helps with asthma
  • Has powerful anti-inflammatory properties
  • Is highly antibacterial
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Treats depression
  • Reduces hay fever
  • Treats arthritis and lower back pain
  • Aids with wounds
  • Calms muscle spasms
  • Relieves haemorrhoids
  • Reduces cancer cells
  • High in antioxidants
  • Improves digestion
  • Aids with gum and teeth health
  • Improves heart health and circulation
  • Helps treat diabetes as it lowers blood sugar levels

July 7, 2016
  • Tulsi or Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum): Holy basil is a powerful antioxidant. It also has strong antibacterial, antifungal, and anti inflammatory properties. This herb is used to treat anxiety and stress due to its ability to decrease the body’s levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It is also an adaptogen, which means it will not alter mood, but rather helps the body function optimally during times of stress. Holy basil is also used to treat: the common cold, flu, asthma, bronchitis, headaches, stomach upsets, fever, heart disease, and tuberculosis. Studies suggest it may also be effective in treating certain types of cancer.
January 30, 2016

ANISE Also called aniseed, this herb is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae (carrot, celery, or parsley family). This plant is native to the Eastern Mediterranean region, and Southwest Asia. It was first cultivated in Egypt and the Middle East and was brought across to Europe for its medicinal purposes. It is used nowadays: to flavour liquor, culinary uses (mainly teas and confectionary), and in herbal medicine.   HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Used to treat toothaches
  • Aids breathing, relieves pain, and eases thirst
  • It is an antispasmodic/Expectorant, meaning it treats involuntary muscle spasms and coughs (by helping bring up mucus and other material from the lungs, bronchi, and trachea)
  • Decreases bloating and aids with digestion
  • Also used to treat gas, colic, and rheumatism
  • Is an antibacterial and antifungal
  • Invokes an estrogenic effect which promotes breast milk production in nursing mothers
  • Used as a diuretic to increase urine flow
  • Is an appetite stimulant
  • Is an aphrodisiac
  • Has been used to treat migraines
  • Alleviates lice, scabies and, psoriasis
  • This herb also treats anxiety and nervousness
  • Has also been used in the treatment of seizures, asthma, and insomnia
  • Anise is a good source of iron, magnesium, calcium, manganese, zi

January 11, 2016

The eucalyptus tree, also known as fever tree, blue gum tree or stringy bark tree, has the botanical name Eucalyptus Globulus. It is native to Australia but was introduced to other parts of the world including India, Europe and South Africa a few centuries ago. Though many countries do produce eucalyptus oil, Australia is still the world’s prime supplier of eucalyptus oil. The health benefits of the eucalyptus honey are many – anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and stimulating. Besides being a good natural remedy for respiratory problems, Eucalyptus honey is a good antiseptic owing to its germicidal properties. On its exposure to air, ozone is formed which is a well-known antiseptic. Hence Eucalyptus honey is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores. It is also effective on insect bites and stings. It is often recommended to patients suffering from rheumatism, lumbago, sprained ligaments and tendons, stiff muscles, aches, fibrosis and even nerve pain. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory Eucalyptus honey is massaged on the skin surface in circular motion to help relieve muscle and joint pains. For more information on Eucalyptus oil see Aroma/Herbal  

January 9, 2016

Scientifically known as Cymbopogan citrates, lemongrass is a herb that is used for its culinary and medicinal uses.       USES:

  • Pesticide/insect repellent
  • Antifungal/antibacterial
  • The oil is used to treat ringworm
  • Used to treat fever by inducing sweating
  • Calm upset stomachs/diarrhoea
  • Alleviates headaches
  • Treats lice, athlete’s foot, and scabies
  • Alleviates cold symptoms
  • Perfumes and soaps
  • Aids with insomnia
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Aids with stress and anxiety
  • Relieves muscle pains
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Good source of vitamins A and C, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and manganese
  • Some studies say lemongrass has anti-cancer properties
  • Aids with arthritis and gout
  • Used to treat skin problems such as acne

   CAUTION: Undiluted lemongrass oil can cause skin irritation, rashes, and burning sensations. Not recommended for children, pregnant women, and nursing women. People with liver or kidney disease should consult a doctor before using this herb.   REFERENCES: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/lemongrass.html , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

December 9, 2015

Coconut oil is a heart-healthy saturated fat that balances cholesterol and supports immune system function. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a proven antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal agent that’s easily digested and absorbed. It helps the body eliminate toxins as well as improving digestion, and assists with the absorption of beneficial nutrients from our food. The best coconut oil to buy is one that’s cold or expeller pressed and unrefined. It’s the best oil to use for cooking as it has a high smoke point.