Yarrow

May 10, 2017

YARROW

(Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow is often used internally to treat excessive bleeding, indigestion, and diarrhoea amongst other ailments, and externally to help heal minor cuts and scrapes. Yarrow is also used in cosmetics to treat oily skin and as a cleanser. It is a flowering plant in the Asteraceae (aster, daisy, or sunflower) family and is native to temperate regions of Asia, Europe, and North America. Its name is derived from the Greek hero Achilles as he supposedly used it to heal soldier’s wounds during the Trojan War. It is also known as: blood wort, carpenter’s weed, knight’s milfoil, old man’s pepper, nosebleed, and staunch grass.  

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Reduces fevers by inducing sweating
  • Has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Aids with diarrhoea, indigestion, flatulence, and dyspepsia by getting the bile and pancreatic juices required for digestion flowing
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Treats colds and the flu
  • Lessens menstrual bleeding
  • Relieves tooth aches
  • Acts as a decongestant to clear up coughs and sinus infections
  • Treats skin conditions such as eczema
  • Alleviates allergies
  • Prevents haemorrhaging and treats varicose veins by toning blood vessels and dilating capi

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