Mint (Mentha)

September 17, 2017

THE MINT FAMILY:

Mentha, commonly known as mint, is a genus of plants in the Lamiaceae family. There are a number of different species of mint, along with many hybrids, due to the natural occurrence of cross-breeding between species. Mint plants are aromatic, mainly perennial herbs with highly fragrant, toothed, opposing leaves, and tiny white, pink, or purple flowers, arranged in clusters forming whorls or a spike. Many characteristics of the mint plant can vary with differing species, but will always be characterized by a square stem. The colour of the leaves can vary from a dark green to grey, purple, blue, and even pale yellow. These plants can often grow up to about 2 – 3 feet tall, and will commonly spread out along the ground. Mint plants produce a fruit called a nutlet which contains 1 to 4 seeds. Propagation is considered an easier form of reproduction for mint. The volatile oils which are extracted from the plant are found in resinous dots located in the leaves and stems. The name Mentha is derived from the Greek word minthe, personified in Greek mythology as Minthe, a naiad who was transformed into a mint plant by Persephone when she tried to seduce Hades. The mint plant originated in Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, and Africa, but has been widely distributed throughout the temperate areas of the world, a

March 20, 2017

ARNICA

(Arnica montana)   Arnica is a genus of perennial, herbaceous plants in the sunflower family, which is native to the mountainous regions of Europe and Southern Russia. It has also been known to grow in parts of North America and Canada. This herb is also known by the names of Mountain Tobacco, and Leopard’s bane and Wolfsbane. Another herb, Aconite/Monkshood is also known as Wolfsbane. It was used by Swiss mountain guides to prevent fatigue when chewed and was also used as a substitute for tobacco. Arnica montana has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500’s, and is still popular today. It grows to approximately 1 – 2 feet, has yellow flowers with an orange centre, and has an appearance similar to that of daisies. The stems and leaves of these plants are bright green and hairy, which is the reason for its original Greek name Arni, meaning ‘lamb’ (in reference to the plants soft leaves). The main part of this plant used for medicinal purposes are the flowers, but the roots and rhizomes (continuous horizontal underground stem) are often utilized as well.  

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ARNICA:

  • Reduces inflammation: This is due to the presence of helenalin, a sesquiterpene lactone that is highly effective as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is therefore effective for treating bruises, sprai

January 25, 2016

Definition: ‘a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision.’ – Wikipedia These headaches can last from 4 – 72 hours and will worsen with normal activity. Migraines commonly start from childhood and are most frequent in people in their 20s and 30s. They usually occur less frequently from the age 40 and onwards.   SYMPTOMS:

  • Pain is one sided
  • Pain occurs behind the eye/eyes
  • Moderate to severe
  • Throbbing
  • Aggravated by movement
  • Excessive yawning
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Sensitivity to smell
  • Affected vision (such as an aura)
  • Vertigo or double vision
  • Problems with articulation and coordination
  • Stiffness in the neck and shoulders
  • Tingling, pins and needles, or numbness
  • Speech disturbance
  • Paralysis or loss of consciousness (rare)
  • Lasts between 4 – 72 hours

  CAUSES:

  • Tyramine and Phenlyrthylamine: which are commonly found in fermented cheese, chocolate, soy, citrus, and nuts
  • Certain perfumes
  • Alcohol
  • Nitrites: which are in most foods that contain preservatives (hot dogs, deli meats, jerky, and pickled or cured foods)
  • Eye str

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