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 fl

December 23, 2016

PSORIASIS

Psoriasis is a long -term autoimmune disease which affects the skin, resulting patches of red, scaly skin, which are typically extremely itchy and painful. This condition affects 2% of Australia’s population and conditions can vary from localized in one area, to complete body coverage. Common problem areas for psoriasis are: knees, elbows, scalp, torso, palms, and the soles of feet.   It is known to have a varying or fluctuating course, where the disease improves and then worsens, and is thought to be incurable but not untreatable. Psoriasis can occur in anyone from babies, to elderly people, but the most common age of diagnosis is in early adult years.   This chronic disease is caused the rapid increase in the production of skin cells, which, when these skin cells reach the surface and die, their sheer volume causes a build-up, and raised red plaques covered in white scales appear. This increase in the production of skin cells is caused by the immune system being ‘triggered’ by environmental factors, resulting in the production of excess inflammatory chemicals.   Studies show that people with psoriasis are more susceptible to illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and psoriasis sufferers are between 10 and 30% more likely to develop psoriatic arthritis.  

TYPES:

  • Plaque psoriasis: This variation o

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

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

October 16, 2015

Many fruits can be used as alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) treatments, sloughing off dead skin cells to reveal a smooth complexion.  Pineapple is great for congested, oily, thick skin; guava is a good exfoliator; grapes hydrate the skin; kiwi fruit contains vitamin E; and apples are great for moisturising the skin. Papaya pulp contains natural hydroxyl acids (AHAs).  It cleanses and exfoliates the skin and is a good treatment for itchy skin, acne and psoriasis.   Here’s one for you to try:

Papaya and watermelon treatment

Normal/oily/congested skin

 

Ingredients

185g (6.5oz/1 cup) peeled, seeded and chopped papaya 185g (6.5oz/1 cup) peeled, seeded and chopped watermelon  

Method

Blend the papaya and watermelon in a food processor.  Strain and discard any solid particles, (these can be used in the garden as compost).  Us