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Herbs information
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>The parts of the alfalfa plant that are used are its leaves. In the Middle East, alfalfa is known as the father of all herbs.Alfalfa is one of the most nutritious plants on earth and its leaves are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene, vitamins A, B-12, C, D, E and K.

Aloe Vera
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>There are nearly 200 species of this member of the Lily family, found in African deserts and the islands of Aruba and Barbados. Since ancient times Aloe, recognized as an analgesic, has been used to treat burns.

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Anise leaves can be used in salads and as a garnish. Use the seeds to flavour confections such as cakes and cookies. Oil from anise seed is used in medicine.Anise is a dainty annual that grows from 1 and a half to 2 feet high. It has finely cut, serrated leaves and very small, whitish flowers in flat clusters. The leaves and seeds have a warm, sweet taste that suggests liquorice.<


Ayurvedic Herb Extract Boosts Memory & Concentration - Bacopa Monnieri
Flordis South Africa

Seven clinical trials in India and three subsequent trials in Australia proved that CDRI 08 is safe and effective in enhancing the retention of new information in the brain, improving the speed of visual processing, improving learning rate and memory consolidation, and enhancing nerve impulse transmission. The study conducted on Indian children with ADHD showed improvements in overall memory, sentence repetition, logical memory, word recall, digit span and delayed response learning. Studies have also shown that CDRI 08 has a pronounced antioxidant effect.

Basil (sweet)
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Basil is an attractive annual, about 18 inches tall with light-green, fairly broad leaves. The flowers are small, white, and appear in spikes. There are several species of cultivated basil, one having purple leaves.Cooks favour basil for tomato dishes in either fresh or dried form.

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Borage is a decorative annual with coarse, hairy leaves and stems and beautiful sky-blue flowers in a star shape. The plant grows about 2 to 3 feet tall.Borage is easily grown from seed and will sow itself. This plant does best in dry, sunny places. Although it is difficult to transplant, you can stretch out the harvest by sowing three times at 4-week intervals.

Bulbinella Frutescens
Jean Franklin

Bulbine frutescence is indigenous to South Africa and it grows naturally in dry conditions. It is a member of the Aloe Vera plant.The soothing sap of the leaves is used medicinally as a wound healing treatment for bee stings, bites, burns, chapped lips, cold sores, eczema, rashes and ringworm. It is also known as the anti-acne herb!

Cape Aloe
Jean Franklin

 Cape Aloe

Aloe Vera gel is the juicy transparent substance extracted from the thick skinned leaves and is indigenous to Albertinia, W. Cape.

This soothing gel combined with Cucumber, Bulbinella, Horsetail, Comfrey and Menthol greatly reduces skin inflammations

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Caraway is a biennial plant that grows about 30 inches tall. The flowers appear in flat, white clusters and, like the finely cut leaves, resemble those of carrots.Caraway can be easily raised from seed. Usually, plants do not bear seed the first year they are planted, but if planted in the fall, they will bear seed the following year. This herb is not easily transplanted. If sown in rows, thin to 8 to 12 inches apart in rows 3 feet apart.

Cayenne Pepper And Its Benefits
Desiree Campher

If there is one herb that is to be mastered in life it is the Cayenne pepper, as it is the most powerful herb of all. There is no other herb that increases the blood flow faster, effects faster physiological and metabolic changes in the body than cayenne pepper.

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Known as an ingredient in many teas, chamomile is used to relax, aid digestion, relieve headaches and help treat allergies.

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Chervil is an annual plant that grows up to 2 feet tall. It's lacy leaves resembles parsley but are a lighter shade of green. The flat heads have delicate white flowers.Chervil can be raised from seed sown in the garden in early spring. Seedlings are difficult to transplant. Thin plants 3 to 4 inches apart. For denser foliage, cut the flower stems before they bloom.

Chinese Medicine
Encyclopedia of Alternative Health and Natural Remedies

Chinese Herbal Medicine has been used for nearly the last 4000 years.Obviously through the passing years some of the ideas have changed radically. The Chinese first believed that disease was caused when their ancestors were not pleased.

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Chives are small, dainty, onion-like plants that grow in clumps reaching about 10 inches in height. They are a hardy perennial with decorative, light purple flowers.Chives demand little care other than dividing when they become overcrowded. They are easily propagated by division or from seed and make attractive border plants.

Cimicifuga Racemosa- Also Known As "black Cohosh"
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Cimicifuga racemosa is also known as Black Cohosh. Other common names include black root, bugbone, rattle weed, and snake root, among others. This herb first entered the medical community in 1844 when it was prescribed for rheumatism and nervous disorders. 

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Aids in healing respiratory ailments, anaemia, arthritis, fractures, mucous membranes, lungs & wounds.

Contributor - Nutrition
Brad Sly

Inflammation could be from stress and the subsequent cortisol release into the body, the swelling of joints, or the breaking down and building back up of muscle protein. Any athlete who pounds his or her body week in and week out with PRs, 1RMs, triples and doubles, sprints, long weekend runs, and the list goes on, is inflamed in some way. These activities all have a profound impact on the body. Not only do they initiate increases in strength, muscle growth, and increased endurance, but they also increase the amount of inflammation in the body.

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Coriander is a dainty annual plant that grows about 2 feet tall. It has finely divided leaves that are both strong-smelling and ill-tasting. Small white or purplish-tinged flowers appear in small, flat heads.Coriander is easily grown from seed sown in the garden in spring. This plant does well in any good garden soil. Thin plants 7 to 10 inches apart.

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Dill, a popular annual, has bluish-green stems that contrast with finely divided, yellow-green, plume-like leaves and yellowish flowers. Dill grows about 2 to 3 feet high.Dill is easily grown from seed sown in the garden in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Sow the seed where you want it to grow as it is difficult to transplant.

Drying Herbs
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If you have an herb garden, you'll find that home-dried herbs can be just as tasty as those bought at the store. However, proper handling is as important to the success of your herb harvest as good cultural practices.Most herbs are at their peak flavour just before flowering, so this is a good time to collect them for drying and storage. To be certain, check drying directions on specific herbs in a reliable reference book.

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Is the most effective blood & lymphatic cleanser in the botanical kingdom.Its acts as a natural antibiotic and works like penicillin in the body with no side effects; aids in reducing fever, infections, bad breath & mucous build up.

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Euphrasia has been used for centuries for various eye problems. Euphrasia has been used for centuries for various eye problems.It is also used topically, mixed with other herbs to treat conjunctivitis and other inflammations or as an eyewash.

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Fennel is a perennial (but usually grown as an annual) that grows to about 3 to 4 feet tall. The leaves are finely divided into thread-like segments and are light green.Fennel grows easily from seed planted in the garden in spring. Sow in full sun. Space rows 3 feet apart. Thin plants 10 to 12 inches apart and stake when 18 inches tall to protect from wind.

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Garlic cloves have been used for thousands of years and their use has been recorded in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, Japan, India, Russia and Europe. Garlic was dedicated by Roman soldiers to Mars, their god of war. It has been used to ward off demons.

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The rhizome of ginger is used not only as a flavouring for drinks like ginger ale but has also been used as an herbal remedy for asthma and coughs related to inflammation or allergies.There are over 80 species of ginger, historically found in China, Japan, Australia and Hawaii.

Ginkgo Biloba For Memory And Concentration
Jill R. Davies

Many people these days struggle with mental alertness, concentration and even memory retention. This article zooms in on the multiple ways that Ginkgo biloba may support brain function and prevent age-related memory loss.

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A Chinese text dating from the First Century A.D. describes ginseng as “enlightening to the mind and increasing the wisdom.The part of this plant that is used is the root. Panax comes from the Greek for meaning & all healing.In the Ginseng family there are American, Korean, Chinese and Siberian ginsengs. A Chinese text dating from the First Century A.D. describes ginseng enlightening to the mind and increasing the wisdom.Russian folklore promotes ginseng as a stimulant and immunity booster.

Herb Links
Author Unknown

Links to different herb websites.

Herb Of The Month
Diane Aldworth

Information on various herbs.

Herbal Parasite Cleanse For Adults, Children And Pets
Desiree Campher

In her book, The Cure for all diseases, Dr Clark makes many references to the role that parasites play in the generation of disease. She claims that because of the solvent exposure we have in the 21st century and more specifically in the past 50 years, we now have what she calls a “new generation of disease”. She calls this “fluke disease” and documents the correlation between the unprecedented migration and replication of flukes in the system with a number of “new diseases” notably cancer, AIDS, endometriosis, Lupus, Hodgkin’s, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Seizures, Migraines, Depression etc.

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Herbs have been used since time immemorial, particularly for a number of specific purposes, such as fertility and to promote visions.

Herbs And Their History
Body and Mind

Herbs have played an important part in man's life for countless years -- in his politics, romance, love, religion, health, and superstition.

Herbs For Beginning Gardeners
Body and Mind

Beginning herb gardeners may have a problem deciding which herbs to plant because of the large number of herbs from which to select. A quick check of your supermarket shelf will give you some idea of the types of herbs used in cooking and also will serve as a planting guide.

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The therapy is based on the principle that "like cures like".he word Homoeopathy was derived from Greek and means "similar suffering". The therapy is based on the principle that "like cures like". It has been practiced for thousands of years, but the development of homoeopathy as a medical system only took place in the late 18th century.

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Hyssop is a hardy perennial that grows no more than 2 feet tall. It has woody stems, small pointed leaves, and spikes of small purple flowers. There also are forms with pink or white flowers. If kept clipped, it makes a good border or small hedge.<

Immune Building And Flu And Cold Fighters
Desiree Campher

It is apparent that an article on flu/colds and Immune Boosters is appropriate at this time as we experience radical changes in our weather patterns. Not only do we get winter flu but also change of seasons and summer flu. Probably the worst part of this is that you are not quite sick enough to stay at home, but still feel very out of sorts. The headaches, blocked nose and inability to concentrate, fevers, congested chest and all over body aches and pains, creates energy of total misery.

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Lavender is a many-branched, somewhat woody, perennial plant growing 1 ½ to 3 feet tall. The narrow leaves are about 2 inches long and have a pleasing gray-green color.

Lavender Augustifolia - Also Known As English Lavender
Jean Franklin

Everyone knows about the soothing properties of Lavender but are you aware that it is the most versatile of all essential oils
According to a very old European tradition the first lavender plant grew in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eva took a twig of the smelling plant with them when they were driven away from the garden. In Medieval times, people carried lavender posies with them to also protect themselves against the plague and the street smells.

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The leaves and stems of lovage give a celery flavour to soups and salads. Blanch stem bases before eating.Lovage is a hardy perennial with large, rich green leaves that resemble those of celery. The leaves are stronger tasting, but sweeter than celery.Lovage does best in a rich, fairly moist soil and can be propagated from seed planted in late summer.Use the leaves fresh, or dry them at any time.

Marjoram (sweet)
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Sweet marjoram, usually grown as an annual, is one of the most fragrant and popular of all herbs. Its growth habit is low and spreading, and it reaches a height of about 8 to 12 inches. It has small, oval, gray-green leaves that are velvety to the touch.This plant can be easily grown from seed or cuttings. In colder climates, it is best treated as an annual or kept over winter as a pot plant.

Milk Thistle Is Back!
Bernard Brom

Milk Thistle is a remarkable herb, the benefits of which have been experienced by hundreds of thousands of South Africans and, without doubt, many millions worldwide. Like broccoli, the humble cabbage and other members of the Brassica family, Milk Thistle originates from the Mediterranean. Its use as a liver tonic has been known and documented for hundreds of years. Its unique mode of action makes it work, among other things, as a selective antioxidant in liver cells, conferring protection from the damaging effects of free radicals. UK-based magazine The Ecologist states that, “Milk Thistle is another weed that can prove a tasty addition to your supper...raw shoots eaten as crudités”. Elsewhere, the National Toxicology Program of the Department of Health and Human Services in the USA, citing an article by Awang published in a 1993 edition of the Canadian Pharmacists Journal, eclares that, “Milk Thistle has a long history of European cultivation for food”.

Oregano(wild Marjoram)
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Oregano, also called "wild marjoram," is a hardy perennial that has sprawling stems which can grow to 2 feet tall. This plant is much coarser than sweet marjoram and smells more like thyme. It has small pink or white flowers.Oregano grows well in poor soil and can be propagated by seed or division. Thin plants 10 to 12 inches apart. Stimulate foliage by cutting back flowers. Replant when plants become woody in 3 to 4 years.

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Parsley is a hardy biennial that is usually treated as an annual. It is popular because of its much-divided, sometimes curly leaves which have a characteristic flavor and smell.Cut parsley when the leaves are of suitable size. Leaves can be used fresh or dried.Parsley is one of the most familiar of all herbs and is used for both garnishing and flavouring.

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Peppermint is a perennial plant with spreading rootstalks and many upright stems 2 feet or more in height. Its dark green leaves and reddish-tinged stems have a characteristic warm, spicy scent. Tiny purplish flowers appear in thick terminal spikes 1 to 3 inches long.Peppermint does best in a rich, moist soil. Propagate by division or cuttings. The plant will grow in sun or shade.

Plantain - Plantago Major / Lanceolata
Author Unknown

Also known as headsman -chimney-sweeps -buckhorn -fire weed

Preserving Herbs
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Answering the question of drying or freezing along with information on classic uses.

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Rosemary grows best in well-drained, sunny locations in lime-rich soil. It can be propagated by cuttings or grown from seed. Pinch the tips to direct growth.>Rosemary is a popular flavouring for meats and dressings or as a garnish on large roasts. Oil from leaves is used in medicine.

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Sage is a woody, hardy perennial plant with oblong, woolly, grey-green leaves that are lighter underneath and darker on top. Sage grows 2 to 3 feet or more in height and has a tendency to sprawl.Start from seed or cuttings. A slow starter, sow seed indoors and transplant. Plant sage where it will receive full sun.

Salad Herbs With A Difference
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Salad has become part of our everyday cuisine, it’s a much more exciting, and healthy, way of getting our daily intake of vitamins and minerals compared to the obligatory boiled vegetables of the past.

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Spearmint grows best in a somewhat moist soil and can be propagated by cuttings or division. Renew beds every 3 to 4 years. Growth is enhanced by frequent cuttings.

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Tarragon will grow in full sun but seems to do better in semi shade. It can be propagated from root cuttings or by division. It needs protection in winter in cold climates. Make new plantings every 3 to 4 years.Tarragon is an herbaceous perennial that grows to about 2 feet tall. It has multibranched growth with narrow, somewhat twisted, green leaves.

The Wonderful Benefits Of Fennel
Desiree Campher

Fennel is well known in the culinary world for its anise-like flavour, but also has natural sources of vitamins, minerals and fibre. It is renowned for its power to combat digestive discomforts. Fennel seed contains anethole, a compound that has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. The volatile oils in the seeds are known to increase the secretion of digestive enzymes in the stomach, which in turn promotes better digestion and nutrient absorption. It also acts as a mild laxative and has anti-oxidants that leap in to defend the body from free radical damage. The seed can be chewed to relieve heart burn and freshens the breath

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Thyme is a low-growing, wiry-stemmed perennial that reaches about 6 to 10 inches in height. The stems are stiff and woody and leaves are small, oval, and gray-green in color. The lilac flowers are borne in small clusters and the leaves are very aromatic.This plant grows best in light, well-drained soil. Thin plants 8 to 12 inches apart. It is best to renew the plants every few years

Two Significant Reasons To Detox
Desire Campher

We know, at least instinctively, that we need to clean up our bodies and our lifestyles. Many of us feel we are not functioning at full potential or we have been diagnosed with something serious or debilitating.

Uses For Avocado Oil
Vicki Berry

Rich in antioxidants, Avocado Oil can be applied directly to the skin to help heal and soften damaged skin and treat dry or aged skin. This is a thick, fatty oil that is fabulous for moisturising and treating all skin (and hair) types. Avocado oil soothes the upper layers of skin and rehydrates at the same time. Dry hair will also benefit from avocado oil, as it is rich, nourishing, and softening.

Uses For Kalahari Melon Seed Oil
Vicki Berry

Sourced from Namibia where it has been used to quench parched skin for hundreds of years, Kalahari Melon Seed Oil is jam-packed full of essential fatty acids that help to renew your skin's elasticity. Although very light, and naturally absorbent, this is still a very powerful oil, penetrating your skin's surface to eradicate toxins while offering gentle, yet effective re-hydration.

Welcome To The Alchemy Estoeric Shoppe
Brigitte Holmes

That is exactly the spirit of Alchemy Esoteric Shoppe and Wellness Centre. This is the place where like-minded individual gather and enchant their authentic spirit in a beautiful, safe and sacred space for healers, therapists teachers -an environment where they could make their dreams come true and a place where their heart-centred business could be nurtured and shared with other like-minded souls without having to worry about anything more than their mere being.

What Is Black Cumin And Why Is It So Powerful?
Desiree Campher

Black Cumin Seeds (Nigella Sativa) have been used for centuries in herbal remedies and has earned it high ranking to the ability it has to act as an Elixir for all illnesses. It has now come to the fore again in it powerful use in the treatment of cancer and HIV/Aids as well as effectiveness against bacteria , viruses, ulcers, diabetes, chronic inflammation and deadly parasites. It contains over 100 chemical compounds and more yet to be discovered.

What Is Lysine
Desiree Campher

Lysine is an amino acid found in the protein of foods such as beans, cheese, yogurt, meat, milk, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, and other animal proteins. Proteins derived from grains such as wheat and corn tend to be low in lysine content. The bio-availability of lysine is reduced with food preparation methods, such as heating foods in the presence of a reducing sugar (i.e., fructose or glucose); heating foods in the presence of sucrose or yeast; and cooking in the absence of moisture at high temperatures. The average 70 kg human requires 800 to 3,000 mg of lysine daily.

Why Treat The Skin On Your Face Different To The Skin On Your Body
Down to Earth

It would be very convenient if you could use a "one-size-fits-all" solution for all of your skin, but they are hard to find. Why? Because skin is constructed differently in different areas and products are made to cater to those differences. In our latest blog post we examine the main differences between the skin on your face and the skin on your body, and highlight the differences in skincare products formulated for face vs body.

Woodruff (sweet)
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Sweet woodruff is a low, spreading, perennial plant that forms clumps about 8 inches in height. The slender leaves are borne in starry whorls. The flowers are tiny and white and form in loose clusters. When the plant is crushed, it has a sweet scent similar to freshly mown hay and vanilla.