Healing Herbs

Horehound

What is Horehound?

The common Horehound plant, also known as white Horehound, houndsbane or eye of the star, comes from the mint family, formally known Lamiaceae.  This plant and originally hails from the Mediterranean but became naturalized long ago in Central Europe.  Horehound has small white flowers tucked within the armpits of its leaves. One commonly finds Horehound…

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Spignel Meum Athamanticum plant

Spignel (Meum athamanticum), a Forgotten Medicinal Plant

Spignel is an old medicinal plant largely forgotten today. It is hard to find reference to spignal in most herbal books of this century. Despite scant recognition today, spignel root was actively appreciated by so many ancient physicians, and recommended against urinary disorders, stomach complaints, joint complaints, and mild rheumatism. It is also known as…

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marigold calendula flower uses

Marigold (Calendula) flower uses, a proven medicinal plant

Any medieval garden would have been incomplete without the marigold (Calendula) flower. Similarly, traditional farmers recognized the benefits of having these bright, orange-yellow flowers present in a garden. Like a loyal friend, the marigold flower (Calendula officinalis) grow in an uncomplicated manner, promoting the health of their surroundings. The Calendula flower normally bloom from June until…

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vervain health benefits

Vervain (Verbena): a forgotten medicinal herb 

Vervain has a long history as a medicinal herb across many different cultures. We will explore the healing powers of vervain, the many ways you can use vervain as a healing plant, and how to make vervain tea. Read on to learn how this lovely flowering medicinal herb improves health. What is Vervain or Verbena?…

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benefits peppermint

Health Benefits of Peppermint

Peppermint (mentha piperita) is a hybrid of watermint (mentha hirsute) and spearmint (mentha spicata). All three plants are native to Europe and the Middle East. They are, however, widely cultivated throughout the world. They are all part of the mint (lamicaceae) family of plants. The mint family includes numerous flowering varieties that have a long…

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health benefits of licorice root

Health Benefits of Licorice Root

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) is a perennial legume herb native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. You are probably familiar with the flavor of licorice – or liquorice. But what you might not know is that the health benefits of licorice root go back thousands of years. Modern licorice got its name from the Greek…

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lungwort remedy

Lungwort Remedy

Lungwort (pulmonaria officinalis) is an evergreen perennial plant from the genus of the flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae, known as the borage or forget-me-not family. The takes its name from the Latin root Pulmoa, meaning lung, and was first used by Leonhart Fuchs (1501 – 1566), a German physician and one of the three…

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rose hip remedies

Rose Hip Remedies

Hildegard of Bingen recommended rose hip in winter to treat bronchial conditions and inflammation in the lungs.  She also thought rose hips effective for stomach ailments, such as ulcers related to stress and nervous tension. The other famous German naturopath and priest, Sebastian Kneipp swore by rose hips for addressing kidney and bladder issues. Hildegard’s…

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7 Yarrow health benefits

Yarrow has several health benefits including topical and internal use. In this post we introduce Hildegard’s yarrow applications. Hildegard’s views on Yarrow Applications “After cleaning the wound, simmer yarrow in warm water, once the yarrow has had time to simmer, drain the water, and apply the warm yarrow with a bandage to the wound. The warm moist…

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stinging nettle health benefits

Stinging Nettle Health Benefits

Stinging nettle health benefits go beyond prostate disorders and skin diseases; from rheumatism to anemia – Stinging nettle is a virtual panacea.

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18 bitter healing plants

18 Bitter Healing Plants and Herbs

These healing plants contain bitter substances that are an important part of their overall healing composition. Bitter substances work to stimulate the liver’s metabolic function to restore your body’s powerful detoxifying organ.

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Thyme benefits

Thyme Benefits

Thyme benefits have been known and used for over 4,000 years. Common thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) is culinary and medicinal plant with ancient roots. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks both used thyme for a variety of purposes, eventually spreading throughout the Roman Empire and beyond. Benedictine monks brought the herb to Central Europe and incorporated it into…

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