Plants are more capable of influencing our bodies than most realize through not only physical but spiritual means-- enhancing the potency of what are deceivingly weak, but actually powerful, living things.
As an Intro my thoughts became incandescent at the idea of compiling my wisdom of plants. Then I ran because I'm lazy. It was Anush's request. Why would anyone be interested?
For every disease, or burning desire, there is a plant that can cure or grant this.
Though this may seem like a long list, it isn't. I hope you discover more.
Only one aspect of a plant is encompassed within this Index
Pt. I Healing Herbs
Pt. II Magical and Sacred Plants (You probably should not be mess with these, take caution)
Pt. III The Best Plants to Eat
Pt. IV Weeds Have Their Purpose: Garden Weeds That Are Nutrition
Pt. V Outside Source Plants I Included
This reviews much as it includes the healing and medicinal properties of certain plants, the spiritual and magical uses of others, and also the ones used for nutrition which is also important.
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A. What you Can Garden
B. The most Amazing Plants
A. Healing Herbs That Could Be Included in Your Garden
Known as one of the purest plants, nicknamed holy basil, its ability to purify the blood of toxins, kill bacteria, or to treat skin disorders is very useful. Some of its other wide capabilities include its anticancer and antiviral properties or using its scent which can act as an insect repellent and to deal with stress. The Ancient Romans used it to treat poisonings, such as stings from scorpions, and to stimulate breast milk production. In India it is also used to treat asthma and diabetes.
This is the great “warming” herb, increasing blood flow and circulation. The carnosic acid in rosemary can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and because it can increase circulation in the brain it is often a plant used for memory.
Its ability to remove toxic heavy metals from the blood and tissues has made it a very great purifier. It is antiflammatory, antibacterial, helps with digestion, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol, helps with gas/upset stomachs, helps with nausea, and also contains many nutrients such as iron and magnesium.
This “cure all” has not only been known to kill intestinal parasites but has been known to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and immune system boosting properties. Those living during the bubonic plague of old Europe had eaten it to protect themselves. Not only does it prevent infection internally but can be used externally as well. It is a natural pesticide against mosquito larvae and can help lower blood sugar and blood pressure also. If eaten in a large enough quantity it can ward off bites from fleas, ticks, and other parasites. Some interesting qualities it contains are its ability to brighten the face, drive away envy and jealousy from the heart, and to increase the semen.
To some it is known as the King of plants. Not only is it extremely rich in vitamins, and minerals, it can cure auto-immune disorders, relieve swelling, heal arthritis, lower cholesterol, prevent strokes, cleanse the blood and liver, helps the digestive, urinary, glandular, and skeletal systems, heals arthritis, helps with diabetes, dissolves kidney stones, prevents hair loss, and more. Soak in a bath of alfalfa and it extracts just about everything toxin and infection from the skin.
It was used by the Russian government to help with the Chernobyl disaster because of its ability to remove toxins from the soil. Using its leaves in a tea, it can be used as a diuretic, to reduce fever, and an astringent as well as taken to reduce colds.
Similar to basil, it helps with digestive problems and can be also used to treat wounds. It has antifungal and antiviral properties as well. Similar to mint, can be chewed to clean the mouth. In the past it was used to treat depression, and epilepsy. Because of its antispasmodic properties it can relieve coughing.
These can cure ingested poisons, help with fatigue, and control excessive bleeding. Both the bulbs and leaves if used as a salve on insect any cut or bite can heal them and keep them infection free. The liver, kidney, or digestive system can also benefit from this if taken when there is a gastro-intestinal issue. Chive Family: Chives can also be used to treat intestinal parasites, enhance the immune system, and it also helps with digestion. It can treat anemia as well. Other parts of the chive family like onions, scallions, and leeks have flavanols which have anti-tumor effects which can reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Aloe vera is one of the greatest of healers, sections of it even heals itself once sliced from its mother branch (sealing away its own juices so its gel never dries out). It is known to have large quantities of Ormus compared to any other plant. It has been used to treat wounds and also skin infections. Because of its inflammatory properties it is great for reducing pain, redness in the skin and allergic reactions. It has been known to relieve constipation it is known treat heartburn as well.
Famous for cats, it actually has more uses for humans. It can lower fevers through making one sweat, is a mild sedative and helps toothaches if chewed. It is also known as an insect repellent and works 10 times better than DEET.
Peppermint is numbing and can help with arthritis, soothing headaches when placed on temples, skin irritations, aches and pains, nausea, diarrhea and flatulence. It is best known in helping stomach aches by calming the stomach and contributing to digestion. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and can relieve chest congestion. Many chew its leaves to have breath and to kill bacteria in the mouth.
Similar to Sunflowers, can detoxify soil and are also a diuretic. It can remove heavy metals from the blood and as a tea it can regulate blood sugar levels. It can be used to treat eczema, arthritis, and also intestinal disorders. They also contain potassium, which experts say is lost through excessive urination.
This flower not only has a tranquil and beautiful scent but it has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Its relaxing scent helps treat depression, insomnia, headaches, and other stress-induced ailments.
This antiflammatory is known to reduce blood pressure and can also treat psoriasis. Its oils can be used for anticonvulsant and sedative means. It is also capable of treating arthritis, urinary disorders, and hypertension.
Echinacea Purple Cone Flower
Best known to prevent sickness, it can help strengthen the immune system by stimulating the production of T-cells. Its anti-viral and anti-fugal abilities make it great for colds and respiratory infections. It can also be used topically on scratches and cuts. Other uses for it include ear infections, gingivitis, canker sores, bronchitis, yeast infections, enlarged lymph glands, sore throat, urinary infections, and more.
These flowers are known to ward off pests such as rabbits, deer, and even insects! Can be included in gardens to deter small animals because of their odor, which some claim disguises the smell of the vegetables in garden. There are also some anti-inflammatory and antibiotic (bacteria, fungi and viruses) properties. Some known treatments used from this plant are for athletes foot and ringworm.
Its bark and leaves can be used to treat eczema if crushed as a liquid, as it is wildly known to treat skin disorders. However it can also be used as an eyewash, to treat bruises, sores, acne, and is also good for diarrhea.
St. John's Wort
Its blossoms have been known to get rid of depression and lift the spirits, and also to treat other mental disorders. Native Americans have used it to treat wounds, extreme pain, and tubercolosi. It is also a very strong antiviral. If kept in a pot inside or outside it keeps away evil spirits.
Native to the tropical rain forests, is very good at boosting the immune system and destroying a cold. The Native Americans used ginger for female gynecological problems, cardiac and even respiratory disorders. Many women used this during pregnancy to quell the nausea or upset stomachs as it can be used against motion sickness and to help digestion by causing circulation to be stimulated by dilating blood vessels. It also has an anti-tumor compound “aristocholic acid”.
B. The Most Amazing Plants
Because of its essential oil, it is known an amazing “cure all” that has many different ways of healing. It has been known to be used against hair loss, acne, tuberculosis, bronchitis, arthritis, anxiety, depression, dandruff, stimulating circulation, alzheimer’s disease (or other forms of senility), and many other diseases. It is both calming and purifying, a cerebral stimulant that has been known to enhance awareness, eliminating disorders such as ADHD, and allow its user to think clearly as it can pass into the brain through inhalation and stimulate blood circulation. It is said the palaces of King David and King Solomon were built of cedar. It is 98% sesquiterpenes, which has been said to delete erase misinformation written in the DNA as a result of trauma, abuse, loss, ancestral or generational, and limiting beliefs Other uses include insect repellant if dabbed on skin or even in clothes drawers, if added to soles of feet can boost the immune system.
Best known as a living fossil, it is the oldest living species of tree because of its 200 million year history. It was present in the time of the dinosaurs. It is considered sacred by Buddhist monks who tended them near their temples and in forests. It is resistant to many environmental pollutants and as a tea can be used to treat Alzheimer’s, improve memory, and can be used for poor circulation in the body and the brain. The Chinese have used it to treat asthma and cerebral disorders.
Turmeric is a powerful plant which has anti-cancer and antioxidant properties as well as reducing inflammation in arthritis. It’s been known to prevent breast cancer if either taken internally or applied on the skin. It is also widely used for beauty in Indian cultures due to its ability to heal skin problems such as infections, boils, or discoloration as it can also bleach and remove tans from the skin.
These are Powerful Plants.
Take Caution, and Care.
Do Plenty of More Research.
It has been known to refresh the mind, create prophetic dreams, and also help with difficult decisions if placed underneath a pillow. It is said rubbing it into the skin makes it possible to achieve all the hearts desires or to break curses. It was used to predict the future and also lift spells, being used as a plant of prophecy for thousands of years. Its scent removes worries and is calming for sleep. It was also used in love potions or to rekindle a dying passion.
It is said to aid in both prophecy and astral projection however no part of this plant should ever be ingested even in low doses. Smelling its flowers can help in getting an insight to difficult decisions but do not keep its scent in a closed room as it is a mild narcotic. This extremely dangerous plant can induce a state of forgetfulness. Anyone who drinks it while under its influence will not be able to remember what was done. It can also be used as an anesthetic, and any pain can be annihilated if its flowers are used on the ache because of its numbing affect.
The great purifier, this plant can flush out the body of every toxin in the blood and flesh. It has anti-bacterial properties and can be used on the skin for many ailments or for problems such as gingivitis. Many use it as an incense to drive away negative energy and to purify a place of evil entities. Its smell creates a meditative environment, and can induce lucid dreaming and heighten spiritual senses. Depending on how you take it (warm or cold) its effects differ, as taken warm it can “open up” systems and increases circulation and flow, while taken cold it can “close up” and still the internal systems. It is great for female gynecological issues, and starts and mediates the menstrual flow.
Also known as deadly nightshade, it has been associated with dark spirits. Sumerians used it 5,000 years ago to treat those possessed. The Greeks used it like they used mandrakes. It is associated with beauty and erotic love and used in many love potion. European witches used it as an ointment when attempting to fly on a broom and often applied it when trying to induce any charm or amulet for a darker purpose. Put it underneath a pillow when you fall asleep and it can help prevent a partner from straying (while also giving you erotic dreams).
This plant is famous for bringing longevity in life and is eaten as salads or drinking in tea especially in the Chinese culture. It is used by Koreans to treat depression and vertigo. If you have a fear for heights drinking this will increase ambition and confidence. A rumor is said drinking from a stream that flows between the bushes of this plant can make one immortal.
It is associated with demons and is extremely toxic, if planted outside the home will ward off evil spirits. It was administered to possessed victims as well but also used on tips of arrows to poison people. It blooms in December and is known as the Christmas rose as well even while other plants whither in the snow. It can also cure worms in children. It drives away the feeling of “foreboding” or an unpleasant atmosphere and instead provides a feeling of protection.
It is symbolic of innocence and is known as the plant of purity and light, as well as being associated with children. It leaves cam be used to heal stiffness, back ache, pains, and arthritis. It also reduces swelling and bruises. It was used as protection for children who wore it while walking alone so not to be taken away by faeries.
This flower of love as it represents pure virgin love of the young. It has been used by the Greeks and Romans to make love strong if drunken together by lovers as a tea. It is also used for beauty to keep the skin youthful and fresh. It has a sweet smell and uplifts ay feelings of unhappiness in the heart. Some have used it for babies and are put underneath their mattresses to keep them happy
Its scent is linked with love, and it can help heal a broken heart if used as an incense or tea. It is used to cure dizziness, and is known as a powerful charm against evil. It can be conducive to meditation especially if focused on purity or love. It was used to treat skin cancers and gypsies currently use it to rid the body of tumors and other purifications.
This Daffodil flower was known to be symbolic of new beginnings and is great for starting new projects or starting a new direction if burning it as incense. It is also capable of numbing pain, and is known to cause lethargy. It is strong enough to induce headaches if the scent of its flowers overcomes a small space. It can be used as an aphrodisiac as well.
The Orange Tree Blossom
Its scent been known to be able to create a meditative state and empty mind as it is symbolic of spiritual innocence and freshness. It is good for indigestion, insomnia, and also making the body relaxed. It is thought to bestow fertility and good fortune.
Plants You Should Definitely Eat
Kales: This plant grows in the snow and the heat! It is known to get sweeter when it frosts. Vitamin C, B1, B2, B6, B3 or niacin, Vitamin A, K, E. Minerals are Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Mangenese,
Selenium, Calcium, Folate.
Musk Melon: Is drought resistant and can survive in intense heat with little water. Has a lot of vitamin A 100+%, Vitamin C 100+%, Vitamin B, Folica acid, Protein, Potassium. Has a sweet flavor and is a great bulk diet with lots of fiber.
Winter Melon: Very nutritious and grows during the winter season, great for switching out plants out of season. Has protein and a lot of Vitamin C, vitamins A and B and a great bulk item for the diet. They can measure 15 inches in diameter and can weigh in excess of thirty pounds at maturity. They can also keep in a cool place for months. A lot of options when cooking, can be steamed, simmered, braised or parboiled and added to stir-fries or in soups. this rather mild and bland melon with strong spices and herbs. Tastes better if you season.
Silverbeet or Swiss Chard: This plant is capable of growing even in the snow or hot heat. It has high fiber, Vitamins; C, E, A, B6, B1 or thiamine, Potassium, Riboflavin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper,
Manganese, Folate, and Zinc.
Winter Squash (i.e. Butternut Squash): Grows in the winter time. 450+% Vitamin A, a lot of Vitamin C, Iron, calcium, potassium and protein and beta carotene (found in carrots). Bulk item.
Alfalfa Sprouts: Have Vitamin C, B1, B2, B6, B3 or niacin, Vitamin A, K, E. Minerals are Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Mangenese, Selenium, Calcium.
Spinach: A rich source of protein, minerals, vitamins, pigments and phytonutrients. Health benefits of spinach are due to presence of vitamins, pigments, phytonutrients and minerals like potassium, manganese, zinc, magnesium, iron and calcium. Spinach is a source of vitamins like folate, niacin, vitamin A, B6, C and traces of the rest of the vitamins. Other important elements, including thiamine and riboflavin, that are used in various reactions in our body are also found in spinach. Spinach is rich in pigments like beta carotene, lutein and xanthene and chlorophyllin etc.
Yellow Crookneck Squash: A lot of protein, vitamin A, C, Calcium, and Iron, Riboflavin, Niacin. Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, manganese, Selenium.
Micro greens: High levels of Vitamin C, B9,K and Vitamin A, and many other nutrients.
Green Peas: Vitamin A, Vitamin c, Iron, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Manganese, phosphorus, but has sugar.
Leeks: Have Vitamin A, vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, B6, Magnesium, Vitamin K, dietary fiber. Have many other things such phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper selenium, niacin.
Lentils: have a lot of protein, calcium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B9, Iron, but also has zinc. Copper, Magnesium, Selenium .
Alternative Plants Included from these sources:
Neem has been used for treating all sorts of skin problems for centuries. It contains Nimbidol and Gedunin, which have excellent fungicidal properties. The herb proves extremely effective in the treatment of skin disorders, such as warts, scabies, psoriasis, eczema, and dandruff. Neem: Neem has been used for treating all sorts of skin problems for centuries. It contains Nimbidol and Gedunin, which have excellent fungicidal properties. The herb proves extremely effective in the treatment of skin disorders, such as warts, scabies, psoriasis, eczema, and dandruff.
Other people make a tea using the leaves of this plant. The fruit can be used in recipes as a reputed remedy against tuberculosis, arthritis, cancer, rheumatism and the changes of old age. The leaves and bark of the stem can be pounded and strained, resulting in a liquid drunk as a tonic or for urinary disorders, muscle and joint pain. The juice of the fruit is applied to the hair to rid it of head lice, uku,
Perhaps the most potent of the three calming herbs, kava is a central nervous system depressant famous for its sedative effects in the limbic (emotion) system. Used for centuries throughout Asia and the western Pacific, kava and kava extracts have been scientifically proven to reduce short-term anxiety and tensions related to stress when taken occasionally. Due to its potency as a numbing agent and sedative, high dosages over prolonged periods can cause irritation in the liver and can be generally detrimental to health. Traditional Chinese medicine typically associates the root of the kava plant for safe consumption in small quantities---chewing on the root, for instance, is a common method of relieving tongue and throat pain, as it releases a number of numbing agents. For individuals requiring a quick calming effect, take a dropper of kava tincture up to three times a day, up to three days a week, until the symptoms of stress have been eliminated.
Iis a generalist medicinal plant used for diverse ailments such as cough, pulmonary infections, asthma, influenza, allergy, hypertension and stomach ache. The seeds are considered carminative, stimulant, diuretic and galactogogue. It is often taken with honey. Seed powder or oil is externally applied for eruptions of skin
Comfrey contains allantoin used in ointments for psoriasis and other skin problems. It has been known since Greek and Roman antiquity and used primarily externally as a poultice for surface wounds and to form a cast to hold broken bones immobile while they knit. Comfrey is a corruption of the Latin "con firma" implying that the bone is "made firm". "Symphyton" is derived from the Greek "plants growing together" in the sense of "causing to unite
The Chippewa Indians used the flowers to treat psychosis. The fruit contains anthocyanosides. These chemical compounds are very powerful antioxidants that are very effective in the prevention of heart disease and cancer.
Hen-and-chicks or Houseleek
The Latin botanical name has an historical reference. Charlemagne (742-814 A.D.) recommended that his subjects plant these hardy prolific plants on the roof of their houses to ward off lightening and fire. The leaves contain tannins and mucilage that are soothing to skin. It is used in the treatment of burns, skin wounds and infections.
America Indians and Europeans found multiple medicinal uses for this plant. The leaves are mildly astringent so that they can be used as a gargle to treat sore throats. The leaves as well as the fruit contain a diuretic.
Preparations made from the roots and leaves were used by North American Indians (Mohicans and Penobscots) in poltices to treat bruises, snake bites and superficial lacerations. Such preparations have effective antiseptic properties.
Butterfly Weed or Pleurisy Root
This plant is native to North America. Omaha Indians ate the raw root to treat bronchitis and taught the pioneers to do the same. It is an expectorant; it promotes coughing that raises phlegm. It also contains cardiac glycosides and an estrogen-like substance.
Preparations made from the roots or leaves are used to treat edema, indigestion and to prevent the formation of kidney stones.
Pliny II, 1st Century A.D. wrote that tea made from the seeds and mixed with wine relieved nausea. In 16th century Italy, it was considered a cure-all. American Indians made poultices from the plant and applied them to sores, insect stings and swollen limbs to relieve pain. Taken internally, it may be useful in treating digestive and urinary tract infections because it contains a large amount of mucilage.
This plant is indigenous to Asia; it gets its common English name, the wrinkled rose, from the appearance of its leaves. It has naturalized itself in the sand dunes of the New England seacoast. In China, the flowers are used to make tea to improve the circulation and to “soothe a restless fetus”. Tea and Jelly made from the rose hips are a very rich source of Vitamin C. The rose hips of this plant have the highest natural concentration of Vitamin C of any other natural source of Vitamin C, including all of the citrus fruits. For the sufferer of scurvy, the Rosa rugosa is a medicinal plant; for the rest of us, it is a nutritional plant.
American Indians used root tea to treat parasitic infestations such as pinworm. They used it externally to treat snake bits, superficial wounds and earaches.
Weeds as Nutrition
Below from GLP "pink cat"
Garlic Mustard Alliaria Petiolata
Lady’s Thumb Polygonum persicaria
Asiatic (Oriental) Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Porcelainberry (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Japaniese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
Garlic mustard was introduced in North America as a culinary herb in the 1860s and is an invasive species in much of North America. As of 2006[update], it is listed as a noxious or restricted plant in the US. In many areas of its introduction in Eastern North America, it has become the dominant under-story species in woodland and flood plain environments. The insects and fungi that feed on it in its native habitat are not present in North America, increasing its seed productivity and allowing it to out-compete native plants. Garlic Mustard produces allelochemicals which suppress mycorrhizal that most plants, including native forest trees, require for optimum growth.
One common name of Garlic mustard is “Sauce-alone”, due to its rich, complex flavor.
The chopped leaves are used for flavoring in salads and sauces such as pesto, and sometimes the flowers and fruit are included as well. These are best when young, and provide a mild flavour of both garlic and mustard. The seeds are sometimes used to season food. Garlic mustard was once used medicinally as a disinfectant or diuretic and was sometimes used to heal wounds. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties, thus supporting immune system.
The mustard garlic has the highest levels of nutrients of any leafy green ever analyzed… It’s high in vitamin A, beta carotene, zinc, manganese and fiber.
Lady’s Thumb Persicaria vulgaris
This plant contains persicarin and tannins. In medicine, Redshank is used against diarrhoea and infections. The leaves and young shoots may be eaten as a palatable and nutritious leaf vegetable. It is often seen as a weed and rarely cultivated. A yellow dye can be produced from this plant with alum used as a mordant.
Medicinal Uses: Cherokee Drug (Analgesic): Decoction mixed with meal and used as poultice for pain. (Dermatological Aid): Crushed leaves rubbed on poison ivy. (Urinary Aid): Infusion taken for “gravel.”
Chippewa Drug (Analgesic): Decoction of leaves and flowers taken for stomach pain. (Gastrointestinal Aid): Simple or compound decoction of flowers and leaves taken for stomach pain.
Iroquois Drug (Antirheumatic (External): Decoction of plant used as a foot and leg soak for rheumatism. (Heart Medicine): Plant used for heart trouble.
The leaves are astringent, diuretic, rubefacient and vermifuge. An infusion has been used as a treatment for gravel and stomach pains. A decoction of the plant, mixed with flour, has been used as a poultice to help relieve pain. A decoction of the plant has been used as a foot and leg soak in the treatment of rheumatism. The crushed leaves have been rubbed on poison ivy rash
Food Uses: Leaves and young shoots – raw or cooked. They contain about 1.9% fat, 5.4% pectin, 3.2% sugars, 27.6% cellulose, 1% tannin.
Seed – raw or cooked. It is rather small and fiddly to utilize.
Other Notes: A yellow dye is obtained from the plant when alum is used as a mordant
Source: [link to healthyhomegardening.com]
Astringent, diuretic, rubefacient. In European folk medicine, knotweed (lady’s thumb) is used for arthritis, lung problems, diarrhea, jaundice and chronic eczema.
Infusion: steep 1 tsp herb in 1 cup water. Take 1-2 cups/day
Source: The Herb Book, by John Lust
Asiatic (Oriental) Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Medicine and other products: Oriental bittersweet is an Asian folk medicine used for treating rheumatoid arthritis and bacterial infections. Medical and pharmacological studies show that Oriental bittersweet derivatives have antitumor, antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and insecticidal properties [66,67,108]. One Oriental bittersweet derivative shows ability to reverse multidrug resistance of cancer cells to cancer-treatment drugs [75,76]. Oriental bittersweet bark is used as a fine fiber in China . Enzymes in Oriental bittersweet leaves clot milk. These leaf extracts may provide an alternative to calf rennet enzymes used in making cheese .
Porcelainberry (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata)
A spirits-extracted fraction of berries of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (Maxim.) Trautv. (Vitaceae) is used in Japanese folk medicine to treat liver disease.
In Asia, porcelainberry has been used in traditional folk medicine as an anti-inflammatory, diuretic, anti-hepatotoxic agent , and to treat liver disease . Porcelainberry extracts are being investigated for their antioxidant activity  and their potential to be used to treat liver disease 
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Medicinal uses for purple loosestrife date back to the 1st century (Stevens 1961 as cited in Thompson 1987). The generic name, Lythrum, is derived from the Greek root for blood, and herbal references mention the astringent or styptic properties. Tonics made from flowering branches, leaves, and roots treated ailments that included dysentery, internal and external bleeding, and healing of wounds and ulcers (Thompson et al. 1987).
It has been used as an astringent medicinal herb to treat diarrhea and dysentery; it is considered safe to use for all ages, including babies. It is also cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens. It has also been introduced in many areas of North America by bee keepers, due to its abundunce of flowers which provide a large source of nectar. Source: wickipedia.com
Japanese Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica
Chin Yin Hua, Chin Yin T’Eng, Honeysuckle, Japanese Honeysuckle, Jen Tung, Jen Tung Chiu, Jen Tung Kao, Sui-Kazura, Yin Hua, Hall’s Honeysuckle, White honeysuckle, Chinese honeysuckle, Halliana
Japanese honeysuckle is edible and medicinal. High in Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium, the leaves can be parboiled and eaten as a vegetable. The edible buds and flowers, made into a syrup or puddings. The entire plant has been used as an alternative medicine for thousands of years in Asia.
The active constituents include calcium, elaidic-acid, hcn, inositol, linoleic-acid, lonicerin, luteolin, magnesium, myristic-acid, potassium, tannin, and zink. It is alterative, antibacterial, antiinflammatory, antispasmodic, depurative, diuretic, febrifuge, and is also used to reduce blood pressure. The stems are used internally in the treatment of acute rheumatoid arthritis, mumps and hepatitis. The stems are harvested in the autumn and winter, and are dried for later herb use. The stems and flowers are used together a medicinal infusion in the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections (including pneumonia) and dysentery. An infusion of the flower buds is used in the treatment of a wide range of ailments including syphillitic skin diseases and tumors, bacterial dysentery, colds, and enteritis.
Experimentally, the flower extracts have been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels and are antibacterial, antiviral and tuberculostatic. Externally, the flowers are applied as a medicinal wash to skin inflammations, infectious rashes and sores. The flowers are harvested in early morning before they open and are dried for later herb use. This plant has become a serious weed in many areas of N. America, it might have the potential to be utilized for proven medicinal purposes. Other uses include; Ground cover, Insecticide, Basketry, vines used to make baskets. The white-flowers of cultivar ‘Halliana’ has a pronounced lemon-like perfume.
Pigsweed, Slender Amaranth (A. blitum )
Appearance and Habitat: A cosmopolitan weed growing on waste ground in Temperate and Tropical zones. An annual growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). It is hardy to zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 10-Apr It is in flower in August, and the seeds ripen in September.
Edible Uses: Leaves – raw or cooked as a spinach. The leaves contain about 3.88% protein, 1.1% fat, 9.38% carbohydrate, 3.2% ash, 323mg Ca, 8.3mg Fe, they are very rich in Vitamins A & C, rich in vitamin B1. The leaves are used as a potherb in order to remove poison from the system. Seed – cooked. Used as a cereal substitute in cakes, porridge etc. Very small, about 1.2mm in diameter, but it is easy to harvest and very nutritious. The seed can be cooked whole, and becomes very gelatinous like this, but it is rather difficult to crush all of the small seeds in the mouth and thus some of the seed will pass right through the digestive system without being assimilated. An edible dye is obtained from the seed capsules.
Medicinal Uses: A fluid extract of the plant is used as an astringent internally in the treatment of ulcerated mouths and throats, externally as a wash for ulcers and sores. The juice of the roots is used externally to relieve headaches. The plant has a folk reputation for being effective in the treatment of tumours and warts.
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The annoying Goose Grass is a miracle worker!
medicinal uses of cleavers
Do you notice the sticky strange-looking grass that seems to follow you all around and scratch your hands a little if you try to pull it?
-What is this thing?- my neighbor asked me.
-It’s the Cleavers, the Goose Grass (Galium aparine), and an edible miracle worker!
Cleavers is edible and medicinal, it has been used for centuries as an alternative medicine by indigenous peoples on many continents. It is edible raw though said to be unpalatable, mainly used as a pot-herb or as an addition to soups. Using the plant as a vegetable has a slimming effect on the body. Cleavers seed is one of the best coffee substitutes, it merely needs to be dried and lightly roasted and has much the same flavor as coffee. Cleavers has a long history of use as an alternative medicine and is still used widely by modern herbalists. It is used both internally and externally in the treatment of a wide range of ailments. The dried or fresh herb is alterative, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, aperient, astringent, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, tonic, vulnerary and even aphrodisiac.
A valuable diuretic, it is often taken to treat skin problems such as seborrhoea, eczema and psoriasis, and as a general detoxifying agent in serious illnesses such as cancer. The plant contains organic acids, flavonoids, tannins, fatty acids, glycoside asperuloside, gallotannic acid and citric acid. It has a mild laxative effect and stimulates the lymphatic system and has shown benefit in skin related problems. The fresh plant or juice is used as a medicinal poultice for wounds, ulcers and many other skin problems. An infusion of the herb has shown of benefit in the treatment of glandular fever, tonsilitis, hepatitis and cystitis. The infusion is also used to treat liver, bladder and urinary problems. The plant contains the valuable constituent asperuloside, a substance that is converted into prostaglandins by the body. Prostaglandins are hormone-like compounds that stimulate the uterus and affect blood vessels. Much more scientific research is being done on the plant it is of great interest to the pharmaceutical industry.
It is a native to US plant, but can be invasive in the gardens. Well, not any more! I would say, live it and use it. It grows world-wide, common in Australia, Britain, China, Europe, France, Iraq, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, US. Found growing in hedgerows, woods, fields, among cultivated crops and in waste places.
Cultivation: Cleavers is very easy to cultivate it prefers a loose moist leafy soil in partial shade, this plant does not really need any help to reproduce itself and can be invasive. It provides food for the larvae of many butterfly species. The stems and leaves are covered with little hooked bristles, which attach to passing objects, in this way it fastens itself to adjacent shrubs, to climb its way upwards through dense undergrowth into daylight, often forming matted masses.
Leaves are narrow, lance-shaped and are rough along the margins and surface, the prickles pointing backwards, they occur in whorls of 6 to 8 leaves, around and along the square, delicate, branching stem which may grow to 6 or more feet in length.
The flowers are white, tiny, 1/16 to 1/8 inch in diameter and star-like, growing in a stemmed bud rising from the leaf axils and arranged in clusters or whorls, six or eight together, blooming separately, 2 or 3 at a time, so flowers and seeds are present in each cluster. The seeds are little round vessels, covered with hooked bristles and readily clinging, to whatever they touch, ensuring dispersal of the seeds. Note: Some species produce only 2 or 3 flowers and seeds to a cluster. Flowers bloom April thru Sept. Gather the above ground plant, being careful not to gather whatever it touches. Dry for later herb use, should be picked through before drying to ensure herb is contaminant free.
Tea: To 1 pint of boiling water add 3 heaping tbls. of dried or fresh herb, steep 10 min. Take in mouthful doses throughout the day.
nvasives: Oriental Bittersweet Tea
Posted on April 1, 2012 by vifarms
Did I share with you what a wonderful thing it is? I was surprised at the subtle and delicious taste it has, that resembled the dark twig tea of a tea plant, only without the caffeine. Instead, the drink is full of healing goodness and I couldn’t stop having a cup after cup all day, feeling like something very subtle is being fixed inside me.
Oriental Bittersweet is an invasive plant and our NYC parks if full of this medicinal and gourmet vine. Please get to harvest it and relief many trees of this burden.
About a month ago, when I volunteered to remove the Asiatic Bittersweet from Van Cortlandt, I distributed few flyers about the medicinal and edible properties of the invasive weeds among other volunteers. Many people were shocked when they learned about what power plants they are encountering. Still, when I begin to cut the bittersweet vine in chunks and put it in my bag, some people thought I am a little crazy, or at least, “different”. No one took any vine home accept for me. Hundreds of pounds of this amazing plant was just thrown away and wasted.
Well, here is another inspiring message: the Oriental Bittersweet tea is not only good for you, but also delicious.
Here are the properties of the plant, once again:
Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) is an Asian folk medicine used for treating rheumatoid arthritis and bacterial infections. Medical and pharmacological studies show that Oriental bittersweet derivatives have antitumor, antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and insecticidal properties [66,67,108]. One Oriental bittersweet derivative shows ability to reverse multidrug resistance of cancer cells to cancer-treatment drugs [75,76].
Oriental bittersweet bark is used as a fine fiber in China . Enzymes in Oriental bittersweet leaves clot milk. These leaf extracts may provide an alternative to calf rennet enzymes used in making cheese (which probably will not save many calves slaughtered right after birth, but makes cheese-eating a little less cruel)
The list of Invasive Plants. Medicinal and edible uses of Air Potato and Autumn Olive
Listed below are the plant species for which USDA have completed species profiles – general information about plant species commonly known as invasive. This is not a full list of all invasive plant species, nor does it have any regulatory implications. These profiles are provided as an educational informational tool.
We at VIFarms did a research on the traditional medicinal and culinary uses of these plants, which are being exterminated in the US at a great cost. We found that about 98% of the plants- and possibly all the plants- have powerful medicinal qualities, and many are used as food in the countries of their origin. This research is our example of sustainable thinking. We hope a result of this work few pesticide-making companies will make a little less profit and many more people will spend less of their money on drugs to keep healthy and happy.
1.Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera)
2.Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
Beach Vitex (Vitex rotundifolia)
Brazilian Peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolius)
.Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Chinese Tallow (Triadica sebifera)
Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica)
Common Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)
Dalmatian Toadflax (Linaria dalmatica)
Diffuse Knapweed (Centaurea diffusa)
Downy Brome (Bromus tectorum)
Fig Buttercup (Ficaria verna)
7.Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)
Hairy Whitetop (Lepidium appelianum)
Houndstongue (Cynoglossum officinale)
Japanese Climbing Fern (Lygodium japonicum)
9.Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
10. Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)
11. Japanese Spiraea (Spiraea japonica)
Japanese Stilt Grass (Microstegium vimineum)
Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense)
12. Kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata)
13. Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia esula)
Medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae)
14. Mile-A-Minute Weed (Persicaria perfoliata)
15. Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
16. Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans)
Old World Climbing Fern (Lygodium microphyllum)
17. Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
18. Princess Tree (Paulownia tomentosa)
19. Purple Star Thistle (Centaurea calcitrapa)
Quackgrass (Elymus repens)
20. Russian Knapweed (Rhaponticum repens)
21. Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)
22. Saltcedar (Tamarix spp.)
23. St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum)
24 Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
25. Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
26. Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
27. Tropical Soda Apple (Solanum viarum)
28. Whitetop (Lepidium draba)
29. Witchweed (Striga asiatica)
30. Yellow Star Thistle (Centaurea solstitialis)
31. Yellow Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris)
32. Scotch Thistle (Onopordum acanthium)
Wow, this was indeed a great compilation, thanks for sharing it flower.
You're welcome! : )
Dear Flower, thanks for the wonderful information! Just to tell you my experience: during the WWII, I was a teenager in Rome Italy and for about two years (1943-44) the battle of Montecassino was a few kilometers south of my house. We were completely cut of from everything and 3 of us survived on dandelions and other herbs that we could gather in the fields! In another difficult time of my life I survived for several months mainly on alfalfa that I had seeded myself the previous year. Now, in my old age I drink every morning Tulsi tea that is the holy Basil from India. Beside I am vegetarian and use daily many of the greenery and fruits that you mention. I think that is is because of this restricted green diet during most part of my life that I am almost 87 (in few weeks), I am strong, healthy go kayaking on the big Canadian lakes, practice Yoga twice a week, go for long walks in the forest, give talks on health and wrote two books; now I started my third one!
So thank you again for the precious information and keep up the good work!
Ahaha Steve you flatter me. ~___~
Antonietta I admire your beauty and courage after what sounds like could have been the end of the road for you, if it weren't for your family's wisdom of herbs. You will definitely become one of my role models to look up to. Thank you!
Much appreciated information. This is going to make grocery shopping a whole new scavenger hunt experience ;)
Thanks great post!
I've been studying herbs for years and now trying to make my own remedies from them. Lemon balm tea is amazing for instance. Don't even get me started on catnip. LOL
Thanks for posting all of this very inreresing.
Thanks for mentioning lemon balm.. I love lemony flavored herbs like lemon grass, sooo good in soup.
Cheers : )