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Category: Materia Medica

Three Herbs for Anxiety

August 16, 2019

California Poppy is the first plant that comes to mind. Although it contains none of the opiates that this family is famous for, it has a very similar calming effect on the nervous system. It works particularly well for PMS related stress as it has pain relieving and muscle relaxing benefits as well. The whole […]

Oats

May 7, 2019

Avena sativa Common names: Oat straw, Wild Oats Family name: Graminaceae Part used: mature seed as oatmeal, green plant as nerve tonic, anxiolytic, chaff to improve blood lipid profile and reduced formation of atherosclerotic plaques Constituents: proteins, C-glycosyl flavones, avenins, saponins (avenacosides A and B), flavinoid glycosides (quercetin), fixed oil, starch, plant sterols, fatty acids, […]

California Poppy

May 6, 2019

Escholtzia californica Common names: California Poppy Family name: Papaveraceae California Poppy is a common roadside herb here in Victoria, it brightens up the travel with it’s cheering vivid orange flowers. Although it belongs to the poppy family, it contains none of the opioid alkaloids that the family is famous for. Although it has a distinct […]

Feverfew

May 3, 2019

Tanacetum parthenium Feverfew is a composite plant, a hardy biennial to perennial with alternate leaves, covered with soft short hairs or may be almost smooth, 8-10cm long and 3-6cm across, bipinnatifid, with serrate margins, the leaf-stalk is flat on top and round beneath. The leaves differ from those of the otherwise similar Chamomile, whose leaves […]

Yarrow

May 3, 2019

Achillea millefolium Yarrow is one of my favorite herbs. It fulfills all of my ideals: it’s easy to grow, it grows wild locally, a simple water extraction is effective, and it has many applications! It looks very elegant in flower, and the leaves are so finely feathered they have a soft appearance. It makes a […]

Plantain

May 3, 2019

Plantago major This is a very common weed. It is a dark green perennial with round to oblong basal leaves 4 to 8 cm across, with prominent ribs. The flowering spikes are up to 30 cm high and end in cylindrical blunt clusters of small green flowers. Introduced from Europe, the stuff grows everywhere; it […]

Cleavers

May 3, 2019

Galium Aparine This is a weak-stemmed annual with a fine taproot. Every gardener knows it as the plant that attaches itself to anything. The stems are square with tiny hooked bristles on the angles giving a sticky feel, growing 20-100cm in sprawling length. It climbs and scrambles over any nearby vegetation. The leaves occur in […]

Uva Ursi

May 3, 2019

ARCTOSTAPHYLOS UVA URSI This plant is also commonly known as Bearberry, but another name is Kinnikninnik, said to be an Algonquin word for ‘smoking mixture’. It belongs to the Ericaceae family, along with our beloved Arbutus trees. It is a trailing evergreen whose ascending tips rarely reach 20cm in height. It forms a matt with […]

Borage

May 3, 2019

Borago officinalis This wonderful plant is definitely one of the unsung, underused heroes of the medicinal herb world. Known as ‘The plant that cheers.’ it restores adrenal function after steroid use or prolonged stress, mental exhaustion, and depression. It is used to treat toxicity, allergy or infection affecting the digestive tract, and in convalescence. Borage […]

Red Clover

May 3, 2019

TRIFOLIUM PRATENSE This easily recognized plant is a sprawling perennial, its stem grows 1-2 feet high from a single root, and is slightly hairy. The small trifoliate leaves are ternate, ovate, entire, fairly smooth, pointed, and may be lighter in colour towards the center. The ovoid flower head is 1-4cm round, red to purple and […]