Cardamom {Elettaria cardamomum}

Also, Known As: Bastard Cardamom Cardamom Cardamom Seeds Cardamon Ela Elaci Malabar Cardamom Sha-ren Queen of the Spices. The plant is one of the oldest known spices in the world. The ancient Egyptians made extensive use of the cardamom in the manufacture of perfumes and cosmetics. However, the use of the cardamom as an herbal medicine … Continue reading Cardamom {Elettaria cardamomum}

Prickly Ash

Zanthoxylum americanum Also, Known As: Angelica Tree Prickly Ash Suterberry Toothache Tree The prickly ash or the Zanthoxylum americanum is a tall shrub that may also be described as a small tree and usually grows up to a height of twenty feet. The shrub is distinguished by its barbed stalks and branches. The leaves of … Continue reading Prickly Ash

Aromatherapy: Neroli {Citrus aurantium}

Neroli essential oil is obtained from the flowers of the Seville orange trees. This essential is obtained by water distilling the orange blossoms since they are very fragile and, hence, cannot undergo the steam distillation process. The aroma of neroli essential oil has a lot of resemblance to bergamot. Neroli essential oil possesses an invigorating and typical, zesty fragrance with … Continue reading Aromatherapy: Neroli {Citrus aurantium}

Bay Laurel

Laurus nobilis Also, Known As: Bay Laurel Sweet Bay The herb known as the bay laurel or the sweet bay is native to Asia Minor and the Mediterranean region in general - it is a small evergreen shrub or tree. The early Greeks and Romans admired the bay laurel for its beauty and used the … Continue reading Bay Laurel

Oregano

Origanum vulgare Also, Known As: Common Marjoram Oregano True Oregano Turkish Oregano Wild Marjoram Winter Marjoram The famous European herb called the oregano or the pot marjoram is a very familiar spice, botanical name Origanum vulgare. It is a common herb, and the European oregano is known to be a very hardy and perennial herb … Continue reading Oregano

What is Beta-Carotene? What Are The Benefits of Beta-Carotene?

Beta-carotene is a red-orange pigment found in plants and fruits, especially carrots and colorful vegetables. The name beta-carotene comes from the Greek "beta" and Latin "carota" (carrot). It is the yellow/orange pigment that gives vegetables and fruits their rich colors. H. Wachenroder crystallized beta-carotene from carrot roots in 1831 and came up with the name "carotene". … Continue reading What is Beta-Carotene? What Are The Benefits of Beta-Carotene?

Saponin’s

The name saponin is derived from the Latin word 'sapo', which means the plant that consists of the frothing agent when diluted in aqueous solution. Saponins comprise polycyclic aglycones. The sapogenin or the aglycone part is either a triterpene or steroid. The combination of sapogenin, hydrophobic or fat-soluble, hydrophilic or water-soluble sugar part enhances the … Continue reading Saponin’s

Angelica {Angelica archangelica}

Also, Known As: Amara Aromatica American Angelica Angelica Archangelica Archangelica Officinalis Bellyache Root European Angelica Garden Angelica Goutweed Herb Of The Angels High Angelica Holy Ghost Plant Holy Herb Masterwort Purple Angelica Purplestem Angelica Root Of The Holy Ghost Wild Angelica Wild Parsnip Angelica (botanical name Angelica archangelic) is generally a biennial plant that grows … Continue reading Angelica {Angelica archangelica}

Anise {Pimpinella anisum}

Also, Known As: Anise Aniseed Anise Plant Common Anise Hua-hsian Sweet Cumin In the ancient Chinese as well as the traditional Indian or Ayurvedic system of medicine, the herbal remedy anise has assumed a very popular stature and its utilization in various herbal medications is seen in both systems for many centuries now. The most … Continue reading Anise {Pimpinella anisum}

Spiderwort

COMMON NAME: spiderwort GENUS: Tradescantia SPECIES, HYBRIDS: T. andersoniana {hybrid of T. bracteata and T. virginiana} FAMILY: Commelinaceae BLOOMS: summer TYPE: perennial DESCRIPTION: The three petals of the spiderwort blossom are gently scalloped and beautifully colored. Hybrids developed from two native North American species have resulted in flowers in shades of blue, pinks, reds, and … Continue reading Spiderwort