Most of us think of spices as incidental to our diets, but perhaps it's time to update our appreciation of these flavorful, and powerfully health-promoting, seasonings. Spices are defined as any "aromatic vegetable substance." The keyword is a vegetable. Derived from "vegetables" in the form of tree bark {cinnamon}, seed {nutmeg}, or fruit {peppercorns}, spices have … Continue reading Cinnamon


Ligustrum lucidum Family: Oleaceae This plant is also called Chinese privet or wax privet, and it's known in China as Nu Zhen Zi. Ligustrum is a very common landscape subject that is considered a weed in hot climates. You may have removed one of its relatives when you were modernizing your garden. The dark purple fruits are … Continue reading Ligustrum

European Privet

Ligustrum vulgare Also, Known As: Common Privet Prim Privet Common privet is a perennially growing shrub that is frequently used for enclosures and the plants may grow up to a height of nine feet or even taller. Stems of common privet are firm, straight and the bark has grey-brown spots with petite brown lenticels (numerous … Continue reading European Privet

Silverweed {Potentilla anserina}

Also, Known As: Argentine Cramp weed Goosewort Moon Grass Silverweed Wild Tansy Silverweed (botanical name, Potentilla anserina) is a very short perennial herb that grows up to a height of 8 to 16 inches. This herb has runners that are about 3 to 6 feet in length linking new plants having tufts of leaves. Each … Continue reading Silverweed {Potentilla anserina}

Scientists discover how chinese medicinal plant makes anti-cancer compound

New research led by Professor Cathie Martin of the John Innes Centre has revealed how a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine produces compounds which may help to treat cancer and liver diseases. The Chinese skullcap, Scutellaria baicalensis – otherwise known in Chinese medicine as Huang-Qin – is traditionally used as a treatment for fever, … Continue reading Scientists discover how chinese medicinal plant makes anti-cancer compound

Cumin {Cuminum cyminum}

Also, Commonly Known As: Cumin The common culinary herb called the cumin is an annual herbaceous plant with a small and slender, branched stem. Even when fully mature, the cumin plant very rarely grows above a foot in height and is characterized by a somewhat angular facade. The plant bear deep green leaves which are … Continue reading Cumin {Cuminum cyminum}

Stevia, sweet leaf {Stevia rebaudiana}

Family: Asteraceae Stevia is an amazing traditional noncaloric sweetener. The active compounds are up to 300 times sweeter than table sugar, but stevia does not cause tooth decay or raise blood sugar levels. In the face of the diabetes epidemic, it's time to take a good look at this beautiful plant. Description: Native to tropical … Continue reading Stevia, sweet leaf {Stevia rebaudiana}

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga Racemosa)

Black Cohosh has been used by Native Americans for more than two hundred years after they discovered the root of the plant helped relieve menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause. These days it is still used for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes/flushes, irritability, mood swings and sleep disturbances. It is also used for PMS, … Continue reading Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga Racemosa)