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American or European Pennyroyal?

American or European Pennyroyal?

There are two types of pennyroyal: European: Mentha pulegium American: Hedeoma pulegioides The American variety is sometimes called false pennyroyal. Both plants can be used interchangeably. While the leaves and extracts made from the leaves are considered to be safe,...
Around the World with Cassia Siamea

Around the World with Cassia Siamea

Here’s a plant many of you may be more familiar with than you realize! It’s a key ingredient in many Thai curry dishes and is used in many parts of the world as an important medicine. Nutrient dense, Cassia siamea, also called Cassod tree and in Thailand, as Khilek,...
The Incomparable One

The Incomparable One

Holy basil, aka Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), not to be confused with sweet basil, aka basil (Ocimum basilicum), is a healing plant with a long tradition of use in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Mediterranean healing traditions. The entire...
Black Cohosh East and West Perspectives

Black Cohosh East and West Perspectives

Black cohosh has been used for centuries by Native Americans and the Chinese. In the West, Actaea racemosa and Cimicifuga racemosa are the commonly used species. In China, Cimicifuga foetida (Sheng Ma) is used. Both have similar properties and are commonly used to...
Jojoba Oil Works!

Jojoba Oil Works!

To start with, jojoba oil is not an essential oil, it is not even an oil, it is actually a wax. Unrefined jojoba oil appears as a clear golden liquid at room temperature. Once refined the oil is colorless and has no odor. It can become cloudy and solidify as...
Cyclamen Purgative Toxic Herb that can Also Heal

Cyclamen Purgative Toxic Herb that can Also Heal

Cyclamen is a popular house plant. But did you know it can also be a medicine? Its roots have powerful purgative properties that can be either toxic or healing. They are therefore only recommended for external use and remain quite potent and effective when used in...