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Men’s Health

The Healing Power of Plants

Jim Duke, America's elder statesman of herbs and spices, is a dedicated and strong-willed scientist whose advocacy of natural healing methods has never diminished. Born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1929, Duke earned his doctorate in botany from the...

Making Kind Choices

Ingrid Newkirk is the cofounder and president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the world’s largest animal rights organization. Newkirk began PETA in 1980 to provide information on vegetarianism and consumer products produced...

Saw Palmetto

Serenoa serrulata Palmae Names: Sabal. Habitat: Eastern N. America. Collection: The berries of this impressive palm are gathered from September through until January. Part Used: Berries. Constituents: * Essential oil * Fixed oil, consisting of 25%...

Ma Huang

Ephedra sinica Ephedraceae Names: Ephedra Habitat: China Collection: Gather the young branches in the autumn before the first frost, as the alkaloid content is then highest. They may be dried in the sun. Part Used: Aerial stems. Constituents:...

Equisetum arvense

Horsetail

Equisetum arvense Equisetaceae Names: Shavegrass. Habitat: Common on wet ground and waste places. Collection: Take care to ensure the plants being picked are E.arvense or other common species, as some other specices are rare butlocally abundant...

Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens Saxifragaceae Names: Seven Barks, Wild Hydrangea Habitat: USA. Collection: The roots should be unearthed in the autumn. Clean and slice whilst still fresh as they become very hard on drying. Part Used: Dried roots and rhizome...

Couchgrass

Agropyron repens Graminaceae Names: Twitchgrass, Quickgrass, Doggrass. Habitat: Grows in many parts of the world, and all too frequently ingardens. Collection: The rhizome should be unearthed in spring or early autumn. Wash it, carefully dry in sun...

Caulophylum thalictroides

Blue Cohosh

Caulophylum thalictroides Berberidaceae Names : Papoose Root, Squawroot Habitat : USA Collection : The roots and rhizome are collected in the autumn, as at the end of the growing season they are richest in natural chemicals. Part Used : Root &...