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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

Black Cohosh

Cimicifuga racemosa Ranunculaceae Names: Black Snakeroot, Bugbane, Rattleroot, Rattleweed, Squawroot. Habitat: USA and Canada. Collection: The roots are unearthed with the rhizome in autumn after the fruits have ripened. They should be cut...

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 &...

Winter Squash

Winter Squash (Curcurbita maxima) is a member of the Curcurbitaceae (Gourd) Family. They originated Central America. The word “squash” is from a Narragansett and Iroquois word, askutasquash and isquoutersquash. Winter squashes include...

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