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Scarlet Pimpernel Uses in Herbal Medicine

Botanical Name: Anagallis arvensis. The Genus name Anagallis derives from the Greek word “anagelas”, meaning “to laugh” and probably stems from the notion of the past ages that the herb could boost mood and relieve depression. Other Common Names: Red…

Rock Samphire Uses in Herbal Medicine

Botanical Name: Crithmum maritimum. It should not be confused with golden samphire (Inula crithmoides) a member of the daisy family (Asteraceae). Other Common Names: Samphire, sea samphire, sea fennel, rock fennel, crest marine, hinojo marino (Spanish), fenouil de mer (French),…

Rhatany Root as Herbal Medicine

Botanical Name: Krameria lappacea. Other Common Names: Peruvian rhatany, rhatany-root, ratanhia, payta, krameria, mapato (Spanish). Habitat: Rhatany is found growing wild in Peru, mostly on the western slopes of the Andes, 900-3000 meters above sea level. It can also be…

Purslane Benefits and Uses as Herbal Medicine

Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea. There exist two sub species of purslane, wild or common purslane (Portulaca oleracea ssp. oleracea) and garden purslane (Portulaca oleracea ssp. sativa) but forty or more cultivars are currently grown. It is garden purslane that is…

Devil’s Bit Scabious Uses in Herbal Medicine

Botanical Name: Succisa pratensis. Other Common Names: Devil’s bit, premorse scabious, scabious, ofbit, Teufelsabbiss (German), succise des prés (French), sscabiosa mordida (Spanish), stúfa (Icelandic), djævelsbid (Dansih). Habitat: The plant grows wild in Europe, North Africa, and western Siberia. It was…

Cyclamen Uses as Herbal Medicine

Botanical Name: Cyclamen hederifolium, C. purpurascens. The plant genus Cyclamen contains 19 plant species commonly found in Europe, Mediterranean, Asia and in East Africa. Persian cyclamen (C. persicum) is a popular house plant that many people are acquainted with. It…

Chicory Uses in Herbal Medicine

Botanical Name: Cichorium intybus L. Other Common Names: Common chicory, wild chicory, coffee chicory, coffee weed, succory, wild succory, blue saisy, blue sailors, achicoria (Spanish), sikuri (Finnish), Wegwarte (German), chicorée (French), cikoria (Swedish), cikorie (Danish). Habitat: Chicory is found growing…