Herbology 101 - Herbal Remedies and Herb Information
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African mango (Irvingia gabonensis)
- Also called bush mango or wild mango; the seeds are referred to as dika nut, duiker nut or ogbono/obono. The African mango tree is a highly useful plant in which most parts (fruit, seeds, wood) are useful. The wood is very hard and the full plant is useful as a shade tree for other crops.
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Bitter Orange (Citrus aurantium)
- Also called: Neroli, Petitgrain, Orange, Bitter Orange Peel
Parts used: flowers, flower oils, essential oil from the peel, fruit, essential oil from the leaves, seeds.
This multi-purpose citrus fruit tree is a long-appreciated blessing. The refreshing fruit which now g (more info - Bitter Orange)
WARNING: Topical use may cause photosensitivity.
chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus)
- A fungus in Hymenochaetaceae family, that is a parasite found on birch trees and other varietals in birch forests of Russia, Korea, Eastern and Northern Europe, northern areas of the United States, in the North Carolina mountains and in Canada. 'Chaga' is a transliteration of the Russian term 'j (more info - chaga mushroom)
WARNING: Chaga mushrooms contain extremely high oxalate concentrations, which can be a source of kidney ailments, including kidney stones.
Ilex (Ilex paraguariensis)
- see yerba mate
Immature Bitter Orange (Citrus aurantium)
- see bitter orange.
Immature Blue Citrus (Immature Blue Citrus)
Inca Peanut (Plukenetia volubilis)
- Also known as: Sacha Peanut, Sacha Inchi, or the Mountain Peanut.
High in omega 3 fatty acids, the Inca peanut is often used by vegetarians to supplement their diet. It also contains omega 6, omega 9, iodine, vitamin A, vitamin E, and protein, making it a robust nutritional supplement (more info - Inca Peanut)
WARNING: There are rare cases of allergies reported resulting in bronchial asthma and rhinoconjunctivitis, usually in those who work with it on a daily basis.
Indian Madder (Indian Madder)
Indian Sarsaparilla (Indian Sarsaparilla)
Indian Tobacco (Nicotiana quadrivalvis)
- A species of wild tobacco native to the western United States, where it grows in many types of habitat.
Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria)
- A deciduous subshrub of southeastern Asia having pinnate leaves and clusters of red or purple flowers that is a source of indigo dye; a blue dye obtained from plants or made synthetically. Also, the blue-violet color typical of this dye.
The different varieties are natives of Asia, Af (more info - Indigo)
Irish Moss (Irish Moss)
- A plantain of Mediterranean regions whose seeds swell and become gelatinous when moist and are used as a mild laxative.
The genus Plantago contains over 200 species. P. ovata and P. psyllium are produced commercially in several European countries, the former Soviet Union and India.
(more info - Psyllium)
WARNING: Choking is a hazard if psyllium is taken without adequate water as it thickens in the throat.
Cases of allergic reaction to psyllium-containing cereal have also been documented.
sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas)
- The edible tuberous root of the sweet potato vine grown widely in warm regions of the United States. Sweet potatoes are not true potatoes (Solanum tuberosum, which are members of the nightshade family), instead they are relatives of morning glories. Some varieties are ornamental and known as "tubero (more info - sweet potato)
Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis)
- Also called: Jesuitís tea.
South American in origin, this holly tree's leaves are often brewed as a tea (see infusion) and drank to fortify the immune system and to help with low energy levels. It is considered a healthy alternative to coffee, as it does not invoke the side-effects often no (more info - Yerba Mate)
WARNING: Do not use while pregnant or breast-feeding.
Excessive use has resulted in increased risk for certain oral cancers.
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