Herbology 101 - Herbal Remedies and Herb Information
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Kale (Brassica oleracea)
- A European cruciferous herb, and form of hardy cabbage with coarse curly leaves that do not form a head, being nearly the original or wild form of the species. The cultivar group Acephala also includes spring greens and collard greens, which are extremely similar genetically. Cousins to the group in (more info - Kale)
WARNING: Raw brassica vegetables contain goitrogens, which can suppress the function of the thyroid gland and induce the formation of a goiter by interfering with iodine uptak...more
Karite (Butyrospermum parkii)
- See: shea
Kava Kava (Piper methysticum)
- Also known as: ava pepper, awa, intoxicating pepper, kava root, kew, kawa-kawa, sakau, tonga, rauschpfeffer, wurzelstock, yangona
The roots of the plant are used to produce a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties, which is used for relaxation and often to relieve symptoms of m (more info - Kava Kava)
WARNING: Kava must be used with care by non-Indigenous peoples as some incidents of liver toxicity has occurred, thought to be the result of ingesting parts other than the roots of the plant.
The FDA warns of...more
Kelp, Atlantic (Kelp, Atlantic)
Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus)
- A valuable fiber plant of the hibiscus family native to the East Indies now widespread in cultivation. Kenaf is considered a hardy plant that requires a minimum of fertilizers, pesticides and water in comparison to conventional row crops. Products made from this crop include paper from the fibres, a (more info - Kenaf)
- A diverse genus of herbs or woody subshrubs of north temperate regions in the Polygonaceae family. Common names include knotweed, knotgrass, bistort, tear-thumb, mile-a-minute, and several others.
In traditional Chinese medicine, a Polygonum extract called Rèlínqi-ng Ke- (more info - Knotweed)
Kola Nut (Kola Nut)
- Kombucha is not actually an herb or plant, rather it is a food supplement prepared from a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (a SCOBY -- like kefir, kumiss, sourdough, or ginger beer plant) that is made with tea and sugar for its health benefits (used as a functional food). It is sometimes refer (more info - Kombucha)
WARNING: · Patients taking remicade should avoid kombucha as it may aggravate symptoms of ulcerative colitis.
· The acidity and mild alcoholic element of kombucha resists contaminat...more
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