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Herbology 101 - Herbal Remedies and Herb Information

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Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

A hairy aromatic perennial herb having whorls of small white purple-spotted flowers in a terminal spike; used in the past as a domestic remedy; strongly attractive to cats.

Also called: Catmint
Use: leaves, stems and florets.

This plant is easy to grow, like oth   (more info - Catnip)

Chinese Figwort (Scrophularia ningpoensis)

This plant has been known to traditional Chinese medicine for as long as 2000 years. Its root is harvested in autumn in Zhejiang province and neighboring areas, then dried for later use.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has found use in a formula to treat arthritis. The herb has de   (more info - Chinese Figwort)

Indian Tobacco (Nicotiana quadrivalvis)

A species of wild tobacco native to the western United States, where it grows in many types of habitat.

Neem (Azadirachta indica)

Parts used: leaves, bark, seeds, sap

A large flowering semi-evergreen tree of East India (and the immediate region), sometimes placed in genus Melia (Melia azadirachta). Neem is now grown in many other tropical to subtropical regions.

Most of this plant has health benef   (more info - Neem)

Neroli (Citrus aurantium amara)

See also: petitgrain, bitter orange
Parts used: flowers

This same citrus plant gives us petitgrain (from the leaves), though the Neroli oil is derived from blooms only. It is also the plant that bears the bitter orange fruit.

Neroil is an expensive oil to extrac   (more info - Neroli)
WARNING: Topical use may cause photosensitivity.

Nettle (Urtica dioica)

Also known as: Stinging Nettle, Common Nettle, Chinese Nettle
Parts used: all

Nettles have been used for hundreds of yeas to treat a variety of ailments, from arthritis to stemming bleeding. Cooking the plant robs it of its skin-irritating properties. Young (cooked) nettle sh   (more info - Nettle)
WARNING: Newly picked nettle leaves may cause a rash. Do not take while pregnant.

Notopterygium (Notopterygium)

nuts (nutmeat)

A hard-shelled seed consisting of an edible (usually) kernel or meat enclosed in a woody or leathery shell. Typically, nuts are fruit formed from two or more carpels but containing only one seed.

In a general context, a wide variety of dried seeds are called nuts, but in a botanical c   (more info - nuts)

Peach (Prunus persica)

1. A tree (Prunus persica, or Amygdalus Persica) producing downy juicy fruit with sweet yellowish or whitish flesh cultivated in temperate regions.
2. The well-known high-flavored juicy fruit of the peach tree, containing one or two seeds in a hard almond-like endocarp or stone. In the wild s   (more info - Peach)
WARNING: Some people who are allergic to almonds may also have an allergy or intolerance to peaches. As with many other members of the rose family, peach seeds contain cyanogenic glycosides...more

Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)

See also: petitgrain, bitter orange
Parts used: flowers, leaves, fruit

Neroli is the name given to the essential oil from the bitter orange blooms only, where petitgrain essential oil is from the leaves (see below). Neroil is an expensive oil to extract as the blossoms are tiny   (more info - Petitgrain)
WARNING: May cause photosensitivity.

Tobacco (Nicotiana)

1. Aromatic annual or perennial herbs and shrubs;
2. the leaves of the tobacco plant dried and prepared for smoking or ingestion.

An American plant of the Nightshade family, much used for smoking and chewing, and as snuff. As a medicine, it is narcotic, emetic, and cathartic. T   (more info - Tobacco)
WARNING: Because of its highly addictive nature, tobacco is rarely employed by herbalists nowadays, either topically or internally.

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

1. Any of several perennial water-loving cresses that grow in clear ponds and streams;
2. Colour: of a moderate yellow-green color that is greener and deeper than moss green and yellower and darker than pea green.

Watercresses are members of the Family Brassicaceae or cabbage f   (more info - Watercress)
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


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