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Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Also known as Hurtleberry, Dwarf bilberry, bog bilberry, European blueberry, huckleberry, and whortleberry.

As a deep purple fruit, bilberries contain anthocyanin pigments. Bilberries are recognized as a good source of flavonoids, some of which have antioxidant activity, and consumpti   (more info - Bilberry)
WARNING: Bilberry may exacerbate the risk of bleeding if used in conjunction with anticoagulants.

Blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Also known as Hurtleberry, Dwarf bilberry, bog bilberry, European blueberry, huckleberry, and whortleberry. Blueberries are loosely related to cranberries and bilberries.

Blueberries are high in anthocyanins, flavonols, and tannins, all of which have been found to inhibit the developm   (more info - Blueberry)
WARNING: Blueberry may exacerbate the risk of bleeding if used in conjunction with anticoagulants. Blueberries sold as 'wild' blueberries, may simply be low bush varieties and still have been exposed to pes...more

Chaste Berry (Vitex agnus-castus)

Also called: Chaste Tree, Monk's Pepper, Vitex
Parts used: berries
While Chaste Berry does not contain any hormones in and of itself, it does affect the pituitary gland, inhibiting the secretion of prolactin (the hormone controlling the production of milk in the breasts). This helps t   (more info - Chaste Berry)
WARNING: Do not take while lactating or while pregnant. May cause a mild rash.

Crampbark (Viburnum opulus)

Also called: European Cranberry Bush, Cranberry Tree, Pembina, Guelder Rose
Parts used: branch bark
A bush with white flowers and red berries, found in both Europe and North America. As its name implies, the bark of the plant is an anti-spasmodic that been used to fight all kinds of    (more info - Crampbark)

Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon)

1. Very tart red berry used for sauce or juice.
2. Any of numerous shrubs of genus Vaccinium bearing cranberries (several species of Vaccinum or Oxycoccus).

The high cranberry or cranberry tree is a species of Viburnum (V. Opulus), and the other is sometimes called low cranberr   (more info - Cranberries)
WARNING: A gene (VKORC1, CYP2C9) has been shown to change warfarin sensitivity. This gene may also contribute to bruising susceptibility as a result of cranberries for carriers of the gene. A couple of possibl...more

Grapes (Vitis)

1. Any of numerous woody vines of genus Vitis bearing clusters of edible berries;
2. Any of various juicy purple- or green-skinned fruit of the genus Vitis, which grow in clusters.

A well-known edible berry growing in pendent clusters or bunches on the grapevine. The berries ar   (more info - Grapes)

grapeseed (Vitis)

Grape seeds are the pits of any of various juicy purple- or green-skinned fruit of the genus Vitis, which grow in pendent clusters or bunches on grapevines.

Grape seeds have been much studied since the 1980s, for the potential biological properties of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC   (more info - grapeseed)
PET WARNING: The consumption of grapes and raisins presents a potential health threat to dogs. Their toxicity to dogs can cause the animal to develop acute renal failure (the sudden development of kidney failure) with anuria (a lack of urine production) and may be fatal.

Mung bean (Vigna radiata)

An erect bushy annual widely cultivated in warm regions of India and Indonesia and United States for forage and especially its edible seeds; chief source of bean sprouts used in Chinese cookery; sometimes placed in genus Phaseolus.

While usually used for its seed and bean sprouts, mun   (more info - Mung bean)

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Also called: Heliotrope, Vandalroot, Wild Valerian
Parts used: root

Any plant of the genus Valeriana. The root of the officinal valerian (V. officinalis) has a strong smell, and is much used in medicine as an antispasmodic, and for nervous tension, excitability, stress and inte   (more info - Valerian)
WARNING: Do not take with alcohol. May cause dizziness or drowsiness, effects that should be considered before driving or operating heavy or hazardous equipment.

Vanilla (Vanilla)

the Totonaco Indians of Mexico first discovered the joys of Vanilla, which has been handed down through cultures, largely via conquests. It is the bean-like fruit of an orchid, grown only in tropical areas - Madagascar (and the Bourbon Islands), Tahiti, Indonesia and Mexico. Vanilla is a popular fr   (more info - Vanilla)

Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides)

1. A fragrant extract or essential oil obtained from the root of an Indian grass, used in perfumery and aromatherapy.
2. An East Indian grass, known for its fragrant roots which are much used for making mats and screens.

Vetiver grass is grown for many different purposes. The p   (more info - Vetiver)

Vidanga (Vidanga)

Vinca (Vinca)

Violet, Asian (Violet, Asian)

Virgin's Mantle (Fagonia cretica)

Also called 'Mantle of the Virgin', is a species of plant in the Zygophyllaceae, the Caltrop family, specifically the fagonbushes. It is a cousin to Creosote bush, the bean-caper, and caltrop.

It is native to warm arid, desert regions regions of the Old World in southern Europe, south   (more info - Virgin's Mantle)

 

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