Herbology 101 - Herbal Remedies and Herb Information
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Cornsilk (Zea mays)
- Elongated stigmas of the corn plant, called silks, emerge from the whorl of husk leaves at the end of the ear. They are often pale yellow and 7 in (178 mm) in length, like tufts of hair in appearance. At the end of each is a carpel, which may develop into a "kernel" if fertilized by a pollen grain.< (more info - Cornsilk)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
- Also called: Nagara, Shen-jiang (fresh ginger rhizome), Sunthi, Gan-jiang (dried ginger rhizome)
Parts used: Root, Rhizome, Volatile Oil
1. A plant of the genus Zingiber, of the East and West Indies.
2. The hot and spicy rootstock of Zingiber officinale, which is much us (more info - Ginger)
WARNING: Ginger is a blood thinner. Do not combine with aspirin or other prescribed blood thinners.
Maize (Zea mays)
- A tall annual or biennial cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times.
While yellow maizes derive their color from lutein and zeaxanthin, in red-colou (more info - Maize)
WARNING: Raw forms are not edible and cannot be digested. Unless properly prepared, that is "nixtamalized", maize will not be a viable source of critical nutrients and malnourishment may arise if used as a sta...more
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
- 1. A widely cultivated tropical plant of India having yellow flowers and a large aromatic deep yellow rhizome; source of a condiment and a yellow dye.
2. The ground dried rhizome of the turmeric plant used as seasoning.
Turmeric is a relative of ginger and a member of the Curcu (more info - Turmeric)
- A genus of plants of the family Labiatae. They are aromatic perennial or annual grasses with small flowers clustered in heads. There are about 95 species known, with many distributed from the Mediterranean Sea to Central Asia.
Almost all species of Ziziphora contain essential oils.
(more info - Ziziphora)
Zizyphus (Ziziphus guaranitica, joazeiro)
- Also called: the Chinese Date, Jujube.
The bark and leaves of this tropical tree are used internally and topically for their astringent and antibacterial properties. The tiny yellow fruit is edible, though much-favoured by birds and small animals, so you may have competition. A wine is some (more info - Zizyphus)
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