Wood Betony ~ Materia Medica by Jyll Renee’

Though this nearly forgotten mint has become increasingly rare modern herbal medicine, wood betony was once considered almost a panacea by the elder herbalists. Little modern research has been done to either prove or disprove the medicinal values attributed to betony. Betony was once used to treat chest and lung problems, worms, fever, gout, uterine […]

Witch Hazel Leaf ~ Materia Medica by Jyll Renee’

Witch hazel leaf is high in tannins, these are astringents that dry, shrivel and constrict body tissue and blood vessels when applied topically. Most commonly used in the treatment of hemorrhoids. It soothes cools and provides temporary relief from itching, burning and irritation. When used on affected areas, witch hazel decoctions help reduce bleeding to […]

Wild Cherry Bark – Materia Medica by Jyll Renee’

Wild Cherry Bark Wild cherry bark taken from the root, trunk and branches reportedly aids digestive and respiratory ailments. Great boiled as a decoction, popular to make syrups from as well. Thinning Mucus Secretions Wild cherry bark is classified as a “relaxing expectorant” because it thins mucus secretions and coats irritated respiratory tissueIt is easier […]

Guava Leaf Tea – Materia Medica by Jyll Renee’

Guava Leaf Tea – Brazil The guava is a plant in the myrtle family. It is primarily known for its edible fruit that is used for many culinary purposes. Diabetes Guava leaf tea may be effective in lowering blood glucose levels. According to a study published in 2010 in “Nutrition and Metabolism” and conducted by the […]

Herbal Alternatives to Antibiotics

Learn how to improve your health naturally! Learn about herbal alternatives to antibiotics, how to obtain them and how to use them.

Aloe Vera (Aloe bardaenis) ~ Materia Medica by Jyll Renee’

Aloe Vera Botanical name: aloe bardaenis Common name:  juice from lilies, desert lilies Habitat:  Aloe Vera has pointed and fleshy leaves that produce a  gel and juice.  They are natives of  tropical Africa, where they grow in the wilds, but aloes also flourish in the West  Indies and Mediterranean countries on cultivated aloe plantations designed  […]

Healthy Homemade Seasoning: Vitamin/Mineral Vegetable Powder

Season your food the healthy way with this healthy, homemade seasoning! Vitamin/Mineral Vegetable Powder 1 part – Kelp Powder 1 part – Toasted Sesame Seeds 2 part – Nutritional Yeast 1/2 part – Garlic Granules 1/8 part – Spirulina Kelp – Kelp is a seaweed that thrives on sunlight and takes in the host of nutrients […]

HIBISCUS (Malvaceae) ~ Materia Medica by Jyll Renee’

Hibiscus Botanical name:  Malvaceae family Common name:  Roselle,  African mallow, Florida cranberry, red tea, Jamaica sorrel,  rose of Sharon Habitat:  Hibiscus belongs to a flowering plant  genus of more than 220 species in the family Malvacea.  Native to warm temperate, subtropical and  tropical regions, it is an annual and sometimes perennial herb or woody-based  sub-shrub; […]

Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguayensis) ~ Materia Medica by Jyll Renee’

YERBA MATE Botanical name: Ilex paraguayensis Common name: Mate Habitat: A number of the holly evergreen family, this South American shrub is found in Brazil, rgentina, and Paraguay, often in the wilds, growing twenty feet. It has large green leaves with serrated edges, white flowers, and red fruit. It also known as (Paraguay Tea), and […]

Fresh Ideas for House Cleaning: Natural Cleaning Products

House cleaning?  Here are some wonderful natural cleaning products you can make at home!! Add a drop of your favorite herbal essential oil to a scrap of fabric or a handkerchief and toss it into the dryer with your clothes for a pleasing scent. Rosemary, sage, lemon balm or cardamom will keep insects away from […]

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