ECHINACEA: A Powerful Herb with Immune System Boosting Proprieties

  Common Names: Purple Coneflowers, Echinacea Species: Echinacea Family: Asteraceae   Echinacea species are herbaceous, drought-tolerant perennial plants growing up to 140 cm or 4 feet tall. This perennial flowering plants in the daisy family can easily grow from seeds, rather than being transplanted. CULTIVATION Echinacea seeds grow into a bulb-like structures called rhizomes. Scatter the seeds onto a paper towel moisten with water, then slide the paper towel into a sealed plastic bag and refrigerate for two months. Prepare the garden plot while the seeds go through stratification, then place them…

TULSI: The Golden Remedy of Ayurveda

  Family: Lamiaceae Genus: Ocimum Common Name: Ocimum Tenuiflorum, Holy Basil, Tulsi, Sacred Basil   Tulsi is an aromatic perennial plant in subtropical regions, while became an annual in cold and temperate climates, indoor can be grown all year round independently. Closely related to Basil, it is widespread and cultivated throughout all Asia, for its religious and medicinal purposes. Tulsi shrub grows up to 50 cm in height and boasts stems which are covered with fine hairs. Leaves are opposite and ovate, ranging from green to purple depending upon the variety, and have…

MULLEIN: The Herb that Fights Infections

Common Name: Mullein, Verbascum, Candlewick Plant, Lungwort Genus: Verbascum Family: Scrophulariaceae   Mullein is a biennial o perennial plant growing tall and up to 2 meters. In its first year produce a dense rosette of wooly leaves at ground level, while the second it sends up huge flower spikes with many bright densely clustered yellow flowers which only open for one day. Mullein plants produces plenty of seeds each second year and some of them can lie dormant for as many as one hundred years, reason why is easily find growing pretty…

STINGING NETTLE: Properties and Uses of a Super Plant

Common Name: Stinging Nettle, Common Nettle, Nettle Family: Urticacea Species: Urtica Dioica   Stinging Nettle is a herbaceous, perennial flowering plant widely spread all over the world. Nettle grows up to 1 or 2 meter tall in summer, dying down to the ground in winter. The soft, green leaves are are borne oppositely on an erect,  green stem. Both leaves and stem  have many hollow stinging hairs called trichomes which act like needles, injecting histamine and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation when contacted by humans and other animals. The…

GREAT CELANDINE: The Warts Curing Plant

  Common Name: Celandine, Greater Celandine, Celandine Poppy Species: Chelidonium Majus Family: Papaveraceae   Greater Celandine is an herbaceous perennial plant with slightly hairy and tall stems (40 cm to 120 cm high). The whole plant abounds in a yellowish juice, which is emitted freely wherever the stems or leaves are broken. This juice stains and has a persistent and nauseous smell, also irritating. Leaves are pinnate with lobed margins, flowers appear from late spring to summer and consist of four yellow petals. This plant displays long, narrow seedpods plenty of…

ARTEMISIA ANNUA: The Most Efficient Malaria Cure is Natural

Common name:Artemisia Annua, Sweet Wormwood, Sweet Annie, Sweet Sagewort, Annual Mugwort Genus: Artemisia Family: Asteraceae   Artemisia Annua is an annual aromatic herb from Asia that has been used in China to treat fevers for centuries. The genus Artemisia includes well-known plants used in medicine, perfumery and the food/beverage industry, such as Tarragon, Artemisia Absinthium and Mugwort. CULTIVATION The plant  naturally grows up to 1 meter tall, although cultivated ones can arrive to double their size. The intensive aromatic scent of the leaves is very characteristic, they are divided by deep…

YARROW: Properties, Uses and Benefits

  Family: Asteraceae Species: Achillea Millefolium Common Name: Yarrow, Milfoil, Thousand-Leaf, Achillea, Woundwort, Achillea Millefolium is an erect, herbaceous, perennial plant that produces one to several stems. It’s leaves are almost feathery and  and arranged spirally on the stems. The inflorescence consist in a flat-topped cluster white to pink in color,  visited by many insects because of their strong scent. Yarrow is a common weed, an herbaceous perennial plant native to the Northern hemisphere that grows freely in grassland, roadsides and other sites with well draining ground. Easily recognizable for…

POTENTILLA: Uses and Benefits

  Common Name: Potentilla Reptans, Creeping Cinquefoil, Creeping Tormentil, European Cinquefoil Genus: Potentilla   Potentilla  is a very interesting perennial plant in the Rose family that is known by a number of names. Easy to grow, this small plant, has fuzzy dark green leaves with a strawberry-like look, and five petals yellow flowers. It is a rather quite common hardy plant that has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. It grows well in the open meadows and grassy slopes,  and it’s very common to find from late spring…

OREGANO: The Ultimate Natural Antibiotic

Common Names: Oregano, Wild Majoram, Origanum Vulgaris Family: Lamiaceae Species: Origanum Vulgaris   Oregano is a flowering plant in the Mint family. It is native to temperate Western and Southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region. It is a perennial herb, growing from 20-80 cm tall, with opposite leaves 1-4 cm long, flowers are rose-purple or white 3-4 mm long. CULTIVATION Oregano is a must-have in a culinary garden, too easy to grow and very useful. Although does thrive in a warm climate, it’s a hardy perennial that returns year after year, without much…

HELICHRYSUM: a Very Beneficial Essential Oil

  Family: Asteraceae Gender: Helichrysum Common names: Helichrysum Italicum, Curry Plant, Immortelle Helichrysum is a perennial evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean region, where it’s been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Beside this beneficial properties, mostly found in its essential oil, we value this plant for its silvery foliage, warm fragrance and bright yellow blooms. This  evergreen hardy shrub grow larger then taller. It has leaves all year round, while in flower from July to August. Established plants are drought resistant, wind tolerant and able to tolerate…

SUMMER SAVORY: Properties of a Natural Aphrodisiac Plant

  Common Names: Summer Savory, Garden Savory Species: Satureja Hortensis Family: Lamiaceae   Summer savory is an annual member of the Lamiaceae family and closely related to rosemary and thyme. Similar in use and flavor to the perennial winter savory, this herb has lilac tubular flowers which bloom in the northern hemisphere from July to September. Cultivation Widely cultivated as a spice and for its medicinal properties. The plant grows best in sandy, loamy and well-drained soil. It does not grow in shade and should be planted in full sun. It tolerates…