LACTUCA VIROSA: A Natural Painkiller

  Common Name: Wild lettuce, Opium lettuce, Bitter lettuce, Prickly lettuce Species: Lactuca Virosa Family: Astareaceae   Lactuca virosa is a biennial tall plant with a pale green central stalk, sometimes spotted with purple. The numerous, large, radical leaves are obovate-oblong, stem leaves are small and alternate,  heads are numerous and shortly-stalked, while flowers are pale-yellow. The whole plant is rich in a milky latex that flows freely from any laceration. This latex has a bitter taste and narcotic smell. When its latex is collected, dries and hardens turning brown, and is…

BUGLEWEED: The Natural Relaxing Plant

  Common Name: Ajuga Reptans, Bugleweed, Carpenter’s herb, Carpetweed Family: Lamiaceae   Bugleweed is a perennial flowering mint that is commonly used for medicinal purposes as well as commonly referred to be invasive. Every spring, the plant will send up a 15cm squared stalk with bright purple flowers similar to Salvia’s. Bugleweeds are easy to grow in ordinary, well-drained garden soil. Works as evergreen ground cover for both full sun or partially shaded pitch of your garden. It is very little demanding and easy to care, its flowers will bloom in Spring.   MEDICINAL PROPERTIES…

LEONOTIS LEONURUS: More Then an Alternative to Cannabis

Family: Lamiaceae Genus: Leonotis Species: Leonurus Common Names: Lion’s Ear, Lion’s Tail, Wild Dagga,  Wild Hemp Leonotis Leonurus is a member of the mint family. Other common names are Wild Dagga or Lion’s Tail. It is a perennial shrub native to southern Africa. Flowers are a red-orange color and grow in spikes, their beauty is the reason for being a favorite of many gardeners. Plants can grow up to almost 2 meters, love dry soil and direct sun light. As Perennial outdoor plant it looks awesome combined with Lavander or…