Herbal Medicine

01/15/16
Muira Puama Bark (Ptychopetalum Olacoides)
Muira Puama
This ancient remedy was traditionally used as an aphrodisiac by both sexes. This means that it increases sexual desire, and pleasure. It's also been called "potency wood". Pun intended. :)

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01/15/16
Umkcaloabo (Pelargonium sidoides)
Pelargonium sidoides Leaves 3264px
Umckaloabo (Pelargonium sidoides) is yet another one of many plants prized and used in Africa. Studies have found evidence that it's in fact useful for dealing with acute bronchitis, the common cold, and acute rhino-sinusitis.

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Peppermint Leaf Organic (Mentha piperita)

             Peppermint is a natural remedy used to stimulate digestion and calm the stomach. Herbalists use it to relax intestinal muscles, reduce cramping, provide relief for respiratory difficulties, nausea and heartburn. Peppermint is also thought to improve bile production and discourages growth of harmful bacteria in stomach. This may make it beneficial for people suffering with ulcers. Without this botanical species there wouldn't be many of the over-the-counter medications that people value today.

It has become a popular addition to virtually every home garden across the globe. There are many varieties of it with different aromas and taste from peppermint, to spearmint, apple mint, pennyroyal, lemon, and even ginger. In preparing many savory dishes, Spearmint is commonly used becuase it's less likely to overpower the dish than other strains, especially peppermint.


Peppermint has a very high menthol content, that gives it a brisk ice flavor. This makes it suitable for desserts, candy, and even chocolate. Pennyroyal is edible but most popularly used as a natural insecticide. All of its species produce the same fascinating organic compounds using the suns energy, water, and c02.


Cultivation:


          Rather than starting from seeds, cuttings are recommended as a quick and effective method for cultivating this species. Take a cutting from a healthy growing stalk. Remove several of the bottom layers of leaves by pulling them straight down the stalk so that the outer layer of skin is partially removed with the leaf. After you place the cuttings in the proper organic soil/compost, be sure to and mist them at least twice a day. Do this for a week or two and a root structure will begin to develop. is is commonly referred to as cloning, propagating, or taking cuttings.


Topping To Encourage Extra Growth:


When taking cuttings, topping, or even harvesting, it's important to make sure everything is clean, sterile, and free of bacteria and fungi. Cleanliness matters in all areas, including where the cuttings take place, and the area where they will be taken to dry and store.


Topping is basically harvesting yourself a few leaves the proper way without harming the plant. All you do is clip the stem straight across horizontally to collect and harvest the leaves above it. This helps the plant produce more leaves in the long run. Topping plants makes them bushy, and produce more leaves and flowers. This helps you get a bigger harvest in the long run, and you'll get to sample the harvest along the way. It's a "Win win" situation for you and your plants.


Soil: Well drained
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Plant Type: Perennial
Hardiness: Zones 5-9


Harvest and Preservation:


Harvest by clipping from the bottom, leaving a couple inches of the herb still above the ground to grow. Dry by hanging in bunches upside down in a cool dry, airy place. Remember the basic rules from topping your plants also applies to harvesting. Everything must be clean, sanitized and free from any germs that could lead to mildew or mold and ruin your crop. When the stalk of your harvest snaps at a 45 degree angle it should be dry.


The harvest should dry in 2 to 5 days. Remember not to leave them hanging to long, because they will loose flavor after they become dry. This is where curing comes in. Put your mint in glass jars and open it once every day , or two for an hour or so. Keep doing this and the aroma will become stronger and stronger as the process is repeated over time.


Parts used: Leaves


Culinary Companions: Cilantro, Fruit, Lemon verbena, Oregano, Rosemary.

Minted Chocolate Sauce

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves
3 squares organic unsweetened chocolate 100% pure recommended
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Natural remedies such as this one can also be used as organic pesticides and even fungicides. This is because many of the chemicals produced by the plants actually work as a natural defense mechanisms.


Also see How To Make A Homemade Pesticide/Fungicide

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