Herbs for Health

Cupuacu

Cupuacu

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Needing an average annual rainfall of between 1.9 and 3.0 metres Cupuacu is a small to medium tree in the rainforest canopy which belongs to the Cocoa family. It yields delicious melon-sized fruit that have a creamy white pulp that tastes like a combination of chocolate, bananas, pear, passion fruit and pineapple. Inside there …

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Cranberries

Cranberry

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  In their natural habitat, Cranberries grow vigorously in acidic, sandy,cold water bogs which were made by glacial deposits. The plant is a long lived, dwarf, creeping shrub, or vine, which runs up to 2 m long and 10 to 20 cm in height. It has a small leaf and produces berries, which turn bright …

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Chá-de-bugre

Cha de Bugre

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Little research has been conducted on Char de Bugre but at present it is known to contain potassium, allantoin (used for topical healing) and allantoic acid (an agent promoting healing of body tissue). The red fruits of Chá de Bugre contain naturally occurring caffeine. By steeping or soaking leaves, fruit, or bark, tinctures, extracts …

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Camu Camu

Camu Camu

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Camu Camu is a small, 3-5 metre,shrubby tree that grows along riverbanks within the Amazon Rainforest.It has bushy feathery foliage, small flowers with waxy white petals and a sweet-smelling aroma, and its fruits are light orange in colour and about the size of a lemon.Camu Camu plants flower at the end of the dry …

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Black Cohash

Black Cohosh

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  A member of the buttercup family, Black Cohosh is an herbaceous perennial which grows to a height of 2 to 4 meters and thrives in moist shady environments. It has beautiful long stalks of small, white, feathery flowers, and is often seen in gardens. Cohosh is a Native American word that means rough knobbly …

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Bilberry, Blueberry

Bilberry

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  A relative of the Cranberry, Huckleberry, and American Blueberry, the Bilberry grows in temperate and sub-arctic heath and woodlands to a height of about 40 centimetres. It is a shrubby perennial plant with bell-shaped flowers which produce small, single dark berries in summer. Its name is derived from the Danish word, bollebar, meaning “dark …

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Bamboo Leaves

Bamboo

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  There are more than 1,000 species of bamboo in the world,most of which flower only once every 60 to 130 years. Some Bamboo species grow at a rate of up to 5 cm per hour making them the fastest growing plants on the planet.Bamboo symbolizes longevity because of its durability, strength, flexibility and resilience; …

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Brahmi

Bacopa Monnieri

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Bacopa monnieri is a creeping perennial herb that thrives in wetlands, marshy places and on muddy shores. Bacopa only grows to a height of about 15 centimetres but its branches creep horizontally over the ground. Because Bacopa can grow underwater it is often used as an aquarium plant. The small oval shaped leaves are …

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Aronia

Aronia

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  The extremely hardy Aronia shrub reaches about 2-5 meters in height and withstands pollution, salt and swampy conditions and is resistant to many diseases. The leaves of the deciduous shrub turn a bold red color in the autumn. It produces small white-pink flowers and very bitter, pea sized purple/black fruit clusters that are often …

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Amla - Indian Gooseberry

Amla

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  This tropical tree reaches 8-18 meters in height. It has gray bark and reddish wood and produces small fruits, which ripen in autumn. All parts of the plant are used in various Ayurvedic herbal applications. Common Name: Amla Botanical Name: Emblica officinalis Other names: Amalaki, Indian Gooseberry Growing Area: Native to India Nutrients & Applications: Amla is …

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