Herbs & Food

Latin name: Emblica officinalis Other names: Amla, Indian goosebery, Aamalaki, Nellaka, Anwla, Ambla, Nelli, kayi T his century have been marked by unparalleled discoveries in the medical field. Efforts to cure AIDS, cancer and other deadly diseases have mobilized science seeking to find a permanent cure. Even though not always successful finding it, scientific work have produced a legacy [...]

Latin name: Agrimonia eupatoria Other names: Common Agrimony, Church Steeples, Cockeburr, Sticklewort, Philanthropos, hemp agrimony, common Dutch agrimony, water agrimony, bastard hemp, Ackerkraut, Agrimonia, funffing, funffingerkraut, herbe d'aigremoine, herbe de saint-guillaume, liverwort, longyacao, odermenning, potentilla, roadside rosaceae, sticklewort, woodland groovebur. Overview T his plant was originally known as Agrimonia now commonly known as agrimony. A perennial herbaceous flowering plant [...]

Overview C hili peppers: Latin name Capsicum annuum, common names are chilli pepper, bell pepper, paprika, cayenne, jalapenos, chitlepin, Christmas pepper. It is a plant native of Central and South America. They belongs to the nightshade family, Solanaceae. Capsaicin (methyl vanillyl nonenamide) is the active component in capsicum which I'll talk more later. Capsicum has been cultivated for thousands of [...]

Burdock root for diabetes

Plant description B urdock is a hardy biennial plant that thrives along roadsides, vacant lots, and river banks. It is related to the artichoke family and It grows throughout North america but not in the south regions. Burdock might be native to Northern Europe and Siberia. Plants can grow up to 28" or 71 cm. Leafs [...]

  Plant description Blueberries are perennials from the section  cyanococcus within the genus Vaccinum which include cranberries and bilberries its European cousin. Cyanococcus  is the most common species. Blueberries are native of North America. The shrubs vary in size from 10 centimeters (3.9 in) to 4 meters (13 ft) in height. Twigs are yellow-green and covered with small wart-like dots.  The flowers are bell-shaped, [...]

Common Names: black seeds, fennel flower, nutmeg flower, black caraway, Roman coriander Latin Name: Nigella sativa B lack seeds is a small plant that grows up to 20 - 90 cm tall, its leafs are fine and long resembling branches of a miniature tree. The flowers and pods are markedly beautiful and posses exquisite characteristics. Its flowers can be white, [...]

Bilberry for diabetes

Common Names: bilberry, European blueberry, whortleberry, huckleberry Latin Name: Vaccinium myrtillus   Bilberry looks similar to blueberries but just a little darker; these two berries are related. Its medicinal properties have been known for over a thousand years in Europe's traditional medicine. It has been used to treat a variety of conditions including diabetes, menstrual cramps, eye problems, diarrhea, varicose veins, venous [...]

T he Brazilian orchid tree (Bauhinia forticata) is shaped like a cow's hoof hence the Brazilian name: Pata de vaca. It is a medium size tree growing to about 25 -30 feet in height. It presents with a large drooping of white flowers and brown seed pods. The Bauhinia genus comprises of about 500 species of shrubs and [...]

Barberry for diabetes

Barberry, berberis or Berberis vulgaris  is a evergreen shrub measuring 3 - 16 ft tall. Barberry comes from a large family of species, being the most commonly known: Berberis vulgaris. It is common in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, central Asia, and throughout temperate and subtropical regions. The berries are about 1/2 inch long presenting an oblong and slightly curved [...]

Ketogenic diet is essentially a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates. A classic ketogenic diet consist of a 4:1 or 3:1 ratio. Three to four parts fat to one part protein and carbohydrates. All starchy foods, fruits, vegetables, bread, pasta, grains and sugar are removed. Fats such as meats, cheese, cream, butter and nuts [...]

Ginseng for diabetes

Ginseng is one of the oldest medicinal plants known to man. There are two varieties mostly used for medicinal purposes: the American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng), both have similar compounds called ginsenosides which are believed to be responsible for its anti diabetic properties. American ginseng is considered less potent by some from [...]

Aloe vera is a favorite plant for many gardeners for having bold architectural forms. Leaves and flowers have been used medicinally throughout the world for thousands of years. Aloe vera is only one gene of 400 species family of the genus Aloe. All aloes have fleshy leaves with spines at various degrees of rigidity. The flower is tubular shaped and [...]

A rnica belongs to the sunflower family, and about 30 perennial species are known. The flowers are approximately two inches in diameter and bloom between May and August. Some species such as Arnica montana and A. chamissonis contains helenalin, which is arnica's main substance responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties. Arnica is mostly used to treat bruises but can also be used internally. It [...]

Aegle marmelos for diabetes

A egle marmelos is not the most well known diabetic remedy in the United States but have been used in Ayurveda medicine for thousands of years in India. I find it fascinating to discover this exotic plant, explore and elaborate on its unique properties and possibilities to treat diabetes. Though more prized for its medicinal virtues than [...]

H ibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a genus of the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is mostly recognized by its bright red flowers. It includes several hundreds of species and are native of temperate, subtropical and tropical habitats around the world. Species are mainly known for its wide variety of beautiful flowers. Hibiscus is both a annual and a perennial plant [...]

Overview B itter Melon for diabetes (Momordica charantia) is a flowering vine belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family and is related to honeydew, cantaloupe, muskmelon, and casaba. There are two varieties one that grows to about 20 cm and is pale green; the other a smaller version is less than 10 cm long and has a darker green [...]

Cinnamon for Diabetes

Overview C innamon (Cinnamomum verum) is mostly known as a spice and even though there are several varieties of this plant two are the most common and available: cassia and verum. The verum genus is sometimes know as the "true cinnamon" and most commercial varieties are produced from the cassia tree. The name cinnamon is a broad one [...]

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