Medicinal Plants - Part 3
This is the last post in our series on medicinal plants.
If you missed the first two, just look here. We thought we'd share these interesting tidbits of information as we're just launching our new, all-plant based product, Sagitta Acute, just in time for cold and flu season. It is best to take it when your throat starts to scratch, then the natural antibiotic properties of the plants should support your body in fighting the cold early on, before it really breaks out..
Have fun while reading!
Honey clover / sweet clover(leaves and flowering branches)
Place of origin: Europe
Honey clover can improve blood circulation and help break up blood clots. The drug warfarin (also known as coumadin), which is used to thin the blood, was developed from this plant.
Onions & Garlic(Onion)
Place of Origin: Asia & Northern Hemisphere
On our list, two more commonly found kitchen ingredients. Eaten raw, they are said to help prevent blood clots, oral infections and tooth decay.
coneflower (Leaves & Root)
Place of origin: North America
This plant has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, primarily by the Native Americans of North America. They used these to treat wounds, burns, toothaches, coughs, stomach cramps and the occasional snake bite.
Echinacea extract is one of the best-selling remedies in the world today. In addition, some studies suggest that this plant can boost the immune system and prevent colds and flu. However, there is other research that has not found any evidence of medicinal properties.
witch hazel (bark & leaves)
Place of Origin: Eastern North America
Witch hazel was also used by Native Americans for centuries. They boiled the stalks and twigs and used the resulting decoction to treat ailments. The European settlers noticed the positive properties of the plant and developed the process for the production of witch hazel extract, which is still used today.
The plant can be used to treat skin irritations and as an eyewash. It also has mild antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that promote healing by stimulating the skin's defenses.
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