Albahaca – ‘royal’ herb with surprising benefits found in every kitchen

Albahaca is a herb commonly known as Basil. It is a member of the Ocimum family. Its botanical name is Ocimum basilicum. The name epithet basilicum means 'royal or king-like'. It is grown in many parts of the world, as herb in Amazonian regions and India. Commonly used as food spice – its healing abilities … Continue reading Albahaca – ‘royal’ herb with surprising benefits found in every kitchen

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“Little Elder Mother” dwells in the tree – the Elder power

Elder was sometimes called the “Hylde Moer” or “Elder Mother”. It was said that the “Little Elder Mother” dwells in the tree, or her dominion can be entered through the tree. The Elder Mother is the “Queen of the Underworld” (a different dimension associated with the earth) or “Faery”. Although there are many varieties of … Continue reading “Little Elder Mother” dwells in the tree – the Elder power

Fennel – the "marathon"

The word "fennel" developed from the Middle English fenel or fenyl. This came from the Old English fenol or finol, which in turn came from theLatin feniculum or foeniculum, the diminutive offenum or faenum, meaning "hay". The ancient Greeks knew fennel by the name "marathron"; it grew in the field in which one of the … Continue reading Fennel – the "marathon"

Ayurveda – “the science of life”

Ayurveda (Sanskrit Āyurveda आयुर्वेद, "life-knowledge";  or ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and a form of alternative medicine. The oldest known ayurvedic texts are the Suśruta Saṃhitā and the Charaka Saṃhitā. These Classical Sanskrit encyclopedias of medicine are among the foundational and formally compiled works of ayurveda. The … Continue reading Ayurveda – “the science of life”

Ribwort Plantain – "lamb’s tongue" or "white man’s foot"

The plant's common name derives from the prominent veins on the leaves. The Latin name is derived from the Latin planta = sole of the foot, a reference to the leaf shape of some plantain species. Plantain seeds are sticky when they are moist. They thus stick to the feet of anyone who walks on … Continue reading Ribwort Plantain – "lamb’s tongue" or "white man’s foot"

Lavender – the calming herb

The botanical name lavandula comes from the Latin word lavare, meaning "to wash." Long revered in literature as a herb of love, it is a key ingredient in soaps and shampoos, sachets, perfumes and seasonings. Active ingredients: essential oil, tannins. Internal use Lavender is used internally for indigestion, irritability, anxiety, exhaustion, tension headaches, migraine and … Continue reading Lavender – the calming herb

St. John’s Wort – "Above spirit"

Hypericum perforatum Active ingredients: hypericin, essential oils, resins, tannins, flavonoids St. John's wort is a common meadowland plant that has been used as a medicine for centuries. Early European and Slavic herbals mention it. The genus name Hypericum is from the Latin word hyper, meaning "above," and icon, meaning "spirit." The herb was once hung … Continue reading St. John’s Wort – "Above spirit"