According to Roman times, Roman nettle was used for arthritis and rheumatism in a process called urtication where the cut stalks were bundled and flailed onto the back. Ouch! American Indians used it as one of spring’s first cooked vegetable and as a spring tonic (the cooking process inactivates the sting). This page includes alias names for Nettle herb with pictures, how to use Nettle herb, its properties, chemical constituents, and helpful links.
Gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre) has been used for thousands of years in India as a medicinal herb for sugar issues, constipation, liver disease and bladder issues. Here are alias and Chinese names for Gymnema with pictures, uses, properties, chemical constituents, and helpful links about the herb.
Elecampane is a 4-5 foot tall perennial that grows on a rigid erect stem that is deeply furrowed. The plant branches near the top with pointed leaves that are 1-1.5 feet long and four inches across the middle where they are velvety underneath. The 3-4 inch diameter yellow flowers bloom from June-August and resemble a double sunflower. Inula helenium is notably prized by the Romans for food and medicinal purposes. Elecampane is native to western Asia and Europe but has been spread to now grow in many temperate parts of the globe including areas in the United States. It can be grown from seed in the spring or by root division in the fall. The plant grows best in shady, well drained but moist soil. The root is harvested in the fall and used fresh or dried at high temperatures for later use.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) is native to the Mediterranean. Its medicinal uses date back to the Greeks and Romans. Sage is still used today for its healing properties and as a common culinary herb. It was awarded the International Herb Association “Herb of the Year” in 2001. This page includes alias and Chinese names for Sage with pictures, uses, properties, chemical constituents, and helpful links about the herb.
Harvest of the pitch/sap begins once the trees have reached 8-10 years of age. Venomous snakes that live in the trees are first frightened away by burning the pitch of the styrax tree (benzoin). The trunk bark is then cut deeply and longitudinally and a narrow strip of bark five inches long is peeled off. The milky sap exudes and hardens upon exposure to the air and the incision is deepened. Three months later (from May through mid-September) the resin, now in tear form, is dried enough to be collected by Somalian people who pay the Arab people for the privilege of collecting it. This page includes alias and Chinese names for frankincense with pictures, how to use frankincense, its properties, chemical constituents, and helpful links.