The land was nearly in full bloom on a hot late-June day, with purple, white, and orange flowers exploding in great bunches. Weaver pointed out a banquet of plants and their uses: chamomile (calming, digestive aid), hyssop (expectorant), calendula (stomach and skin soothing), three kinds of bergamot (soothing, sleep aid, lowers fevers), yarrow (known as "nature's stitches"). There were descriptively named herbs like boneset and feverfew, and numbing buds of spilanthes, also known as Szechuan buttons, which can be used in place of novocaine.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Take Two Flowers and Call Me in the Morning
We all know that eating well is one of the best--and easiest--ways to make our bodies healthy. Much has been written about antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, etc. in all sorts of foods. Still, millions of people take pills to supplement the nutrients they get from their food. Many of these are herbal remedies.