Virtual Herb Garden

07/01/2013 15:20


Dandelion (Taraxacum officianale) is arguably owed the title  for the most traditional detox herb and is certainly one of the most accessible growing prolifically as a weed in many a backyard. The leaves of the dandelion are highly nutritious and can be added to salads, made into a tea or a...


29/08/2012 11:33

Siberian Ginseng

(Eleuthrococcus senticosus) is referred to as an 'adaptogenic' herb. These herbs modulate the individual’s response to stress by either regulating the production of, or blocking the action of, stress hormones (catecholamines) such as adrenaline and cortisol.  Adaptogenic herbs...


05/06/2012 11:24


Mistletoe (Viscum album) is actually a parasitic shrub which thrives on trees such as spruces and pines. It is traditionally used as a hypotensive (blood pressure lowering) herb, it's effects being attributable to choline derivatives which act on the parasympathetic portion of the autonomic...


09/05/2012 15:24


Fenugreek (Trigonella foecum-graecum) has quite a diverse range of indications. It is an effective agent for lowering blood lipids, cholesterol and sugars due primarily to the presence of an alkaloid derivative of Nicotinic acid (vitamin B3) called Trigonelline. The seeds are always used and...


08/03/2012 13:39


Peppermint's (Mentha piperita) most significant action is that of a carminative (that which has a calming action) on the gastrointestinal tract. This is most likely due to the presence of Menthol in the volatile oil portion harvested from the leaves and flowering tops of the plant. The plant...