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Alfalfa Leaf (Medicago sativa) is also known as Buffalo Herb, Purple Medic and Buffalo Grass. The Alfalfa belongs to the pea family and is an important forage crop in the United States, Canada, Australia and in the Middle East. Alfalfa leaves may look like clover but it has small clusters of purple flowers. It is a perennial plant that grows only up to about a meter in height. Alfalfa is a strong plant that can even withstand prolonged dry…

The Burdock Root belongs to the genus Arctium that is derived from the Greek word ‘arktos’ meaning ‘bear’ to connote this plant’s shaggy burrs. The Burdock Root is a fleshy taproot and can grow up to 1 meter long and can grow deep inside the soil. The root itself has many medicinal properties. It is brownish-green or nearly black in color. It is also very thick and has a sweetish taste. The leaves of the burdock plant are not used as frequently…

Candida yeast infections or simply yeast infection is caused by the Candida albicans fungus which proliferates in many areas of the body like the vagina, oral cavity, the skin and in the gastrointestinal system. According to statistics, about 75% of women are expected to develop Candida overgrowth at least once in their lives. Candida albicans is described as a single-celled micro organism that lives in the intestine of humans. It has the ability…

As a child, you may have played in the front yard using the nearby plants as accessories to your play. One plant in particular had an interesting milky substance when the stems were broken off. This was the same one many children even today close their eyes and make a wish as they blow the fluffy puffs of seeds into the wind. You can find this plant in most lawns and growing wild in your neighborhood. It has a yellow flower and a hollow stem with…

Contrary to popular belief, the Oregon Grape root (Mahonia aquifolium) is related to the barberry and is not directly related to true grapes at all. The Oregon Grape is actually an evergreen shrub that can grow between 3 feet and 16 feet tall. The plant has leathery leaves with bright yellow flowers. The Oregon Grapes are small clusters of purplish black fruits. It is native to the Pacific Northwest where it is a staple diet of native tribes. The…

Red Clover Blossoms (Trifolium pretense) is a species of the clover plant which is native to Europe, Asia and Africa. It is a perennial plant that can grow 20 to 80 cm tall. It has alternate leaves with three leaflets and a unique outer leaf. The flowers of the Red Clover blossoms are dark pink with a white or pale base and are produced in dense bunches. Red Clover blossoms has many therapeutic uses owing to its high content of estrogen- like…

The Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica) is also called Lizard Tail and Swamp Root; it is native to the Southwestern part of North America. It is a perennial flowering plant that blooms in spring. It is similar to the sunflower plant with only one single flower in a plant stalk. The flowers are white with roughly 4 to 9 white bracts. The flower turns bright red as it matures. The Yerba Mansa Root is the most common part of the plant that is used…

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