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Materia Medica

July Plant of the Month: Yarrow

Published on July 1, 2018 under Garden
July Plant of the Month: Yarrow
Achillea millefolium Latin name: Achillea millefolium, Asteraceae Common names: Yarrow, Milfoil Growth: In Central Florida can be used as a ground cover, the bipinnate leaves grow low to the ground and appear almost fern like,…
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Materia Medica: Chaya

Published on July 6, 2017 under Garden
Materia Medica: Chaya
I cringe when I hear the word "superfood" uttered in a mixed crowd. Between GOOP and Dr Oz, health and nutrition fads fill up my Facebook feed daily, and they fade into distant memory as…
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Swamp Medicine: Healing Plants of Central Florida

Published on June 23, 2017 under Garden
Swamp Medicine: Healing Plants of Central Florida
See notes and slides from Emily's presentation at this link. Herbalist Emily Ruff presented "Swamp Medicine: Healing Plants of Central Florida" at the 2017 International Herb Symposium, highlighting medicinal plants growing in the subtropical climate…
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Materia Medica: Spiral Ginger

Published on May 6, 2017 under Garden
Materia Medica: Spiral Ginger
Insulin plant (Costus pictus) is the subject of numerous studies from the National Institute of Health for its effects on - you guessed it - hyperglycemia and diabetes. It has a history of use in…
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Materia Medica: Loquat

Published on March 6, 2017 under Garden
Loquat Fruit Tree Eriobotrya japonica Also know as Chinese Plum, this cold hardy fruit tree is widely grown as a garden ornamental and commercial fruit and herbal medicine. Generous annual fruit production, plus many valuable…
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Materia Medica: Arrowroot

Published on February 7, 2017 under Garden
Materia Medica: Arrowroot
Maranta arundinaceae, commonly known as Arrowroot, is a beautiful herbal ally to grow here in sunny Central Florida. It loves our tropical weather and thrives in humid environments. The rhizomes of this plant have been…
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Materia Medica: Elder

Published on January 7, 2017 under Garden
Materia Medica: Elder
Plants that bring forth pollinators, grow in abundance, and provide food and medicine, are our favorite additions to a garden. One in particular comes to mind and that is Sambucus nigra, commonly known as Elderberry.…
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Materia Medica: Aloe

Published on December 6, 2016 under Garden
Materia Medica: Aloe
Summertime and the livin' is easy, that is until you get an awful sunburn from the scorching Florida sun! One of our favorite herbs to help ease the sting of a sunburn is Aloe vera.…
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Materia Medica: Anamu

Published on July 11, 2016 under Garden
Materia Medica: Anamu
Anamu Petiveria alliacea is an herbaceous perennial that grows up to 1m in height. Indigenous to the Amazon rainforest and tropical areas of Central and South America, the Caribbean and Africa. Anamu, aka Guinea Hen…
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Materia Medica: Yarrow

Published on July 11, 2016 under Garden
Materia Medica: Yarrow
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a well-known plant ally throughout the United States and Europe. Yarrow is a flowering perennial, common in North America but also native to Europe and Asia. Its leaves are soft and…
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