Apple Malus domestica


Malus domestica
Common Names
Apple , Apple cider vinegar, wine vinegar
Botanical Name
Malus domestica
Syn. M.sylvestris
ROSACEAE Rose Family
Parts Used:fruit, flowers, bark
Constituents:acetic-acid,alpha-linolenic-acid, benzoic-acid, benzyl-acetate, caffeic-acid, calcium-oxalate, chlorogenic-acid , ferulic-acid, geraniol, hyperoside, isoquercitrin, lactic-acid,lutein,p-coumaric-acid, protocatechuic-acid, quercetin, rutin,sugar, ursolic-a
Apple Medicinal Uses & Benefits
Apples contain malic and tartic acids, and salts of potassium, sodium, magnesium, and iron. Regular consumption can even lower cholesterol and help prevent plaque buildup in your arteries, giving weight to the old saw ‘An apple a day‘. Herbalists consider apples to be cleansing and tonic to the liver and kidneys. The best of the medicinal compounds are contained in the apple peel ,so buy organic whenever possible and always wash throughly.84Apple cider vinegar is such a useful and versatile substance, truly no household should be without it. You can’t go wrong with something that is good to eat and cleans and disinfects the bathroom to boot. When it is made from whole, crushed apples vinegar contains all the nutrition of apples, with some added enzymes and amino acids formed by fermentation. 125 Vinegar is often touted for its alkalinizing effect as a balance to the many acid producing foods we tend to overeat, like meats and grains. There is some disagreement over whether vinegar, which is an acidic substance, makes the body more acidic, which acts to prevent food poisoning by killing harmful bacteria, 124or whether it indeed has an alkalinizing effect on the body. In any case, there is wide agreement that two or three tablespoons of vinegar as a daily tonic works to decrease inflammation, increase metabolism, and help to maintain a healthy balance in the body.The entire apple tree is useful in home and herbal medicine. In addition to the fruit of the apple tree, its bark, flowers, and leaves all have healthy properties. Herbalists use the apple tree much like its cousin the rose, for its astringent properties. The inner bark of the apple tree as well as blossoms are an astringent tonic, and can be used as an infusion for sore throats. The wild crab apple tree is considered better than modern cultivars for use in herbal medicine. 126
In the Kitchen:fruit vinegarYou can also buy vinegars infused with herbs and spices, but you can easily make your own infused vinegars at home using herbs, spices and fruits. It is a great way to preserve the best of the autumn harvest of herbs from your garden, and you end up with a much fresher, better product.
Apple Side Effects:
Apple seeds are toxic – try not to eat them with your apple, and never consume more than one apples worth of seeds.^ Top^
How to Use: Apple
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Eat organic apples! To help bulk up watery stools, bake an apple pie with the peel on, or make some homemade apple sauce. Use apple vinegar as a salad dressing and in sauces. Vinegar is used to preserve herbs, and herbs add healthy properties and taste to the vinegar. Strive for two tablespoons of vinegar a day in your diet. Add vinegar to baths and hair rinses. You can use vinegar for most everyday cleaning tasks. It is naturally anti-fungal and leaves the bathroom, windows, and glass ware clean and shiny. The best way to clean fresh produce is a solution of one part vinegar to three parts cold water, which removes 98 percent of the bacteria. Combine vinegar with baking soda, add a few drops of antibacterial essential oils and you can clean just about anything.

Zingiber officinale
fresh ginger root
Common Names
Ginger Root , Luyang Dilaw
Botanical Name
Zingiber officinale
Common Uses:Amenorrhea * Arthritis * Bruises * Cholesterol * Circulation * Colds * Cramps * Culinary * Digestion * Fibromyalgia * Flu * Gout * Heart * IBS * Lupus * Nausea * Rheumatoid_arthritis * Sprains *
Properties: Analgesic* Anodyne* Antioxidant* Antispasmodic* Aphrodisiac* Aromatic* Arthritis* Astringent* Cancer* COX-2 Inhibitor* Digestive* Muscle Relaxant* Stimulant* Vasodilator* Warm*
Parts Used:Root
Constituents:volatile oil,(mainly zingiberone and bisabolene), oleoresin (containing the pungent principles gingerols, shogaols and zingerone), fats, protein, starch, vitamins a and b, minerals, amino acids.
See Also:Long Pepper, Pippali *

Ginger Medicinal Uses & Benefits
Ginger may be one of the most important plants used in herbal medicine, it is certainly one of the most used. The cultivation of this plant extends so far back in human history that specific origins are hard to trace, however, ginger is mentioned in the eldest medical texts from both India and China. Ginger is one of the most prescribed herbs in TCM, Sheng-jiang (fresh ginger) is used in the treatment of colds for it’s ability to elimintate toxins and raise body heat. 107Ginger is also a blood thinner, which which may help reduce angina episodes by lowering cholesterol. White, 560 The increase in blood flow helps relieve abdominal cramps and open the pelvis to bring on menstruation. Gladstar 36Ginger can be used safely to treat such a wide range of health problems, from simple nausea 18 to arthritis. 17 The aspect I most appreciate about ginger is what a good supporting player it is in herbal formulas. Ginger combines well with many herbs, improving taste and potency. Ginger speeds up the delivery of healthy plant chemicals into the bloodstream. Make the firm, smooth skinned roots of fresh ginger root a household staple, and keep plenty of ginger on hand for both herbal medicine and healthy cooking.
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annies aromatherapy essential oils Ginger oil has a warm, spicy-woody odor. Warms the body and relaxes tight and sore muscles.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
tradional chinese medicineThe Chinese names for ginger Gan-jiang dried ginger, and Sheg-jiang, fresh ginger, mean to defend, suggesting that ginger helps protect the body from cold. Pulverized fresh ginger applied as a poultice to the head two to three times a day was once used as a (Chinese) folk treatment for baldness, and fresh ginger rubbed on the affected area is a folk remedy for virtiligo. The juice squeezed from the fresh root has also been used in the treatment of burns. In modern China ginger is probably used in half of all Chinese herbal prescriptions. Chinese healers believe than even moderate amounts of ginger tea strengthen the lungs and the kidneys.
Ayurvedic Medicine
Godofayurveda Ayruvedic Name: Sunthi, nagara (dry) Ardraka (fresh) * * Tastes (Rashas) : sweet,pungent * Energy (virya): heating * Dosha : VK- P+
Ginger is an important part of Ayurvedic medicine and cooking, and may have originated in tropical Indian.
Ginger Side Effects:
Ginger is a blood thinner, if you are taking prescription blood thinners, have a bleeding disorder, or have gallbladder disease don’t take medicinal doses of ginger. Pregnant women should be cautious in their use of ginger, it can stimulate the uterus.^ Top^
How to Use: Ginger
Preparation Methods & Dosage :The fresh grated ginger root, readily available at most food stores, is a great addition to herbal teas, adding a spicy, hot zest to your favorite dishes. The essential oil is marvelous in massage blends and aroma lamps. Ginger combines well with turmeric, which is also anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving.

Allium sativum
Common Names
Garlic , Poor Man’s Treacle, Bawang, Bauang
Botanical Name
Allium sativum
Common Uses:Allergies * Asthma * Bronchitis * Burns * Cancer * Candida * Cholesterol * Colds * Colitis * Culinary * Flu * Fungus * Heart * Herpes * Insect_repellent * Parasites * Pests * Sinus * Smoking * Sore_throat *
Properties: Antibacterial* Antifungal* Antispasmodic* Arthritis* Diaphoretic* Emmenagogue* Expectorant* Galactagogue* Hypotensive* Stimulant* Vermifuge* Vulnerary*
Parts Used:bulb
Constituents:allicin, citral, geraniol, linalool, phellandrene, s-methyl-1-cysteine sulfoxide

Garlic Medicinal Uses & Benefits

Cooking with garlic is good for the heartScratch a home remedy, and you are likely to smell the the penetrating odor of garlic. In these hard economic times, readily available and inexpensive garlic may be the first line of defense in treating high blood pressure, and dealing with common skin and fungal infections like swimmers ear, athetes foot and acne. Garlic also provides a safe and effective way to kill intestinal worms and other parasites that has been confirmed by scientific studies.Dawson 138The common garlic, a member of the same family as the onion, is of such a antiquity as a cultivated plant, that it is difficult with any certainty to trace the country of its origin. Garlic is mentioned in several Old English vocabularies of plants from the tenth to fifteenth centuries, and is described by the herbalists of the sixteenth century from Turner (1548) onwards, and Garlic was a well respected antidote during the black plague. 105Today garlic has found new respect from the modern scientific community for use in serious illness as well. Garlic contains allicin, a most impressive broad-spectrum antimicrobial as well as over thirty other medicinal compounds. Garlic and onions have long been used to treat bronchitis, allergies and asthma by helping to open the lungs and ease breathing. The ingredients responsible include mustard oils and quercetin. Garlic belongs to the allium genus which includes onions, shallots, leeks, scallions, and chives. This group of herbs are important in improving the digestibility of meats and other heavy foods and well as adding other healthy antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to your home cooking. Garlic and its cousin onion contain substances that discourage platelets from sticking together and prevent blood clots, helping to naturally thin the blood. They also lower total cholesterol and triglycerides, another type of blood fat, all the while increasing HDL, “good cholesterol”. 11 Garlic may also lower blood-sugar levels in people with diabetes. 106
In the Kitchen: To maximize the health benefits, you should crush the garlic at room temperature and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. That triggers an enzyme reaction that boosts the healthy compounds in garlic.To preserve the antimicrobial activity of garlic mix into cooked foods at the last minute.
Ayurvedic Medicine
Godofayurveda Ayruvedic Name: Ransoon * * Tastes (Rashas) : sweet,pungent,bitter,astringent * Energy (virya): heating,drying * Dosha : VK- P+
Ransoon , meaning lacking one taste ( sour), works on all tissues. Garlic is a very popular herb in Indian medicine for many disorders and as a general tonic.
Garlic Side Effects:
Can cause a skin rash in sensitive people. Over consumption can cause heartburn and gas. Moderation is the key here.^ Top^
How to Use: Garlic
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Garlic can and should be used liberally in food, either powdered or freshly chopped. Two cloves or more a day are considered a medicinal dose. Eating 2 to 3 fresh garlic cloves a day has many health benefits including diabetes, arthritis and heart health. To make it more palatable, mash the garlic cloves with a spoonful of honey A simple garlic based broth may be more effective than chicken soup! Garlic and it’s close relatives (chives, leeks and onions) can be applied directly to burns in a poultice. Or cut an onion in half and squeeze the juice on the burn. Garlic infused oils can be used topically or in cooking. Crushed garlic is a good addition to any homemade insecticide spray. Garlic cloves, placed in the ground around plants will deter slugs. Garlic is a natural pesticide against mosquito larvae.source.