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Garlic (Allium sativum)

What is Garlic? Garlic was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians and  during the earliest Olympics in Greece, garlic was fed to the athletes to increase their stamina.  In China, it was used for diarrhea, dysentery, tuberculosis, diphtheria, hepatitis, typhoid and ringworm. The plant has been used over many centuries in different countries as a protection against …

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

What is Geranium? Geranium is native to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique as well as Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco and were introduced to European countries such as Italy, Spain and France in the 17th century. Throughout history geranium has been known as a powerful wound healer. It has also been used for medicinal purposes and in …

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

What is Ginger Ginger is the “root” or actually the rhizome, of the plant Zingiber officinale. It has been a popular spice and herbal medicine for thousands of years. It has a long history of being used as medicine in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions. In China, for example, ginger has been used to …

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

What is Grapefruit? The grapefruit was first described in 1750 by Griffith Hughes who called it the “forbidden fruit” of Barbados and that it grew in most parts of Jamaica. At first, the tree was grown only as a novelty in Florida and the fruit was little utilized. During the latter half of the 19th …

Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)

What is Helichrysum? Helichrysum is originally from South Africa, Morocco, Algeria, Cyprus, France, Italy, Corsica and Bosnia. It is commonly referred to as Everlasting or Immortelle denoting the eternal bliss and never ending health benefits. The essential oil is extracted from the flowering tops with steam distillation. Helichrysum has been traditionally used to heal various …