digestion http://mtpr.org en American Ginseng http://mtpr.org/post/american-ginseng <p>6/21/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">The Plant Detective</a>:"&nbsp; Even today, many elderly Chinese still prefer a good ginseng root to health insurance. American ginseng <em>(Panax quinquefolius) </em>is used to aid digestion, treat diabetes, boost immunity, and balance qi, or life energy. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 20128 at http://mtpr.org American Ginseng Tulsi http://mtpr.org/post/tulsi <p></p><p>3/29/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">The Plant Detective</a>:" “Holy basil” helps many ailments. It's sacred - dedicated to Vishnu - and has been cultivated by Indian people for centuries, as medicine for fever, digestion, diabetes, stress, and more.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 16833 at http://mtpr.org Tulsi Star Anise http://mtpr.org/post/star-anise <p>February 22nd, 2014: In traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese star anise is prescribed for colicky babies and sluggish digestion. But today, it's also a source of shikimic acid, a precursor in the pharmaceutical synthesis of Tamiflu, one of the only treatments right now for avian influenza. Japanese star anise, <i>Illicium anisatum</i>, a similar tree, is highly toxic and inedible.</p><p><a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">http://www.floradelaterre.com/</a></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:00:00 +0000 mtpr.org 13694 at http://mtpr.org Star Anise Frankincense: Tears of a Tree http://mtpr.org/post/frankincense-tears-tree <p>December 21st &amp; 23rd, 2013:For millenia throughout the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, resinous nuggets from the frankincense tree have made fragrant and insecticidal smoke when burned. Frankincense is considered sacred as well as medicinal, but today, the trees aren't reproducing.</p><p><a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">http://www.floradelaterre.com/</a></p><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:00:00 +0000 mtpr.org 11226 at http://mtpr.org Frankincense: Tears of a Tree Licorice I: Never Mind the Spoonful of Sugar http://mtpr.org/post/licorice-i-never-mind-spoonful-sugar <p>November 23rd &amp; 25th, 2013: Licorice is an important shrub around the world, treating many ailments. The chemicals contained in licorice are thought to decrease swelling, thin mucus secretions, decrease cough, and increase the chemicals in our body that heal ulcers.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">http://www.floradelaterre.com/</a></p><p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:00:00 +0000 mtpr.org 11217 at http://mtpr.org Licorice I: Never Mind the Spoonful of Sugar Prickly Ash http://mtpr.org/post/prickly-ash <p>November 16th &amp; 18th, 2013: The leaves, bark (sans thorns), root bark and berries of Prickly Ash are medicinal, soothing sore throat and skin inflammation, increasing saliva, and improving blood flow and digestion. North Americans used it to numb toothache.</p><p><a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">http://www.floradelaterre.com/</a></p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:00:00 +0000 mtpr.org 11132 at http://mtpr.org Prickly Ash