inflammation http://mtpr.org en Aloe http://mtpr.org/post/aloe <p>6/14/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">The Plant Detective</a>:"&nbsp; Aloe was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries. It remains one of the most commonly used herbs in the United States today, protecting against ultraviolet rays, relieving the pain of minor burns - and sunburn -&nbsp; and helping skin regenerate. One study found that aloe vera gel displayed anti-inflammatory effects superior to 1% hydrocortisone cream or a placebo gel.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 20126 at http://mtpr.org Aloe Comfrey http://mtpr.org/post/comfrey <p>5/3/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">The Plant Detective</a>:" Compounds in Common Comfrey (<em>Symphytum officinale</em>) soothe inflammation and help cells regenerate - hence the old names for plant, "boneset" and "knitbone." But toxic alkaloids in comfrey can damage the liver, so be cautious even with external use of this herb.</p><p></p><p>Age-old remedy can be dangerous.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 18382 at http://mtpr.org Comfrey Horse Chestnut http://mtpr.org/post/horse-chestnut <p>3/8/14: This week, on "<a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">The Plant Detective:</a>" Horse chestnut improves circulation by strengthening vein walls, improving blood flow, and fighting inflammation. Applied topically, it can also reduce swelling after injuries.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 15850 at http://mtpr.org Horse Chestnut Myrrh, An Ancient, Precious Resin http://mtpr.org/post/myrrh-ancient-precious-resin <p>December 28th &amp; 30th, 2013:Prized as incense, myrrh plays a role in the ceremonies of many religions, but also in medicine. Its antimicrobial qualities have made it useful for treating wounds, infection, inflammation, and candida - and today, it's found in toothpastes.</p><p><a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">http://www.floradelaterre.com/</a></p><p></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:00:00 +0000 mtpr.org 11228 at http://mtpr.org Myrrh, An Ancient, Precious Resin Licorice II: Resemblence to Anise Is Purely Intentional http://mtpr.org/post/licorice-ii-resemblence-anise-purely-intentional <p>November 30th &amp; December 2nd, 2013: The root of the licorice shrub treats digestive problems, inflammation, ulcers, colds and many other ailments, but it creates problems when consumed in excess, raising blood pressure and causing electrolyte imbalances. American candy manufacturers substitute anise seed flavoring.</p><p><a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">http://www.floradelaterre.com/</a></p><p></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:00:00 +0000 mtpr.org 11219 at http://mtpr.org Licorice II: Resemblence to Anise Is Purely Intentional 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