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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Devil's Club: Diabolical Spines Protect Against Many Evils

Devil's Club (Oplopanax horridus) (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Pfly

The gigantic leaves of devil's club barely hide its sharp thorns  - if you're ever sliding down a mountain slope, this is not a plant to grab. But inside the roots' bark lies medicine for all sorts of evils: native coastal North Americans treated as many as 34 types of ailments with it.

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Tea Tree

Indigenous Australians use the twigs and leaves of the melaleuca (tea tree) medicinally, and science has confirmed the tree's antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.  Tea tree oil is used topically to treat a range of skin infections, cuts, burns, insect bites and stings. A 2012 review by the National Institutes of Health found that "a 5% tea tree oil gel appears to be as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide" for treating mild to moderate acne.

(Podcast: The Plant Detective, 8/23/14)

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The Plant Detective
3:34 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Mullein's Stalks Fight Coughs

Credit Flora de la Terre

August 3rd & 5th, 2013: Mullein is a respiratory remedy good for ear infections; short-term use only. http://www.floradelaterre.com

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