potassium

The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Comfrey

5/3/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Compounds in Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) 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.

Age-old remedy can be dangerous.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Bitter Melon I

4/5/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) goes by many names and is used as food and medicine across the world, especially in the tropics. It's got twice the calcium and potassium of spinach and bananas, but if you're going to try some raw, be ready: it's one bitter cucurbid.

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