Scientific Name: Platycodon grandiflorus The root of this species is used extensively as an anti- inflammatory in the treatment of coughs and colds.Continue reading "Korean Bellflower"
Scientific Name: Pulmonaria officinalis The plant has been cultivated for centuries as a medicinal herb, the ovate spotted leaves held to be representative of diseased lungs, following the Doctrine of Signatures. In fact it is useful in the treatment of chest diseases and asthma.Continue reading "Lungwort"
Scientific Name: Asclepias syriaca Milkweed oil from the seeds can be easily converted into cinnamic acid, which can be used as a sunscreen. Also used as a vegetable by Native Americans.Continue reading "Milkweed"
Scientific Name: Verbascum thapsus Used since ancient times as a remedy for skin, throat and breathing ailments.Continue reading "Mullein"
Scientific Name: Patrinia scabiosifolia Triterpenic glycosides and has been shown to stimulate the liver into producing drug-metabolizing enzymes.Continue reading "Patrinina"
Scientific Name: Asclepias curassavica Stems contain a toxic milky compound resinoid (galitoxin). Several glycosides and an alkaloid have been isolated.Continue reading "Scarlet Milkweed"
Scientific Name: Valeriana officinalis Valerian is a commonly used herb for alleviating anxiety and insomnia.Continue reading "Valerian"
Scientific Name: Dioscorea villosa Contains steroidal saponins, which can be converted through a series of chemical reactions into steroid hormones for use in contraceptives.Continue reading "Wild Yam"
Scientific name: Lithospermum officinale The mature seeds have diuretic, lithontripic and oxytocic propertiesContinue reading "Common Gromwell"
Scientific Name: Symphytum officinale Has toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids that damage the liver and can lead to death. Comfrey is no longer sold in the U.S., except in creams or ointments.Continue reading "Comfrey"