Tag Archives: medicinal herbs

MARSHMALLOW ROOT

i was looking for something in the supermarket the other day and wound up in the tea aisle (as you do) and found something called “heartburn soother.” i get heartburn all the time so i was psyched to find some kind of possible herbal remedy. so far i can’t tell if it works since it passes before the tea is even done steeping (2 bags for 15 minutes of covered steeping? what?), but it got me curious about marshmallow root, the main ingredient.

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FEVERFEW

feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium, aka Chrysanthemum parthenium, Matricaria parthenium and Pyrethrum parthenium) is a flowering medicinal perennial herb belonging to the daisy family. it is traditionally used to prevent and treat migraines. like valerian, feverfew is native to eastern europe and asia, but can be grown in many climates around the world.

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VALERIAN

valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a perennial herb native to europe and asia (and has been naturalized in the united states) which has been used medicinally since at least as early as ancient rome, possibly earlier. through antiquity,  dried valerian root has been used to treat insomnia, heart palpitations and gastrointestinal upset, and is still used today. that probably means it works, right? Continue reading

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