Eucalyptus leaves in general have been used traditionally for ages by the aboriginals in its native habitat (primarily continental Australia and Tasmania). It has been used topically to treat wounds and fungal infections, and internally as a tea to help with fever. In Chinese and Indian traditional medicine, Eucalyptus has been used for treatment of these and a variety of other ailments. Eucalyptus has been used since the 19th century to disinfect catheters.
The Elder tree has been used medicinally for centuries throughout Europe. The oldest claim is perhaps its use by the Romans, who, among a variety of medicinal uses, used it to dye hair black. It has been common to eat the flowers or berries; make wine or syrup from the berries; make tea from the leaves, flowers, or inner bark; rub the bruised leaves on the skin; and make tea or tincture from the inner bark.
Jamaican dogwood has been used by bush doctors as a traditional remedy for nerve pain, migraines, insomnia, and nervous tension. It was also used as an external wash for any skin compliant. To cure a headache, crushed leaves are tied around the head so one can inhale the essence.
This week, we'll be exploring the properties of the bacopa. The Latin name for this plant is Bacopa monnieri. It's other names include: Andri, Bacopa, Herb of Grace, Herpestis Herb, Indian Pennywort, Jalanimba, Nira-Brahmi, Thyme-Leave Gratiola, Water Hyssop. The history of the bacopa herb starts in India around 500 C.E when India scholars would use bacopa for better comprehension, improved memory, and as an antioxidant support for the brain. For centuries bacopa has been used to promote learning ability. Resent research shows that while bacopa promotes restful, consistent sleeping patterns in the long run, it has no immediate sedating effect. It calms the senses, without causing drowsiness when used consistently. It reduces...