Maca (Lepidium peruvianum), also called Peruvian ginseng, is often referred to as a superfood. And that is in the truest sense of the word. It’s touted on numerous websites as a vital substance for athletes and deep thinkers. It is even said to promote virility and increase libido considerably. But is there anything to all the hype about this miracle tuber?
In ancient times, when people were still eating acorns, the gods ate walnuts. According to legend, at least. The walnut's Latin classification, Juglans, roughly translated as Jupiter's fruit, reminds us that this food was dedicated to the gods of ancient Rome. The Greek name dios balanos, meaning "God's acorn" points to the nut's association with Zeus, king of the gods. In 1753 the Swedish natural scientist Carl von Linné ("Linnaeus") added regia, meaning "regal", to its Latin name.
Camomile is one of the most oft-used medicinal plants for home remedies. The name for its botanic genus, Matricaria, refers to its use in folk medicine as a herb to treat women's issues. "Camomile" is derived from the Latin camomilla and Greek chamaímêlon, meaning "apple growing on the ground".
The downy hemp-nettle was once prized as a miracle medicinal plant for treating lung illnesses. Today this healing herb is all but forgotten. That's why we're so delighted to have the opportunity to tell you about it. Downy hemp-nettle (Galeopsis segetum Neck.) contains harpagide, an anti-inflammatory substance also found in devil’s claw.
Siberian ginseng, also called Taiga root (Eleutherococcus senticosus), devil's bush or eleuthero, is widely known for its performance boosting, immunomodulatory and adaptogenic effects. Russian folk medicine has long made use of this strengthening miracle root.
The hop (Humulus lupulus L.) plant is a clockwise-winding climber from the hemp family Cannabaceae. Like hemp, hops are dioecious. The relationship between hemp and common hops can be seen especially in the male flowering plants. Hops are first associated with brewing beer, but even as a pure herb, hops have a calming effect. Nervous horses benefit from feeding the hop plant.
Silybum marianum, aka milk thistle, is also called cardus marianus, blessed milkthistle, Marian thistle, and Saint Mary's thistle. Silybum refers to the shape of its flower, whilst marianum refers to the Virgin Mary. The medicinal properties of milk thistle have been known since ancient times. The Herbal Medicinal Products Platform Austria (HMPPA) has named Silybum marianum Austria's Medicinal Plant of 2021.
Rose hips (Rosae fructus) are the accessory fruits of various species of wild rose. These bright red fruits with a tangy citrus taste are really something. They contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, boost the immune system, promote metabolism, and can relieve joint pain.
The stimulating and invigorating effects of the aromatic rosemary plant (Salvia rosmarinus, Rosmarinus officinalis) have long been used in veterinary medicine. This well-known Mediterranean herb's valuable substances promote blood circulation and are effective in helping weak cardiovascular systems as well as musculoskeletal systems.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has a soothing effect on nervous symptoms in horses and dogs. The lemon-scented medicinal herb has soothing effects on the nerves as well as on gastrointestinal ailments.
Plantago lanceolata, aka lamb's tongue or ribwort plantain, is found almost everywhere: along paths, in meadows, and on lawns as "weeds". This modest plant deserves more attention, because it is one of the best remedies for respiratory diseases in horses and dogs.
In its native regions of the Far East, ginseng (Panax ginseng) is said to have life-extending and rejuvenating properties. Indeed, ginseng root contains substances that stimulate metabolism and the immune system and help to relieve stress and exhaustion. Ginseng is a valuable aid against fatigue and weakness and helps to increase well-being, especially in older dogs.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is one of the most popular medicinal herbs used in herbal medicine. This plant, with its fresh, peppery taste, contains substances that calm gastrointestinal complaints, relax cramps, and stimulate the appetite.
The captivating scent of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) conjures memories of warm summer evenings in the south, as well as of grandmother's linen cupboard... Lavender is one of the most well-known and most popular aromatic plants, but it's also an effective healing herb for treating restlessness, nervousness and stress reactions.
The globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus subsp. scolymus (L.) HEGI) is a delicacy. Its flower buds and bracts are prized as a fine vegetable. The artichoke's bitter rosette leaves are considered inedible, but they contain valuable substances which relieve digestive complaints and promote liver metabolism.
The name fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) comes from the old French fenugrec, in turn from the Latin faenum Graecum, literally meaning "Greek hay". The seeds' valuable substances include mucilage which helps to reduce irritations to the stomach lining and alleviate stomach ailments.
Already in Greek history, monk's pepper (also known as chaste tree or chasteberry) appears as an anaphrodisiac (a remedy that dampens the sex drive). Today, the chaste tree is mainly used in the treatment of typical gynaecological disorders, such as PMS (premenstrual syndrome, complex physical and emotional complaints related to the menstrual cycle).