Gotu Kola, superfood and super herb

Gotu kola is the Sinhalese name for Centella asiatica (syn. Hydrocotyle asiatica, H. cordifolia, H. erecta, H. repanda and Trisanthus cochinchinensis), also called Asiatic pennywort, brahmi, centella, Indian pennywort, ji xue cao, kodokan, marsh pennywort, pennyweed, sheeprot and thankuni amongst many other names worldwide. It is not related to kola nut.

Gotu kola is a low growing (to 8″, 20cm tall) but wide spreading (up to 3′, 1m) evergreen perennial which will grow in any moist or wet

Health benefits of gotu kola

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Ravensara and Ravintsara are not the same

There are a number of potential sources of confusion in the aromatherapy pharmocopeia, but one that really stands out as an ongoing problem is the distinction between ravensara and ravintsara.

At first glance, you would most likely assume that ravintsara is just an alternative spelling for ravensara, or vice versa. It’s obvious from some of the information online about these two oils that this assumption has resulted in the wrong descriptions of uses in certain places, so there’s no need to

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Common Larkspur for external use only

Common Larkspur, Consolida ajacis syn. C. ambigua, Delphinium ajacis, D. ambiguum and D. gayanum, is also known as Eastern larkspur and rocket larkspur. It is an attractive hardy annual, reaching a height and spread of 1m (3′) x 30cm (1′) and is frequently grown as an ornamental. It requires full sun and a moist soil. Larkspur is useful to organic gardeners, as it functions as a trap plant for Japanese beetles.

Sow the fresh seed successionally from Spring to early Summer direct into moist

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Today's freebie: Herbs from Native American Medicine

<img style="float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;" title="Herbs from Native American Medicine" alt="Herbs from Native American Medicine" src="/gfx/9-cover.jpg" border="0" /><em>Herbs from Native American Medicine</em>, volume 9 in the <em>Herbal Medicine from Your Garden or Windowsill</em> series, is on free offer from today, 29 March through midnight Pacific on 31 March.

When the Pilgrim Fathers

Todays freebie: Herbs from Native American Medicine

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Frankincense – ancient antibacterial and antifungal

Frankincense, Boswellia sacra syn. B. carteri and B. undulato crenata, is also called the olibanum tree and ru xiang shu. It is a tender tree, usually with multiple stems, which reaches a height of 8m (25′). It requires full sun and prefers an alkaline soil.
The resin was one of the gifts given to the infant Jesus Christ by the wandering magi, and it has traditionally been used in (high) churches and other places of worship as a fumigant. It is still used in religious rituals by Parsees.

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A book about dying with herbs

This is a little bit off topic, but if you’re interested in herbs for medicinal purposes, you might also find the idea of using them for dying intriguing.

If so, then this week’s freebie may be worth a look.

Many people enjoy using herbs and fungi for dying. The craft which nearly died out in the twentieth century, but fortunately has been revived.

“Natural Colors to Dye For – How to use natural dyes from plants and fungi” is an extensive resource for home dyers. It includes growing

Free 22-24 Mar: Natural Colors to Dye For

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