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Amazing Herbs A to Z: S
A selection of herbs with healing qualities.
Saffron is used primarily as a spice to season numerous culinary dishes. Saffron is cultivated around the globe and is one of the most expensive spices around. The saffron flower is harvested for various healing purposes which include reducing menstrual pain to alleviating indigestion.
Sage is a shrub like bush that is native to European countries. The woody branches of the herb bare fragrant flowers. Of course, sage is a favorite culinary spice and has many healing qualities enjoyed by numerous people over the years. Those that are bothered by too much mucous in the lungs or congestion in the chest should brew a cup of sage tea and drink a few times a day to ease the symptoms. Sage is also an excellent preparation for insect bites or any type of skin rash.
The sassafras tree is native to North America and some parts of Asia. Sassafras tea is brewed and honey is added for a delightful drink. The bark of the sassafras tree is known to repel various bugs and insects. The roots of the tree are used to make molasses like syrup. Sassafras is considered a good treatment for skin rashes, wounds, and arthritic pain.
Savory has a long history in the healing arts. Savory is also a welcome addition to culinary dishes. Summer savory is considered beneficial for the digestive system. Savory relieves gas symptoms and diarrhea. Savory tea is a treatment for coughs and has mild expectorant qualities.
Saw palmetto was a main ingredient in numerous medicinal preparations around the turn of the century. Recently, the herb enjoyed renewed popularity as a great herb to help regrow hair or cure male pattern baldness. Further studies suggest that this conclusion is inaccurate. However, traditional doctors are recommending the herb as an additional prostate treatment.
Seaweed is also commonly referred to as bladder-wrack and commonly grows along the sea shores around the New England area in the United States. A soup preparation is made from the herb to treat glandular problems.
The Honest Herbal
by Varro E. Tyler, PhD
The Herbs ought to be distilled when they are in their greatest vigor, and so ought the Flowers also.
(Please note that all the herbs listed are for information purposes only. Use due caution. The statements and information are not meant to diagnose illness or cure any type of ailment.)
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