Rocket (Wild Arugula)
Rocket, sometimes called London Rocket or Wild Arugula (Sisymbrium irio), is one of several members of the Brassica family (a group of plants containing cabbages, broccoli, and mustards) growing in our region. It is non-native, and now thrives along roads, trails, in empty lots, and waste places. It is extremely hardy, begins growing in the cool winter months, and blossoms in early spring. The entire plant is edible, and has also been used for its medicinal qualities.
Mallow, AKA Cheeseweed, Little Mallow, and Marshmallow (Malva parviflora L.) is a non-native species that grows prolifically across the US, and is one of the most common plants to be found growing in the foothills around Los Angeles, and indeed in almost every yard in the city.
The History of Qing Hao (Artemisia Annua) In Chinese Medicine, and It's Exciting Potential as a Treatment For Cancer and More.
Qing Hao, also known as Sweet Wormwood or Artemisia Annua, has been used as a medicinal plant in China, and indeed around the world, for thousands of years. The compound Artemisinin, derived from Qing Hao, is well known today, and widely promoted by the World Health Organization for its anti-malarial properties.15 Qing Hao traditionally has many other uses as well. I here present a history of the use of Qing Hao in Chinese medicine, as well as some history of modern studies and uses of Qing Hao based upon these Chinese traditions.
Ginger – An Amazing And Versatile Medicinal Herb
Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) a relative of turmeric, is an incredibly versatile and powerful medicinal herb. This spicy yellow root, commonly used to cleanse the palate between bites of sushi, has also been used as medicine for over a thousand years. Due to its ability to reduce the toxicity of other herbs, and because of its adaptogenic and additive effects, it is used by practitioners of Asian medicine to “harmonize” herbal formulas, making them more effective and easier to digest.
The Anti-inflammatory, Pain Reducing, and Disease Fighting Effects of Turmeric
Turmeric (Curcuma longa), a relative of ginger, is a culinary herb used in households around the world to add color and flavor to curries and stews. But this beautiful yellow spice is more than just an ingredient in curry, as hundreds of modern, peer-reviewed studies now reveal. In fact, Turmeric shows great promise for treating many modern diseases and health issues. Here are just a few of the things Turmeric can help with: