The Plant Detective http://mtpr.net en Bitter Melon II http://mtpr.net/post/bitter-melon-ii <p>4/12/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">The Plant Detective</a>:" Bitter melon's ability to bring down blood sugar is proven, and it holds promise for treating complications of diabetes as a non-animal source of injectable insulin.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 16986 at http://mtpr.net Bitter Melon II Bitter Melon I http://mtpr.net/post/bitter-melon-i <p>4/5/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">The Plant Detective</a>:" Bitter melon (<em>Momordica charantia) </em>goes by many names and is used as food and medicine across the world, especially in the tropics. It's got twice the calcium and potassium of spinach and bananas, but if you're going to try some raw, be ready: it's one bitter cucurbid.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 16976 at http://mtpr.net Bitter Melon I Tulsi http://mtpr.net/post/tulsi <p></p><p>3/29/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">The Plant Detective</a>:" “Holy basil” helps many ailments. It's sacred - dedicated to Vishnu - and has been cultivated by Indian people for centuries, as medicine for fever, digestion, diabetes, stress, and more.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 16833 at http://mtpr.net Tulsi Valerian http://mtpr.net/post/valerian <p>3/22/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">The Plant Detective</a>:" Valerian is a powerful agent for relaxation and sleep, with no dangerous side effects. In the past, aggression, epilepsy, shell shock and hysteria were all treated with valerian.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 16250 at http://mtpr.net Valerian Hoodia http://mtpr.net/post/hoodia <p>3/15/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">The Plant Detective</a>:" Hoodia, native to the Kalahari Desert of Southern Africa, works as an appetite suppressant by telling the brain that the stomach is full without affecting the rest of the body's functioning. After a long legal battle, the San bushmen of the Kalahari won a settlement for traditional claims to the knowledge of the plant.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 15855 at http://mtpr.net Hoodia Bilberry: Eye Health in a Berry http://mtpr.net/post/bilberry-eye-health-berry <p>"<a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">The Plant Detective</a>," March 1st, 2014: Bilberry is attracted by the pigment in our eyes, and once there, it acts as a powerful antioxidant while improving circulation and strengthening capillaries and cell walls. In Europe, it's part of conventional treatment for macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and more.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:00:00 +0000 mtpr.org 14881 at http://mtpr.net Bilberry: Eye Health in a Berry Star Anise http://mtpr.net/post/star-anise <p>February 22nd, 2014: In traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese star anise is prescribed for colicky babies and sluggish digestion. But today, it's also a source of shikimic acid, a precursor in the pharmaceutical synthesis of Tamiflu, one of the only treatments right now for avian influenza. Japanese star anise, <i>Illicium anisatum</i>, a similar tree, is highly toxic and inedible.</p><p><a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">http://www.floradelaterre.com/</a></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:00:00 +0000 mtpr.org 13694 at http://mtpr.net Star Anise Milk Thistle II http://mtpr.net/post/milk-thistle-ii <p>February 15th, 2014: Milk thistle is both a noxious weed and the tenth best-selling medicinal herb in the U.S. Its role in protecting the liver points to the scope of its potential. Research is ongoing into its ability to protect against prostate and skin cancer, enhance certain cancer drugs, prevent some side effects of chemotherapy, protect against damage from UV light, and more.</p><p><a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">http://www.floradelaterre.com/</a></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:00:00 +0000 mtpr.org 13691 at http://mtpr.net Milk Thistle II Milk Thistle I http://mtpr.net/post/milk-thistle-i <p>February 8th, 2014: Compounds in milk thistle keep toxins out of liver cells, stimulating liver repair and exerting antioxidant power. Milk thistle can also<span id="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_lblBody"> reverse the effects of amanita mushroom poisoning. </span></p><p><a href="http://www.floradelaterre.com/" target="_blank">http://www.floradelaterre.com/</a></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:00:00 +0000 mtpr.org 13690 at http://mtpr.net Milk Thistle I Lavender http://mtpr.net/post/lavender <p>February 1st, 2014: Fragrant and medicinal, lavender can affect people's alertness and mood. Depending on the species, it can stimulate or calm, sharpen or soothe. It's helpful in treating anxiety and sleep disturbances.</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:00:00 +0000 mtpr.org 13666 at http://mtpr.net Lavender