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Uses of Different Herbal Plants

Updated on November 30, 2018
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Herbal teas

Through personal experiences I opened my mind to another chapter of herbal healing. I have extensively researched several types of herbs, and spices from around the world. The most common herbs are used daily.

My purpose in learning about new herbs, and spices is to allow others to know more about natural healing. I enjoy learning more about any herb, naturally.

Kozlac is a Croatian name for Arum Plant.

Arum plant and Kozlac is the same kind of herbal plant.

Traditionally, the local people make wine, and brandy from the actual fruit of this plant. In ancient times the villagers used Arum or the Kozlac for treating hemorrhoids, laryngitis, and for other respiratory problems.

Used for skin issues such as psoriasis. I got into the idea of talking to the elderly people about the old ways of living in the villages. My discussions took me further to know much more about unusual herbs and spices. It is amazing how the older generation of people survived in healing and curing their illnesses, or minor ailments with herbal medicine.

They just know which kinds of herbal plants are edible, use able and of which are poisonous. A very interesting idea came to my mind while discussing herbal plants with the elderly people. I am thinking of writing another book on herbal plants this time on the most unusual types. I enjoy writing about new information.

Information that is rarely found online. People treated minor ailments with the local alcohol drink called ''Rakia.'' Used for joint pains and backaches.

The heat of the strong drink relieved pain easily. Most people in the village use the ''Rakia'' for that purpose. Rakia is like Tequila. Make sure to find out more about any herb or spice to be reassured before using. Some people may have allergic reactions to certain kinds of herbs and others may not be affected at all. Herbs and spices have individual benefits and all in moderation is key.

Aronia Berries

The Aronia Berry Plant is unique and found in Europe. On my daily walking adventure I spotted the Aronia Berry plant. Unfortunately I could not capture a perfect photo due to bad weather.

The plant has beautiful flowers in spring. The extraordinary plant has its own beauty in autumn. I would like to plant the Aronia plant in my back yard. The berries are sweet tasting and are usually used to make fruit juices. Sometimes people add the berries in wines or jellies.

Don't confuse the Aronian berry plant and fruit with the Chokeberry.

The Aronian berries are used for the prevention of the following health issues: The berry plant is used to reduce the levels of cholesterol. Choke berry used as a treatment for colorectal cancer.

Used for heart problems.

For chronicle issues such as, peptic ulcer.

If you have an eye inflammation or liver failure the Aronian berry juice can prevent these issues as have been tested. Choke berries are scrumptious and juicy and are grown in North America and used in a similar way as Aronia Berries. Choke berry fruit is well-known for its natural juice.

The Choke berry too has its own benefits.

Used for hypertension.

Useful to Gastric issues and for Hemorrhoids.

The vitamin C together with Vitamin B6 and E prevents the body from most illnesses.

The Coca Leaf

Herbal plants: Rosemary


Ivy leaf

What is the Ivy Leaf?

The Ivy leaf has its own benefits and most people don't think the Ivy leaf is a worthy use to heal or prevent certain illnesses.

Lung functioning was improved when the Ivy leaf was used in pharmaceutical experiments. The English Ivy as is well-known of is a problem to many other breathing trees. The creeper climbs wildly to the top of many trees.

I seen the Ivy on Oak trees and on Olive trees. It can be a bit of a nuisance to many farmers.

The plant is native to Europe and some of Asia.

Medicinal purposes from the Ivy leaf still surprise me:

Dating back in time to the ancient Greek times the Ivy leaf was popular and had a hold on many people's minds. The Ivy leaf was used to prevent alcohol intoxication.

Also, the Ivy leaf was extensively used as an anesthetic and as an antiseptic.

Used to reduce brain swelling in hemorrhaging.

A member of the Araliaceae family.

Ginseng is included in the Ivy family:

Ghedh derives from an Indian ancient root which means to intertwines, or to hold on to like to grasp on to something. The evergreen plant derives from the German root which means eternity. The plant wraps itself around trees and is derived from the Greek word Helix.

Why is the Ivy Leaf so important for its medicine Purposes?

The Ivy leaf is to treat chronic and bronchial conditions. Respiratory health issues are treated with the evergreen leaf.

Such as;



Used for Emphysema and pneumonia and for promoting the relaxation of muscles When you have coughs and irritable respiratory health issues, the Ivy leaf extract can treat these health issues fairly. Used for clearing the air ways and dryness of the chest.

Anti-inflammatory Effects:

Used in the reducing of inflammation. The flavonoids block off the release of histamine.

For example:

Hay-fever too can cause respiratory issues.

What are the Ivy Leaf uses?

If you are having breathing difficulties Ivy leaf extract can relieve that discomfort for you. A helpful extract for dry and wet coughs. Viral infections and bacterial infections can be treated with the Ivy leaf.

Are there any side effects from the Use of Ivy Leaf?

Overall, the ivy leaf is a safe herb and very unusual. The herb can be used for children and for adults.

Allergies are rarely noticed when using the Ivy leaf. The Ivy leaf is not for everyone as all other herbs are also not for everyone. Most people react differently due to allergic reactions. Some may have no problems at all while others can experience shortness of breath, swelling, reddening of the skin or some itching. It differs in every use.

The Ivy leaf is commonly used from the form of an extract.

I found out the Ivy leaf is not often brewed for tea.

Treatment for the following health disorders:




For muscle spasms


Joint pain (rheumatism)

Chronic bronchitis


To reduce the swelling of the membranes that line the breathing passages and in the breaking up chest congestion. The Ivy leaf is used to cool down burns on the skin. For calluses and for skin infections, like under the skin when one has cellulite.

For the nerve issues like when you have nerve pain. If infected with parasites the Ivy leaf is a great idea for that and for rheumatism. For sore swollen veins as when you have phlebitis. The Ivy extract is helpful to children when suffering from bronchitis and to relieve spasms in the muscles.

The new kinds of herbs has the greater benefits and can be for future use and is experimented with continuously.

My new ideas have come a long way and the main focus for me is to continue writing about what I know, and to pass on the message to anyone interested in knowing more about herbal plants. The Andean people have used for centuries the Coca leaf and I am also interested in knowing more about this different kind of herbal medicine.

Rare Herbal plants

Would writing an ebook about unusual herbal plants be a good idea?

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    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      poetryman969 any person who wants to try a different should always ask the herbalist or someone who has the knowledge of these herbs. Never try to consume any herbal remedies unless you know for sure. Seek advice to make sure. Thank you for stopping by.

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      3 years ago

      You always tell me something I did not know about the world of herbs. Aronia seems to be particular useful. I wonder sometimes what caused the first person to try a particular plant? How did they know they would not get sick or die?

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi vespawoolf So kind of you to come by here. Herbs are of great interest to me I write about what I know best.Thank you. Happy Holidays!

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      3 years ago from Peru, South America

      I´m not familiar with all these plants, but I have seen ivy and chokeberry. I´ve heard they had medicinal properties but am glad to see the information here, since I didn´t know how they were beneficial. Thank you for sharing!

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      3 years ago

      Nah not the Delta Armories, The old middlesex court house Dundas Talbot StBoston Ivy is so much nicer than the English Ivy get Boston as it will go the aewmose red in the Fall!.-= Scott Webbb4s last blog .. =-.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      creativelycc I have my first book on herbal teas and Indian spices available on kindle the second one coming soon! It is a perfect guide from A-Z- herbs from around the world. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Carrie L Cronkite 

      4 years ago from Maine

      Excellent information about herbs. I try to use natural remedies and treatment over commercial. I'll use this as a reference and will look forward to your Ebook!

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Susan Recipes thank you for stopping by

    • Susan Recipes profile image


      4 years ago from India

      Thanks for sharing this informative hub. I have learnt new things from your hub.

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MartieCoetser hope life is treating you well in SA? Thank you very much for stopping by. I appreciate your kind efforts.

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi rajan thank you for stopping by.

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      Martie Coetser 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      Very interesting and useful information, DDE! I wish I could plant all of it in my garden :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very informative. There are so many unknown herbs that we need to know about.

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan thank you for sharing your helpful comment. I appreciate all comments from you.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi MsDora thank you very much for stopping by. I really am interested in going one step further to publish another ebook on the rarest of herbal plants, its uses and so much more.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jodah, The unusual or strange herbs have always been interesting for me. Thank you for the positive feedback.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Mel Carriere very true and I am doing just that researching daily and trying to capture photos too. I like your words of encouragement. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      always exploring Thank you for the vote up, and useful.Herbs are interesting and with more research one can do much more. I am glad to have read another comment from you.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      RachaelOhalloran You are so right different places used different herbs. I am researching daily for new information on unique herbal plants. So much that people still don't know about. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc I have been so busy with LOTS to do and haven't commented on most hubs. I appreciate you stopping by here. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi D.A.L. thank you for stopping by at my hubs. I appreciate your time taken and all votes. My interest in the different herbs is growing each day and so is my knowledge.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi tobusiness thank you and the more research is the way to enlighten many who are interested

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi AliciaC interesting you should bring that up about Arum Berries are poisonous. I knew that but did not include in the hub. I have read about Arum and see the differences between the Arum and Kozlac. the Croatian kind of herb. My research is enjoyable and such a learning lesson for me. Thank you for stopping by my best to you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful and informative hub about herbal plants!

      I always believe in the benefits of herbs and use them also. Some of them are new to me in your hub.

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      All the best with your research, and thanks for sharing the information. You'll soon be an expert on herbs.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub Devika , and you really should write a book about rare an strange herbs. It would go viral I believe. Well done, thanks for sharing info about these.

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      Mel Carriere 

      4 years ago from San Diego California

      You should write a book on this and document the lore of the elders in it. This is a lost art and should be recorded for mankind. Great hub!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting info. I haven't heard of the aronian berry. Voted up and useful..Thank you...

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting hub. Herbs can be very helpful and are so interesting to explore! It's very important that someone considering the use of a herb investigates the evidence for its effectiveness for a health disorder as well as its safety, though. Discovering the difference between a safe and a dangerous dose is important, too. Knowing which part of a plant is safe and which part is dangerous and what preparation methods are needed are important as well. Arum berries are poisonous, for example, but the cooked root may not be. There's a lot to think about when using a herb!

      You have an opportunity to perform a wonderful service to the public by including the important details about herbs in your books, Devika. Good luck with your career as an ebook writer!

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      Rachael O'Halloran 

      4 years ago from United States

      I have not heard or read about many of your mentions, and it just goes to show you how many herbs there are that we don't know about. Different countries use herbs as a matter of course in their daily lives, herbs we never heard of, just as we use herbs in everyday life that maybe they never heard of. A book with this info was suggested above and it is a good idea. I hope it is in your plans. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Devika, another useful article, alternative medicine is certainly playing a large part in health care, we need more research, but it's happening slowly. Great hub.

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      4 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hello Devika, this would be an excellent follow up book to your Indian herbs and Spices which was an amazing read. As a naturalist I enjoyed this one immensely. Voted up,beautiful,interesting and useful.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We believe in herbs. We grow them and use them. Having said that, I haven't heard of many in your article, so thank you for the information.


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