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Rosemary, Valerian, Chaste tree: feel well and cook better with these herbs

Updated on February 26, 2018
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Chaste tree the castor oil tree

Family of the: Lamiaceae
Common name: Chaste tree also known as the monk’s pepper.
Scientific name: Vitex Agnus Castus
Where the chaste tree grows: The plant is native to the African continent and the Mediterranean region.


This plant reaches an average height of 15 to 20 feet and it has a fairly large trunk. The plant bears a large amount of purple flowers and berries. The berries are the part of the plant that has a medical usage. The flowers come in catkins and the leaves are somewhat small no greater than 8cm. The tree has a somewhat irregularly shaped crown and it has been thought to be an aphrodisiac.

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Properties and Uses

This plant provides an array of compounds that work on the pituitary gland that affects the hormonal level, reason why it has been used to medicate many symptoms of various gynecological problems.

The extract from the berries has been found to reduce lactation in women. The extracts from the plants are also used to control premenstrual, premenstrual and menopause syndromes as studies have demonstrated that it has been able to regulate the hormones that afflict women during these processes. The berries have also been considered to energize male and female sexuality performance.

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The Flaxseed, the fiber queen!

Family of the: linaceae
Common name: Flaxseed
Scientific name of the flaxseed: Linum Usitatissimum
Where the flaxseed plant grows: The Mediterranean, India, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, ancient Egypt and Ethiopia.


The plant can grow up to a little over a meter in height. The flaxseed bears the seeds inside a dry round container and its flowers have a sky blue color. The stems of the plant are very slim and the flowers have no more than five petals. The seeds of the flaxseed plant may come in a brown or yellow/golden color.

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Properties and Uses

Flaxseed is a compound of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, Lignans that provides estrogen and antioxidants, and soluble and insoluble fiber

The flaxseed is an excellent source of fiber that being the number one reason for its cultivation. The plant is used as an ornamental plant and to make nets, dyes, papers, cloths but its most predominant use is nutritional purposes.

Remember that ingesting too many seeds without taking the necessary amount of water may cause the consumer to have an intestinal blockage. Apart from that, it is also used to aid people that suffer from breast and prostate cancer as well as a natural laxative. Arthritis is another illness that can be treated with this nutritious plant.

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Rosemary: Health, Beauty and Culinary Properties

Family of the: Lamiaceae
Common name: Rosemary
Scientific name: Rosmarinus Officinalis
Where it grows: Native to the Mediterranean and Asia but it plant can grow in any cool climates, even though this plant is very resistant to dry places and can go without water for a long time.


Rosemary is an evergreen plant with leaves that look much like the hemlock needles. It can grow up to 5 feet tall. In regular climates, the plant flowers in spring and summer and flowers can be white, pink, purple and blue.

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Properties and Uses

This herb has antispasmodic, antioxidant, antiseptic and omega3 properties.

Some of the uses of this plant include beauty, health and culinary activities. In the health department it is used for the care of skin and hair. In regards to our health, this plant can enhance our memory, relieve muscle pain, help in the treatment of cancer, provide with a healthy blood system and it can also help to cleanse and smooth our digestive system. Its tea is widely used for intestinal issues and indigestion; it is also excellent for the treatment of eczema and skin rashes.

When used for culinary purposes, this herb can supply a rather aromatic taste to our foods, especially when roasting or barbecuing. Besides these interesting applications of the plant, people regularly take a branch of it and place it in a room, usually the bedroom, since the smell of this plant helps the memory and it smells wonderful.

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This herb was associated with wedding and death as it has been a symbol of remembrance and fidelity.

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Valerian, a Natural Remedie for Insomnia

Family of the: Caprifoliaceous
Common name: Valerian
Scientific name: Valeriana officinalis
Where it grows: Europe and Northern Asia, although it can be found in damp, dry and elevated grounds.


The plant can grow up to 4 feet tall. Only one stem arises from the root. It shapes into a round, hairy looking bush that splits in 2 stems where it flowers in June or September. Flowers are small and mostly pink, and expel a no very pleasant smell. It has leaves that arrange in pairs united in the base.

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Properties and Uses

Valerian extract has a unique composition of Alkaloids, Isovaleramide, Gamma-aminobutyric acid, Isovaleric acid, Iridoids, Sesquiterpesnes, and Flavanoses. It is commonly known for its sedative, antiseptic, anticonvulsant properties.

The most common used of Valerian is as alternative medicine for insomnia and sedative purposes.

Keep in mind that the compounds of Valerian produce nervous system depression reason why they should not be used in combination with other depressants.

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Peppermint: the Soothing Tea Herb

Family of the: lamiaceae (cross between the spearmint and the watermint)
Common name: Peppermint
Scientific name: Mentha Piperita
Where it grows: It grows all over the world but it is indigenous to the European and Mid Eastern zones. It was discovered or classified in the mid 1700’s by Linnaeus. The peppermint plant grows in adverse conditions but not extreme ones thanks to its hardiness and its invasive nature. It must be planted carefully in order for it to not overrun the yard.


Peppermint is a small perennial plant that grows no taller than 35 inches in height. The stem of the peppermint plant is referred to as a rhizome and it from it branch out roots that have a gristly look to them as well as the leaves. In flowering season the peppermint plants bloom purple colored flowers that have a minute size. The leaves have toothed margins and red colored “veins” which can vary in tone due to the amount of chlorophyll produced.

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Properties and Uses

Peppermint has been used for a prolonged amount of time as stomach relief herb. It also possesses (as an oil and other extracts from the plant) antimicrobial properties giving it a place in toothpastes and mouthwashes. Peppermint contains trace amounts of vitamin C as well as minerals like: manganese and copper. Peppermint is also nifty at relaxing smooth muscles and aromatherapy from the plant may work wonders on your nerves as well.

Both peppermint leaves and flowers can be used for heartburn and indigesttion. It is usually used in teas, oil, and in the kitchen to spice up meals. Also the dental industry is known to be a big fan of this herb for fresh breath provides.

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