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Going Deep Underground

Updated on April 23, 2014
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Going Deep Underground

Volume 6, Issue 3, April 23, 2014

Roots are main source of growth for a plant or tree and the plants or a tree’s reliance on it being nourished to grow. So what is a root? A root according to Dictionary.com is a part of the body of a plant that develops, typically, from the radicle and grows downward or underground in soil, anchoring the plant or tree and absorbing nutriment and moisture (http://www.dictionary.reference.com/browse/Roots?s=t).

The roots of some plants have been used in many cultures, especially ingenious people, as a medicine or as a source of food for the last millennium.

Different roots are generally employed in medicines and herbal remedies because of its varying curative effects and medicinal properties. They vary in size, shape, and texture with only one thing in common is they grow underground; with the exception of maybe one or two roots known to grow above-ground. Normally roots are underground and the obtain there nourishment from the soil. In all actuality they are the seeds of all plants or trees.

The root is the main nerve center for any plant or tree where its branches stem out and above ground to get sunlight while the main nerve center remains and stays underground to obtain nourishment from the soil, and water that surrounds it.

Asparagus Root

Not only the plant or stems of an Asparagus plant are employed for sustenance but, it is engaged as a medicinal remedy and alternative to traditional medicine. Asparagus root has been used and engaged by the Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans for conventional medicine and a source of food. It is a cylindrical plant with tubular branches and it grows into a shrub. It has a sweet flavor and a mild odor. It grows into a 7-8 cm in length and it also blooms a white flower at the end of its spikey tubular edges. The root is smooth to the touch and not rough edged that breaks down into a starch when boiled in water. Sugar can preserve the root and it will enhance the sweetness of the root.

Most roots grow and nourish many floral plants that are beautiful and provide alternatives in medicine and sustenance, as well as beauty to a garden.

The Asparagus Root grows abundantly in Asia, China, Japan, and Korea. It is a survivor in sandy soil and where it receives direct sunlight.

The medicinal or alternative medicine of the Asparagus Root as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and a stimulant to calm nerves. This root is also used as a diuretic and antiseptic. It is commonly used in syrups for coughs and fever and helps people with Diabetes, Degenerative disease, Lupus, and Cancer the reason is it has been found to have anti-tumor functions when ingested. It is an herb used in curative medicine. It also acts as a detoxifying agent cleansing the lungs and kidneys. It is normally served in hot teas.

Some of the side effects could include insomnia, hysteria, and diarrhea. Consult with your physician on its use or ingestion.

Gravel Root

Gravel Root grows like a large purple hued weed. It also bears or blooms flowers that are rose pink in color. It is also known as “Joe Pye Weed” by ingenious Native Americans who employed the herb to cure typhus when the New Englanders landed on Plymouth Rock. The root is dried and has an aroma of apple. When it is totally dehydrated it is made into teas where it is employed to treat various ailments. Native tribes in North America introduced the root when the European settlers arrived and it was used as an herbal medicine. The Gravel Root is found and grown in North America and it grows abundantly in damp woodlands and meadows.

Some of the medicinal uses are as a diuretic, tonic, and astringent. When ingested orally as an herbal tea it employs the urinary system and digestive tract. The tonic is used by rubbing it onto the skin where it seeps through the pores into the bloodstream. It is especially useful in treating problems with the genitals, and is also used as an astringent. The buds are also used in the summer harvest to use whenever necessary. This root is very therapeutic for arthritis and pain victims.

Senega Root

Senega Root otherwise known as Senega Snakeroot is an herb that that grows in North America in or on forest lands, and was traditionally used or engaged by the Senega Indian tribes. They grow abundantly in North America with long leaves and flowery seed tubes that are white in color. It has a wintergreen tree leaf quality and aroma when dried and lit.

The root, plant, and herb was traditionally used and engaged by the Senega Indian tribes as an herbal remedy that cures rattlesnake bites and is used or was used to treat coughs and colds. Other medicinal uses include nursing and pregnant mothers, bleeding and wound treatments, respiratory ailments, bronchitis or bronchial ailments, pneumonia, and type ll Diabetes.

References

Retrieved from the Internet

http://www.herbs2000.com

http://www.merriam-webster.com (free dictionary online)

http://www.dictionary.reference.com/browse/Roots?s=t

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