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Peruvian Curative Herbs

Updated on May 9, 2014
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Peruvian Curative Herbs

Volume 6, Issue 8, May 9, 2014

The Peruvian jungles and landscape are one of the oldest pre-Columbian Meso-American, South American regions in the world that was the home of the Incan empire, before the Spanish Conquest. Many traditional and fascinating medical remedies, food, beauty products, and herbal remedies are produced by the Peruvian region.

The density and ever-changing temperatures that change as dramatically as the Peruvian landscape can go from heated and moist to dry and extremely cold. The Peruvian region is surrounded by differing landscapes with mountainous terrain to humid jungle landscapes. There are many stress relieving herbs that come from the Peruvian landscape like holy basil, motherwort, and skullcap, but they also serve another purpose and we will discuss it further.

Recalling the ancient jungles and the Machu Picchu pyramids, the new seven wonders, that where the storefronts to the Inca Empire, Cusco Empire, Mayan Empire, and Azteca Empires, including its surrounding regions. It engaged a diversity of colorful and expertly woven textiles and market to the world outside, it was also called the center of the universe, and generated a wild mix of conventions in its culture. The altitude of the regions of Peru vary in range to 20, 205 feet above sea level and it produces a number of flora species that are in approximation of 4,400, over 25,000 species of plants and trees.

The Incan Empire and Peruvian descendants are agricultural experts who took their agricultural environment very seriously as well as its astronomical observations.

Some of the best medicinal and herbal remedies come from the tropical rainforest of Peru and most are available without pesticides and are ethically wild-crafted. They are called, “Andean Herbs.” Some of the herbs that are only available from Peru are the Achiote Leaf, Agracej, and Abuta.

Camu Camu

Is a medicinal wonder that aids in Anti-Aging processes and it engages the neurological processes for the aging or elderly. It also boosts the immune system and is a powerful anti-oxidant.


Holy Basil

Holy basil is a basil plant that grows in bushels of thick green foliage and also is cultivated worldwide to flavor different cuisines of the world.

Some of the other common names of Holy Basil are:

  • Arjaka
  • Basil
  • Common Basil
  • French Basil
  • Garden Basil
  • Luole
  • Royal Herb
  • St. Josephwort
  • Sweet Basil
  • Tulsi

Each herb has its own unique characteristic and medicinal composition unique to itself. They have different chemical properties and remedial uses that are engaged in many different regions of the world. The Holy Basil plant is grown where there is much rainfall and could stand between 1 and 2 feet in height. It produces small white blooms of flowers and bears a purplish leaf.

Some of the medicinal uses and engagement are for nausea, parasites, worms, indigestion, anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraine, and whooping cough. It also is engaged for a number of skin disorders. Infusing this wonderful herb with Motherwort will aid a patient when they have cramps after pregnancy or childbirth.


Maca

This herb is cultivated in the high altitudes of the Andes Mountains about 8,000 to 14,500 feet above sea level. This particular herb plant is resilient to frost and extremely cold temperatures. The stem of the maca is a member of the mustard family. It has tiny disc-shaped leaves and bears tiny off-white flowers. It also bears a fruit that looks like rhubarb or radish that is about 8 cm across.

This Maca herb is also known by other names like:

  • Ayak Chichira
  • Ayuk Willku
  • Maca
  • Maca-Maca
  • Mace
  • Maka
  • Pepperweed
  • Peruvian Ginseng

Maca was part of the staple food for the Andean Indians because hardly any other plants or other crop grows in the Andes Mountains.

Some of the Maca’s medicinal uses are for the immune system where it stimulates the immune system and could be used for treatment of anemia, stomach cancer, tuberculosis, menopause, menstrual problems, neurological enhancements or memory conditions, hormone balancing, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Motherwort

Is indigenous of Europe but has been found in different parts of the world like Peru. It grows to a height of five feet and is a funny looking minty green leafy stemmed bush that has white bulb flowers shaped like round mounds on a stick, that come in hues of pink, white, or purple.

This herb also goes by a few different names such as:

  • Lion’s Ear
  • Lion’s Tail
  • Lion’s Tart
  • Motherwort

This herb has the medicinal properties to relieve stress and anxiety and it also acts as a stimulant in uterine muscles. It also aids the person who may have gone into shock.

Skullcap

This herb looks like a basil leaf with double-colored flowers of blue and lite purple. The root of this herb is fibrous and also used in remedial or alternate medicines.

This herb is also known by other names like:

  • Blue Pimpernel
  • Blue Skullcap
  • Helmet Flower
  • Hoodwort
  • Mad Dog
  • Madweed
  • Skullcap
  • Virginia Skullcap

This powerful herb is engaged in the uses of stress, insomnia, panic attacks, fatigue, depression, epilepsy, arthritis, schizophrenia, rabies, and snake bites.


References

Retrieved from the Internet

http://www.leslietaylor.net/herbal/herbal.htm

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http://jimersons.us/seneca.htm

http://www.herbs2000.com

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

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

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/seneca-tribe.htm

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