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What are the Properties and Uses of Alfalfa, Eucalyptus, Noni, Burdock and Hoodia Gordonii?

Updated on February 5, 2016

Medical uses and description of the Alfalfa

Family of the: Fabaceae
Scientific name: Medicago Sativa
Common name: Alfalfa
Where it grows?: It usually grows in the US, Middle East, Canada, France, Australia, New Zeeland in between other countries.


It resembles the clusters of clover grass and it has purple flowers. Its fruits that follow the flowers are seeds that come in groups of 10-20. This plant has long roots and thin stems and the seeds are the part of the plant used for medical issues.

The Alfalfa plant can grow up to be one meter in height, this however is not the limit of the plant, and the plant can grow up to be as large as 15 meters. The Alfafa plant lives from three to seven years on average, however depending on the conditions of the area in which the plant is located it can live up to 20 years. The conditions include the climate and immunity to diseases and plagues.

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Properties and Uses

The alfalfa plant possesses a large array of healing and culinary properties you may not know of. These are some of them: It has trace amounts of vitamin C, B and D and minerals like calcium and magnesium. The phytoestrogens are used to reduce inflammation during menstruation as well as when we are bitten by bugs.

Alfalfa sprouts, leaves and seeds are used to make medicine for kidney, bladder and prostate conditions. Also, this herb is used in the treatment of asthma, cholesterol, among other health conditions.

The plant is also used as foliage to feed cows, horses and other farm animals.

  • The plant is great for feeding cattle
  • The plant is also a great dietary fiber porter, a great porter of protein and grain.

The Alfalfa plant is a considerably useful plant for bowel movement and another dozen other uses as a foliage and medical plant.

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The Eucalyptus, favorite koala’s meal and its medicinal uses

Family of the: Myrtaceae
Common name: Eucalyptus
Scientific name: Eucalyptus Obliqua
Where it grows: original of Australia and introduced in countries worldwide.


The eucalyptus tree grows in a variety of four sizes. The small eucalyptus tree can grow to be up to ten meters in height. The tallest on the other hand can grow up to be sixty meters in height.

The eucalyptus is one of the tallest angiosperms around and it is recognized by its bark. Whenever there is a crack in the bark the tree releases a sap to seal up the crack. The leaves are evergreen and are known to release oil that is extracted for medical and cleaning purposes. Its flowers have numerous stamens that can be white, pink, red, cream and peach colored. Some eucalyptus trees are recognized for shedding their bark leaving exposed a smooth surface and in some species a very unique color.

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Properties and Uses

Eucalyptus oil and some of the eucalyptus' produces are known to have painkilling properties. The oil also anti inflammatory properties and can be found in some forms of dental care.

This plant is known worldwide for being the Koala’s bear favorite meal. The plant is used to make a variety of things including honey, oils, musical instruments and dyes. The oil extracted from the plant is used to help patients gain relief of fevers and coughs. The resulting syrup can be bought without being prescribed.

Noni Aiding You and Your Health

Family of the: Rubiaceae
Common name of the fruit: Noni
Scientific name of the fruit: Morinda Citrifolia
Where it grows: Hawaii, India, Philippines, Barbados, Indonesia and Malaysia… However it has been introduced in other countries and it is produced worldwide.


The plant grows up to 9 meters high and it has moderately large leaves. The noni plant bears fruit and flowers all year. It can be found in forests and sea shores and even in volcanic areas. It bears a greenish fruit that turns white when ripe. It is famous for having an unpleasant rotten smell when ripe. The flowers of the noni plant are white infused with a greenish center.

From my Garden
From my Garden

Properties and Uses

It has high levels of potassium, it also has painkilling properties and can supposedly heal a myriad of ailments such as: infections, ulcers, colds, asthma...

This fruit can be used to eat despite its horrid smell and bad taste. The trees bark and roots can be used to make dyes. Regardless its awful smell and bitter taste the noni is extremely nutritive, containing a variety of vitamins, calcium, sodium and iron. It has been used to treat all sorts of stomach ailments, menstrual cramps and infections in the urinary tract.

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Hoodia Gordonii the Stinky Plant that Work Miracles

Family of the: Apocynaceae
Common name: Hoodia Gordonii
Scientific name: Hoodia Gordonii
Where the Hoodia Gordonii grows: The plant is indigenous to the South African region and the country of Namibia.


The plant is succulent stemmed, in other words it has a fleshy inside that might as well be composed of a liquid or gelatinous substance. The plant has a kaki creamy brown color and a smell that is unpleasant to most people. It can grow up to be a meter in height and it has been protected since it is on the verge of becoming extinct.

The Hoodia Gordonii has the features of a cactus however these are not related in any way.

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Properties and Uses

Information on the properties and the safety of this plant is scarce due to the lack of an evaluation from the FDA on the plant.

The plant has been used as an appetite suppressor, for indigestion, small infections, and to suppress gastric acids. In extreme condition people in South African deserts use the plant to suppress their hunger and thirst. The plant is on the verge of extinction and it has been protected by international agents that monitor the exportation of the plant which has to be done carefully and documented to the dot.

The Burdock Thistle the Natural Velcro

Family of the: Asteraceae
Common name: Burdock
Scientific name: Articus: Lapa, Pubens, Minus, Tomentosum and Minus Nemerosum are species of the plant available; being the Articus Lapa is the species of the plant that is used the most.
Where it grows: The plant has been introduced in places worldwide. The plant was native of the old world. In other words all the land that did not include America Australia and the Oceanic islands.


The burdock thistle plant is known for inspiring the creation of Velcro because of how it stuck on to clothing. The plant has large leaves that can grow to be up to 28 inches big and it can grow up to be 3 to 4 feet in height.

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Properties and Uses

The Burdock thistle and plant have diuretic properties and can reduce inflammation if applied externally.

The plant can be used in the cuisine and as a medicinal herb. In medicine the plant is used to help cleanse the body. It aids people that may have urinating or sweating trouble and it also helps mothers that are breastfeeding to lactate better.

Other medical uses of the plant are the oil extracted which is applied on the scalp for hair loss treatment. In the cuisine the plants roots are used to make a variety of dishes since it is categorized as a vegetable it can practically be served with almost anything.

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      Milady González 2 years ago

      Hi Poetryman6969

      Thank you for your comment. :)

      Can't imagine that either. I think that as most of the great discoveries, it could have been by accident. Think about the first person that ate an egg - Experimenting? Burdock sounds harsh but it is also good for us as is everything provided by nature.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I always wonder how the first person to consume something like noni got past the smell and the taste!

      It's good to know that burdock, which sounds annoying can be nonetheless be useful.

      Voted up and useful.