The Plant Detective

Take It Easy with the Licorice Candygrams
8:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Licorice II: Resemblence to Anise Is Purely Intentional

November 30th & December 2nd, 2013: The root of the licorice shrub treats digestive problems, inflammation, ulcers, colds and many other ailments, but it creates problems when consumed in excess, raising blood pressure and causing electrolyte imbalances. American candy manufacturers substitute anise seed flavoring.

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Glycyrrhizic Acid's Sweet Benefits
8:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Licorice I: Never Mind the Spoonful of Sugar

November 23rd & 25th, 2013: Licorice is an important shrub around the world, treating many ailments. The chemicals contained in licorice are thought to decrease swelling, thin mucus secretions, decrease cough, and increase the chemicals in our body that heal ulcers.

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"Toothache Tree"
8:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Prickly Ash

November 16th & 18th, 2013: The leaves, bark (sans thorns), root bark and berries of Prickly Ash are medicinal, soothing sore throat and skin inflammation, increasing saliva, and improving blood flow and digestion. North Americans used it to numb toothache.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Henbane, Shakespeare's Little Helper

November 9th & 11th, 2013: Henbane is the source of the drug hyoscyamine, the alkaloid that put Juliet to sleep and poisoned Hamlet's father. In proper doses, it helps relieve gastrointestinal disorders, heart problems, and symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.

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a.k.a. Belladonna
10:11 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Deadly Nightshade

November 2nd & 4th, 2013: Belladonna, or deadly nightshade, is reputed to have poisoned Emperor Augustus, but in spite of its name, the scopolamine nightshade contains is medicinal, inducing sleep and calming motion sickness. http://www.floradelaterre.com/

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Datura: A "Witches' Weed"

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October 26th & 28th, 2013: Datura. Also known asĀ  jimsonweed and moonflower, datura is medicinal. In potentially fatal doses, it's hallucinogenic. Datura isn't safe for experimentation.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Autumn Crocus's Corms of Colchicine

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October 19th & 21st, 2013: Autumn Crocus blooms purple in fall, and its bulbs contain the powerful drug, colchicine, which relieves gout...with side effects. http://floradelaterre.com/

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Saw Palmetto II

Credit Anna Veltfort

October 12th & 14th, 2013: Saw Palmetto II: Extracts of the berries of saw palmetto are an effective remedy for mild to moderate Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, but its popularity is tough on the species. http://www.floradelaterre.com

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Saw Palmetto I

Credit Anna Veltfort

October 5th & 7th, 2013: Saw Palmetto I: Extracts of the berries of saw palmetto are an effective remedy for mild to moderate Benign Prostate Hyperplasia. http://www.floradelaterre.com

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Sylphion: Worth its Weight in Ancient Silver

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September 28th & 30th, 2013: Sylphion was so valuable to the ancient North African city of Cyrene - the only place where it grew - that the plant was pictured on the city's coins. People harvested sylphion to extinction for its medicinal and seasoning properties. http://www.floradelaterre.com

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