All About Blue Lotus

Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) might be the biggest liar on the planet. After all, it’s not actually a Lotus; it’s a lily! If you’ve heard “Egyptian blue lily,” “blue water lily,” or “sacred blue lily” tossed around in conversation, it’s the same thing. The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word […]

The secrets of Kava Kava

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Kava-Kava Kava (Piper methysticum ) is a plant that derives from the western pacific islands and is sold all over the world.  The roots are distributed in various forms such as powder, course root, or extracts/tinctures. The name is from Tongan and Marquesan; other names include ʻawa (Hawaiʻi), ʻava (Samoa), yaqona (Fiji), sakau (Pohnpei), and malok or malogu (parts of Vanuatu) […]

Peppermint Tea Health Benefits

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How Yohimbe Can Aid Weight Loss

Sure, yohimbe is natural aphrodisiac, but what about using yohimbe for weight loss? Two West African tribes, the Pygmies and the Bushmen, have also used the herb (known scientifically as pausinystalia yohimbe) for ages to do just that. After German missionaries to West Africa realized yohimbe was so beneficial — not just in the bedroom […]

Natural Ways to Quit Smoking: 13 Herbs to Help

Natural ways to quit smoking can be more attractive than a patch or nicotine gum. After all, they’ve been around much longer and lack the additives and strange ingredients pharmaceutical products often contain. Since tobacco’s from nature, it only makes sense that decent tobacco alternatives would be found in the wild too. Some people use […]

Natural Aphrodisiacs from Around the World

Everyone is interested in a natural aphrodisiac — even Oprah. Using nature’s gifts to improve your sex life sounds great, right? People around the globe agree and have been boosting sexual desire with ethnobotanicals from almost every continent. Some of the uses are stranger than others, though. Supposedly women used to rub powdered basil on their private parts in […]

Dreamy Ethnobotanicals: Herbs Some Use as Natural Sleep Aids

A good night’s rest is incredibly vital for staying healthy, energized, and alert. According to Harvard researchers, an ongoing lack of sleep contributes to heart disease and shorter lifespan. And as you may have heard, driving drowsy may be worse than driving drunk. But what if you can’t sleep? Thankfully, nature is home to abundant natural sleep aids that people […]

How to Relieve Menstrual Cramps with Ethnobotanicals

Image: Flickr If you’re intrigued by ancient uses for plants or how they fit into our culture today, guess what? You’re interested in ethnobotany! Ethnobotanicals, by extension, are the plants that are the subject of this study and folklore. Ethnobotanicals have been used for centuries for a variety of purposes: to elevate mood, calm the spirit, provide a […]

Ethnobotanicals and Improved Mental Acuity

There are many herbs and plants that have been used for a variety of purposes, including culinary and cultural. But others also have medicinal properties. Historically, certain ethnobotanicals were believed to make people smarter, improve memory, and reduce stress. We’ve listed several of these medicinal herbs below.   Ginkgo biloba Some people believe that the […]