Category Archives: Herbs

Sage (Salvia): Medicinal Plant

Sage (Salvia) is a group of plants belonging to the Lamiaceae or mint family of. The plants are mostly aromatic on account of the presence of a characteristic essential oil. The most commonly known species of sage is perhaps Salvia … Continue reading

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Salvia (Sage) Plants: Anxiety Treatments?

Salvia (sage) plants are a perennial plant that belongs to the Lamiaceae or mint family of plants. The most well known of these plants is possibly Salvia officinalis, which is also called common sage or garden sage. Salvia plants tend … Continue reading

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Lippia Plants: Anti-anxiety herb

Lippia refers to a Genus (group) of flowering plants from the Verbenaceae (vervain or verbena) family. The Genus contains between 200 and 400 different species and these are characterised by their fragrant aroma, which is due to the presence of … Continue reading

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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): Human Studies on Anxiety

The prevalence of anxiety or anxiety related disorders has been reported to be as high as 30 % in the United States. Estimates suggest the prevalence is at similar levels in other Western countries. The high prevalence of anxiety has … Continue reading

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How Do They Assess Depression in Animals

Many herbs and nutrients have been shown to have beneficial effects against depression. In order to assess the effects of a herb or nutrient on depression, it is often first necessary to test in on animals models of depression. Putting … Continue reading

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Rosmarinic Acid: Mood Elevating Phytochemical

Rosmarinic acid is a phytochemical with important medicinal properties. Rosmarinic acid is an ester derivative of the hydroxycinnamic acid, caffeic acid. Rosmarinic acid is found in a large number of herbs and spices including rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), basil (Ocimum basilicum), … Continue reading

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Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna): Liver Protective Herb

Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) is a tree that belongs to the Combretaceae family of plants. Arjuna is usually found growing along river beds and can reach heights of around 25 meters. Arjuna is native to Asian countries including Bangladesh and India … Continue reading

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Kasani (Cichorium intybus): More Evidence of Liver Protection

Kasani (Cichorium intybus), also known as chicory, is a perenial heraceous plant that contains a number of important phytochemical groups that show medicianl properties. Theses include sesquiterpene lactones (including lactucin, lactucopicrin, 8-desoxy lactucin, guaianolid glycosides, including chicoroisides B and C … Continue reading

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Himsra: Liver Protective Herb (More Evidence)

Himsra (Capparis sepiaria) is a herb that has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic, Unani and Chinese medicine. Himsra has a number of physiological effects that relate to its antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory activity. These properties give the herb a beneficial … Continue reading

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Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus): Anxiolytic, Antidepressant and Sedative Herb

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a perennial herb that is also sometimes called cymbopogon, barbed wire grass, silky heads, fever grass and citronella grass. Lemon grass belongs to the grass family of plants. Structurally, lemongrass has long leaves up to a … Continue reading

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