Herb Of The Day: Arnica Montana

Arnica has long been a popular homeopathic remedy for sprains, bruises, and heart problems in Europe, especially in Germany. The German poet, dramatist, and novelist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was known to have drunk arnica tea to relieve his angina; arnica is still widely used in Germany for heart conditions. Despite a large body of anecdotal evidence, however, many claims made for arnica’s healing properties have not been supported by scientific research. In 1981, German scientists identified an active ingredient in the herb called helenalin. […]

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Herb Of The Day: Angelica Archangelica (Angel Herb)

Angelica is an ancient herb widely praised and used by the practitioners of both pagan and later Christian religions in northern Europe and England. It was thought to have magical or angelic powers to protect against evil and contagions of all kinds. During the Anglo-Saxon period in England, angelica was used in pagan rituals and worn for protection against evil spirits and spells cast by witches and wizards. Throughout northern Europe, it was praised in folklore as an herb that could strengthen and inspire–as well as […]

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