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Fruits of the Healing Garden
Throughout history people gathered what was grown around them not only for food but for medicine. They would eat what was in season which helps to keep the body in balance. In today's global market we have diversity like never before though finding what grows local without pesticides and chemical fertilizers would be the best option. We are also blessed with today's innovative ways to grow some of our own food using containers, raised beds, pouches and hanging gardens to name a few.

We've gathered some of the most common fruit and vegetables that have medicinal qualities as well as vitamins and minerals for overall health. We hope you'll find this helpuful and invite you to visit this website often as we are continuing to add information that will help you along your healing journey.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."~ Hippocrates

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Acai (Euterpe oleracea)
Acai
Traditionally, the Acai root is the only part of the plant that has been used medicinally as an astringent and blood cleanser. It has been tried as a treatment for anemia, diabetes, diarrhoea, fever, kidney problems, hair loss, hemorrhages, hepatitis, jaundice, liver disease, malaria, menstrual and muscle pain, parasites, and ulcers.

It has also been used to treat osteoarthritis, sexual disfunction in men as well as an anti-aging agent.

The berries contain antioxidant chemicals in greater quantity than most, if not all, other berries. However these chemicals are not stable and rapidly decay.

It is used to treat high cholesterol and obesity and as a general detoxifier, which promotes good health.
Acerola (Malpighia glabra)
Acerola
The fruit is a very rich source of vitamin C, and also contains vitamin A, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine as well as iron, calcium and magnesium trace minerals and is commonly used by atheletes for improving endurance.

It is used to treat vitamin C deficiency and to prevent scurvy. It can be used as a heart disease preventative and to treat depression, atherosclerosis, blood clots, and cancer.

It has been used to treat the common cold, hay fever, pressure sores, retinal hemorrhaging, tooth and gum infections as well as collagen problems.

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American grape: North American species (Vitis labrusca)
American Grape
A compound made from the mash is antibiotic and antifungal and is used to treat thrush and gastric conditions.

A tea made from the leaves is used to treat liver problems and as a blood cleanser. and a tea made from the bark of the plant can be taken to relieve urinary and stomach problems.

A poultice made from the leaves can be used to treat headache, muscle, joint and other pains or reduce fever.

Resveratrol is the substance, present in red wine, that researchers believe is responsible for the low rate of heart problems in France. According to the PubMed database, one study showed that the American Grape is even better than its European counterpart. "The organic leaves extract showed about 10 times more resveratrol than the conventional one".

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American Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
Custard Apple
The American pawpaw is a vile smelling plant that is also a natural insecticide. Its bark, leaf, and seed are used to treat fever, vomiting, and pain and inflammation of the mouth and throat.

It has chemicals that are thought be effective against certain types of lung, prostate and breast cancers.

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American Red Elderberry (Sambucus pubens)
American Red Elderberry
The flower and ripe fruit of the American elder is high in vitamin C and used to treat asthma, bronchitis, colds, coughs, and sore throats, headache, neuralgia, rheumatism, toothache, and inflammation.

Other uses include the treatment of bruises, cancer, intestinal gas, epilepsy, fever, gout, psoriasis, sores, syphilis, and fluid retention due to a weak heart.

It has also been used as an emetic, laxitive or diuretic and to help sweat out a fever or to promote good health and can be used as an eyewash, mouthwash, or poultice.

Do not confuse this with Black Elderberry.

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American Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
American Red Raspberry
American Red Raspberry is high in vitamin C and is a known antioxidant. The oil extracted from the leaf of the plant is used to treat gastric, respiratory and circulatory system disorders as well as fever, diabetes, and vitamin deficiency. It is also used to promote bile production, sweating and urination.

It has also been used to relieve painful and or heavy periods and morning sickness. It is used to help prevent miscarriages, and for easing labor and delivery trauma.

The oil can be applied directly to the skin for sore throat and skin rash.

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Apple and Crabapple (Malus)
Apple
The fruit of the Apple tree is a good source of vitamins A, C and B6. It also contains many trace minerals, especially calcium, iron and magnesium.

Apples are used to treat dysentery, diarrhoea, constipation and gallstones.

They are also used to as a lung cancer preventative as well as for treating diabetes, fever, heart problems, warts, scurvy and as a cleanser.

Apples are antibacterial in nature and they contain pectin, which used in jam making. The peel contains ursolic acid, which is believed to play a role in building muscle mass and a healthy metabolism.

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Apricot (Prunus armeniaca or Armeniaca vulgaris)
Apricot
The fruit of the Apricot tree is a good source of vitamins A, C and B6. It also contains many trace minerals, especially calcium, iron and magnesium.

It has been used to treat asthma, bleeding, cough, constipation, infertility, eye inflammation, muscle spasms, and even vaginal infections.

An extract from the kernel was used to treat cancer but it was found that the cyanide, thought to be produced by the cancer cell and would thus kill it, instead was manufactured in the stomach with serious consequences for the patient.

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Avocado (Persea americana)
Avocado
The fruit of the Avocado tree is a good source of potassium and vitamins C, and B6. It may also contain Vitamins A, D and or E as well as many trace elements such as copper, iron and magnesium, depending on the area where grown.

The fruit is used to lower cholesterol levels, as an aphrodisiac, and to increase menstrual flow.

The oil is applied directly to the skin to soothe and heal skin problems and to treat caluses, gum infections, and arthritis.

The fruit pulp is used topically to promote hair growth and speed wound healing. The seeds, leaves, and bark are used to treat dysentery and diarrhoea and to relieve toothache.

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Banana (Musa acuminata colla)
Banana
The Banana has been said to be an ideal food. It is rich in Vitamin C and B6 with a small amount of vitamin A. It also contains the trace minerals potassium, magnesium, manganese, sodium and iron as well as folate, riboflavin and niacin. It has a high dietary fibre content and it is cholesterol free.

They are used to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke as well as lowering the risk of heart disease.

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Bearberry, Uva Ursi (Arbutus uva-ursi)
Bearberry, Uva Ursi
Bearberry comes from the Latin "Uva ursi" which literally means "Bear Grape". It is mainly used for urinary tract disorders such as kidney and bladder infections. The antibacterial properties reduce inflammation of the urinary tract thereby easing painful urination resulting in increased flow. This helps eliminate severely acidic urine more rapidly and promotes recovery.

It is also used to treat constipation and its astringint properties can help ease bronchitis.

Bearberry is sometimes called Mountain Cranberry. Do not confuse Uva Ursi with Cranberry.
Bilberry, Whortleberry (Vaccinium Myrtillus), (Vaccinium spp.)
Bilberry
It's a strong antioxidant that benefits the circulatory system, eyes, heart and brain, and helps generate overall good health. Bilberry fruit contains a type of flavonoid called anthocyanosides, which are responsible for increasing flexibility of capillaries and increasing blood flow.

The extract can enlarge the range of vision and improve the sharpness of images, thus reducing blurred vision, eyestrain and nearsightedness. Bilberry extract also helps strengthen coronary arteries and helps prevent atherosclerosis and venous insufficiency, which causes swollen ankles and feet.

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Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Black Cherry
The bark of the Black or Wild Cherry plant is used to treat respiratory problems including the common colds whooping cough, bronchitis and other lung problems.

It has mild analgesic, anti-inflamitory and astringent properties and has been used to treat a range of problems including gastric disorders, diarrhoea, gout, pain and cancer. It is also commonly found in in cough syrups.

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Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
Black Elderberry
The berry is used to treat multiple strains of the influenza virus, HIV/AIDS, and boosting the immune system. It is also used to treat the painful symptoms of sinus, sciatica, neuralgia, and chronic fatigue.

Other uses include treatments for hay fever, cancer, as a laxative and diuretic, and to promote sweating.

Do not confuse this with American Red Elderberry.
Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis or Rubus leucodermis)
Black Raspberry
The Black raspberry fruit and leaf, is used to treat stomach pain and bleeding and as a cancer preventative.

An extract has been proven effective in laboritory tests by killing leukemia and lymphoma cells without damaging other tissue. This, if it becomes commercially available, would overcome the major drawback of traditional chemotherapy, which does not distinguish between normal and cancerous cells.
Black Mulberry (Morus nigra)
Black Mulberry
The fruit of the Black Mulberry is used as a laxative and to treat nasal drip. A decoction made from the bark has been used to expel tape worms.

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Black Sapote (Diospyros digyna)
Black Sapote
The extracts and decoctions are mainly used to treat skin conditions such as leprosy, ringworm and rashes and itching. The bark and leaves can also be used together as a poultice.

Due to its astringent properties it has also been used as a diuretic.
Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus)
Blackberry
Blackberry contains high levels of antioxidants and is used to treat diabetes, gout, and pain and inflammation and for preventing cancer and heart disease.

It is also a diuretic and used to treat fluid retention by encouraging urine collection and flow.

As a very mild anti-bacterial it can also be gargled to relieve throat irritation or taken internally to treat diarrhoea.

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Blueberry (Vaccinium altomontanum)
Blueberry
The Blueberry is a good source of vitamins A, C and B6. It also contains many trace minerals, especially potassium, iron and magnesium and other antioxidants.

It is used for treating ulcers, urinary issues, multiple sclerosis, atigue, colic, fever, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids. It is also used for for preventing cataracts and glaucoma and improving circulation, and as a laxative.

It has been used for the relief of labor pains and as a general health tonic after birthing and miscarriage.

The dried fruit and leaves are used to treat the symptoms of diarrhoea and a tea made from the dried leaves is used to reduce inflammation of the mouth and throat. An inhalation of the smoke from burning the dried blooms was thought to aid in the treatment of mental disorders.

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Boysenberry (Rubus ursinus)
Boysenberry
Boysenberry contains high levels of antioxidants and is used to treat diabetes, gout, and pain and inflammation and for preventing cancer and heart disease.

It is also a diuretic and used to treat fluid retention by encouraging urine collection and flow.

As a very mild anti-bacterial it can also be gargled to relieve throat irritation or taken internally to treat diarrhoea.

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Broad-leaf Bramble (Rubus moluccanus)
Broad-leaf Bramble
An extract of the Broad-leaf Bramble leaves has been used to aid miscarriage or to stimulate menstruation. Due to its astringent properties it has also been used as a diuretic.

Apart fron the nurishment in the fruit, it has been widely used as remedy for bed-wetting.
Buffaloberry (Shepherdia argentea)
Buffaloberry
All parts of the buffaloberry plant have been used to treat injury and disease, among other indigenous uses.

It was used as a treatment for constipation, tuberculosis, venereal diseases, gastric problems, fevers, sore eyes, stomach cancer, gallstones, toothaches, headaches, and as a gynecological aid.

A compound was used as a poltice to treat acne, boils, cuts and mosquito bites as well as to reduce the swelling of arthritic joints and broken bones.

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Calabash (Lagenaria siceraria)
Calabash
It has been used to treat patients with migrains headaches, hypertension and anxiety related illnesses as well as those with digestive problems including diarrhoea and as a laxative or diuretic. It is also usedas a treatment for obesity.

People also use it as a refreshing drink or to boost the immune system and it is taken by diabetics to relieve their symptoms. Other uses include a decocotion made from the leaves to treat liver problems such as jaundice

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Carob (Ceratonia siliqua)
Carob
It is used to treat gastric issues such as heartburn and diarrhoea, among other conditions. It is used to treat celiac and sprue diseases by helping the intestine to absorb nutrients from food.

Other uses for carob include the treatment of obesity, morning sickness and high cholesterol.

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Charichuelo, Lemon Drop Mangosteen (Garcinia intermedia)
Charichuelo
It has been used to treat coughs, colds and influenza as well as providing a boot for the immune system. It has also been used to treat obesity and high choletsterol.

It also helps to provide protection against stroke and coronary heart disease.

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Chayote (Sechium edule)
Chayote64
It has been used to treat kidney stones and other kidney problems as well as arteriosclerosis. It has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the heart rate, possibly by expanding the circulatory system vessels rather than by any direct cardiac effect.

Other uses include its use as a diuretic.

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Cherimoya, Graviola (Annona cherimola)
Cherimoya
Cherimoya, also known as Graviola, is used to treat infections caused by bacteria and parasites transmitted through the bite of sand fleas, herpes, coughs, colds, influenza and cancer. It is also used to cause vomiting and to empty the bowels.

Graviola can be directly applied to the skin for arthritis.

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Cherry (Prunus avium)
Cherry
The Cherry is high in Vitamin C and also contains vitamins A, K, B6, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid and Choline. It also contains the trace minerals Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese as well as Omega-3 and Omega-6 in nearly equal quantities.

It is used to prevent cancer and diseases of the heart and blood vessels. It is also used to treat osteoarthritis and gout.

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Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
Chokeberry
The Chokeberry is extremely high in vitamin C, even moreso than black currants. It is used as a preventative against heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections.

It has also been used to treat coughs, colds and influenza, among other things, however the berry is not generally eaten due to its astringent taste and therefore its benefits have largely been overlooked.

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Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
Chokecherry
It has been used to treat fevers, coughs, colds and laryngitis or as a wash for burns, old sores and ulcers and externally in the treatment of wounds.

It has also been used to stimulate the appetite and to treat stomach and bowel problems.

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Citron (Citrus medica)
Citron
The Citron is a Lemon and it's extremely high in Vitamin C and also contains vitamins B6, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin and Pantothenic Acid. It also contains the trace minerals Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc and Copper as well as Omega-3 and Omega-6 in about a 1.0:2.3 ratio.

It is used to prevent cancer and diseases of the heart and blood vessels. It is also used to treat osteoarthritis and gout.

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Clementine (Citrus reticulata var. clementine)
Clementine
The Clementine is very high in Vitamin C and also contains vitamins E, B6, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Choline and Betaine. It also contains the trace minerals Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese.

It is primarily used as an excellent source of vitamin C, which improves circulation and boosts the immune system. It is also used to combat, scurvy, depression and insomnia. Other uses include treating bloat and as an aid for digestion.

It is also used for the common cold and flu, tinnitus, Meniere's disease, and kidney stones, to reduce pain and inflammation, and increase urination to reduce fluid retention.

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Cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus)
Cloudberry
A decoction of the root has been used to relieve painful and or heavy periods and morning sickness. It was also used to aid fertility, to help prevent miscarriages and for easing labor and delivery trauma.

The root has also been used in the treatment of coughs, colds, influenza and fever.

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Coconut (Cocos nucifera)
Coconut
Coconut oil is used for diabetes, heart disease, fatigue, Crohn's, irritable bowel, Alzheimer's, thyroid issues, energy, and boosting the immune system. It can also be used as part of a weight loss programme and to lower cholesterol.

Coconut oil can be applied to the skin to treat psoriasis or as a moisturizer.

Coconut water is commonly used as a treatment for dehydration related to diarrhoea or exercise. It has also been tried as a treatment for high blood pressure.

A saturated fat called Lauric acid is is used for treating viral infections such as influenza, colds, cold sores, fever blisters and genital herpes, genital warts and HIV/AIDS. It is also used for preventing the transmission of HIV from mothers to children.

It is also offered as a treatment for bronchitis, gonorrhea, yeast infections, chlamydia, Giardia, and ringworm.

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Coffee (Coffea arabica)
Coffee
People drink coffee to relieve mental and physical fatigue and to increase mental alertness. It is also used to prevent gastrointestinal, lung and breast cancers, Parkinson's disease, gallstones and type 2 diabetes.

Other uses include treatment of headache, low blood pressure, obesity, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.

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Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
Cranberry
Cranberry is primarily used for prevention of urinary tract infections but it has proven ineffective against any infection. It does, however, have a significant amout of salicylic acid which can help reduce inflamation anywhere in the body.

It is also used to increase urine flow, kill bacteria, speed wound healing, and reduce fever.

It has also been tried for treating type 2 diabetes, fatigue, scurvy, pleurisy and cancer.

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Currant (Ribes nigrum)
Currant
The seed oil is used for treating symptoms of menopause, premenstrual syndrome, painful periods, and breast tenderness. It is also used for boosting immunity.

The berry is used for coughs and Alzheimer's disease.

The leaf can be applied directly to the skin for treating insect bites as well as cuts and scratches.

Black currant dried leaf is used for arthritis and rheumatism, coughs, colds, and whooping cough, gout, diarrhoea, colic, hepatitis, convulsions, many urinary disorders and throat or mouth inflammation.

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Custard Apple (Annona reticulata)
Custard Apple
The Custard Apple also known as the American Pawpaw is a vile smelling plant that is also a natural insecticide. Its bark, leaf, and seed are used to treat fever, vomiting, and pain and inflammation of the mouth and throat.

It has chemicals that are thought to be effective against certain types of lung, prostate and breast cancers.

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Damson Plum (Prunus domestica subsp. insititia)
The fruit is used to treat obesity and lower cholesterol, heart rate and blood pressure, which is a preventative for stroke and coronary heart diseases. It also used as a blood cleanser and it helps with blood coagulation.

It is also used to support healthy vision, particularly retinal problems in aging patients and may have UV filtering properties as well as being an effective laxative due it its high fibre content.

Other uses include providing a boost to the imune system and may help slow down Alzheimer's disease as well as assisting with carbohydrate, protein, and fat processing.

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Date (Phoenix dactylifera)
It is used to lower cholesterol, heart rate and blood pressure as well as acting as a blood cleanser and it helps with bloode coagulation. It is also used to treat obesity and it is also an effective laxative.

It supports healthy vision, particularly retinal problems in aging patients and helps prevent mouth, colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.

Other uses include strengthening teeth and bones as well as assisting with carbohydrate, protein, and fat processing.

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Dewberry (Rubus canadensis)
Dewberry contains high levels of antioxidants and is used to treat diabetes, gout, and pain and inflammation and for preventing cancer and heart disease.

It is also a diuretic and used to treat fluid retention by encouraging urine collection and flow.

As a very mild anti-bacterial it can also be gargled to relieve throat irritation or taken internally to treat diarrhoea.

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Dragon Fruit, Pitaya (Hylocereus spp.)
It is used to treat type 2 diabetes, to treat obesity and as a cancer preventative. It is also used to provide a boost to the imune system as well as aiding in food absorbtion in the gut.

It is also thought that it promotes the growth of probiotics as well as providing some protection against heart diseases.

Other uses include treating minor wounds, cuts ans scrapes to speed healing and to increase the appetite. It may also help with vision problems and it was even tried in memory enhancement programmes.

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European Grape (Vitis vinifera)
The fruit is used to help prevent blood vessel problems including atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, heart attack, hemorrhoids, inflamation following injury and surgery, stroke and varicose veins. It has also been used as a laxative and as a part of a detoxification programme.

The seed can be used to help with nerve damage resulting from diabetes, liver disorders, hay fever and for preventing tooth decay and preventing cancer. It is also used to speed up the wound healing process and to help with degenerative eye problems including age related conditions and poor night vision.

The leaves are used to reduce heavy menstrual or uterine bleeding and to reduce fatigue or control diarrhoea. A poltice or an oil extract made from the leaves has been used to treat canker sores.

The dried fruit, raisins (from red grapes), or sultanas (from white grapes) is used for cough.

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Fig (Ficus carica)
It is used to control heart rate, to treat high cholesterol and to lower blood pressure as well as to help lower blood sugar levels and control blood-glucose levels in type-II diabetes, a laxative and as an imune system booster.

They are also used as protection from cancers, degenerative diseases and infections and they also have been used to help the body metabolise carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

It has also been used to treat eczema, psoriasis, and vitiligo. In addition, the sap can be applied directly to the skin to treat skin tumors and warts.

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Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa )
It has been used to treat lung and mouth cancers. It may also help prevent cardiovascular disorders, cancer, and gastric diseases.

It may also help in the treatment of inflammation and degenerative and neurological diseases and ocular health as well as protect genomic DNA integrity. Other uses include acting as an imune system booster.

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Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
It is used to treat atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, cancer, psoriasis, weight loss and obesity as well as treating or fortifying the body against the common cold and influenza.

An extract can be taken by mouth to treat bacterial, viral, fungal and yeast infections including as a vaginal douche to treat candida infections. It is also useful as a treatment for minor oral infections or as a mouthwash, nasal rinse and breath freshener.

The oil can be applied directly to the skin for muscle fatigue, hair growth, as a facial cleanser, skin toner or as a treatment for acne and oily skin.

Other uses include inhaling the vapours as a treatment for headache, stress or depression and to slow down dehydration as well as treating lung infections.

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Guava (Psidium guajava)
It is used to treat colic, diarrhea, diabetes, cough, cataracts, high cholesterol, heart disease, and cancer. It also helps to control heart rate and blood pressure. It is also used to prevent oral diseases as well as helping to maintain healthy skin, blood vessels, body organs and bones.

It has also been used as a laxative and is and anti-aging agent as well as an imune system booster.

Researchers think that it may help to prevent skin, colon and prostate cancer.

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Hackberry, Sugarberry (Celtis laevigata)
A decoction of the bard was used to treat sore throats and to regulate menstruation. When mixed with powdered shells (Calcium) it was used to treat venereal disease.

It was also used to help with urinary tract problems by preventing the formation of crysataline salts that lead to kidney stones as well as in the treatment of jaundice.

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Hawthorn (Crataegus and Rhaphiolepis)
The berries are used for the heart because it aids the heart's pumping action by opening the coronary arteries to nourish the heart muscle. It can also slow a rapid heart rate and strengthen a failing heart.

It takes at least six months for Hawthorn to work so it should be taken regularly over a long period to ensure that you get the result required.

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Huckleberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
It's a strong antioxidant that benefits the circulatory system, eyes, heart and brain, and helps generate overall good health. The fruit contains a type of flavonoid called anthocyanosides, which are responsible for increasing flexibility of capillaries and increasing blood flow.

The extract can enlarge the range of vision and improve the sharpness of images, thus reducing blurred vision, eyestrain and nearsightedness. An extract also helps strengthen coronary arteries and helps prevent atherosclerosis and venous insufficiency, which causes swollen ankles and feet.

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Huito, Genipap (Genipa americana)
The proven antibiotic properties of all parts of the plant are used in treatments for a broad range of conditions. A decoction of the bark was used to treat colds and throat infections, to regulate menstruation and as an eyewash. When mixed with powdered shells (Calcium) it was used to treat venereal disease. It was also used to help with urinary tract problems by preventing the formation of salts that lead to kidney stones as well as in the treatment of jaundice.

It has been used as a treatment for inflammation problems including rheumatism, breathing disorders such as asthema, itchiness as well as a mild anesthetic and insect repellant. It has also been used to treat liver diseases such as jaundice aa well as stomach and kidney complaints as an emetic, a diuretic, a laxative or to expel worm infestations, depending on the decoction. Because of the great many chemical compounds that researchers have identified, it may also have role in the treatment of cancers.

Other uses include consumption as an imune system booster and it is given to help reduce fevers.

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Ilama (Annona diversifolia)
It is widely used to treat spasmodic and arthritic pain and other ailments. It may also useful in a dieting programme.

Research has identified an anti-epileptic agent that far exceeds some modern drugs in efficacy but only 4 times less than Diazipam.

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Jujube (Ziziphus zizyphus)
It is used as a preventative for liver diseases and stomach issues including indigestion, ulcerations and diarrhea and as well as to improve the appetite. It is also used as a sedative or as a calming agent to treat irritability, fatigue, hysteria, and to help with sleeping problems.

It is also used thgerapeutically for body building and in anti-aging compounds as well as medically to counter vascular problems including high blood pressure, palpitations and anemia. Other uses include the use of extracts to treat asthma, minor wounds, inflammation, and eye diseases and it also helps to reduce fevers.

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Kaffir Lime (Citrus hystix)
It is used to to treat influenza, cough, colic and dyspepsia, as an insecticide and as a shampoo and to boost imunity. It is used to increase the rate of contracxtons and shorten labour time but it may also cause a miscarriage if taken during pregnancy.

Researchers think it may help stabilize the immune system for cancer patients and it may help counter the side effects of some cancer drugs.

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Key Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
It is used to treat colds and throat infections, to regulate menstruation and control abnormal uterine and nasal bleeds and as an eyewash. It was also used to help with urinary tract problems by preventing the formation of salts that lead to kidney stones as well as in the treatment of jaundice.

It has been used as a treatment for venereal disease, rheumatism, asthema, itchiness, as a mild anesthetic and insect repellant. It has also been used to treat liver diseases such as jaundice aa well as stomach and kidney complaints as an emetic, a diuretic, a laxative or to expel worm infestations, depending on the decoction.

Other uses include the control of disease and virally induced fevers as well as diabetes and atherosclerosis and also as a general tonic to boost the imune sytem, increase stamina and to help relieve insomnia as well as lifting libido. It is also an antidote for some poisons. It can also be used as a facial cleanser to rejuvenate skin and remove purpura.

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Kiwifruit (Actinida spp.)
It is a blood thinner, which helps prevent clots and lowers the risk of stroke and heart attacks. It is also used to counter osteoarthritic conditions as well as delaying the progress of Alzheimer's disease/

Other uses include consumption as an imune system booster and it is also used to help reduce cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.

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Lemon (Citrus limon)
It is used to treat scurvy as well as the common cold and influenza, tinnitus, Meniere's disease, and kidney stones. It is also used to aid digestion, reduce pain and inflammation, improve the function of blood vessels, and as a diuretic to reduce fluid retention.

It has also been shown to aid the reduction of risk for many cancers as well as chronic diseases such as arthritis, obesity and coronary heart diseases.

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Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
It is used to treat colds and throat infections, to regulate menstruation and control abnormal uterine and nasal bleeds and as an eyewash. It was also used to help with urinary tract problems by preventing the formation of salts that lead to kidney stones as well as in the treatment of jaundice.

It has been used as a treatment for venereal disease, rheumatism, asthema, itchiness, as a mild anesthetic and insect repellant. It has also been used to treat liver diseases such as jaundice as well as stomach and kidney complaints as an emetic, a diuretic, a laxative or to expel worm infestations, depending on the decoction.

Other uses include the control of disease and virally induced fevers as well as diabetes and atherosclerosis and also as a general tonic to boost the imune sytem, increase stamina and to help relieve insomnia as well as lifting libido. It is also an antidote for some poisons. It can also be used as a facial cleanser to rejuvenate skin and remove purpura.

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Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea)
Preparations made from the leaves have been used to treat bladder problems, gout, and rheumatism. It is also used to enhance the imune system.

Fruit jellies are also used to treat sore throats and colds.

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Loganberry (Rubus loganobaccus)
Loganberry contains high levels of antioxidants and is used to treat diabetes, gout, and pain and inflammation and for preventing cancer and heart disease.

It is also a diuretic and used to treat fluid retention by encouraging urine collection and flow.

As a very mild anti-bacterial it can also be gargled to relieve throat irritation or taken internally to treat diarrhoea.

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Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica)
It is used to protect against oral, colon,leukemia cancers as well as to help control the heart rate and blood pressure and reduce the chances of stroke.

It is also a good source of vitamin A, which is essential for healthy vision as well as for supporting healthy skin and the high level of calcium supports healthy bones.

It is also used for enhancing the immune system and improving mental health and as a laxative.

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Lucuma (Pouteria lucuma)
It has been used to aid digestion, as an anti-inflammatory and as a treatment for mild fatigue.

It is also used to enhance the immune system and recently has been shown to significantly speed up skin growth resulting from wounds as well as to support healthy skin.

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Lychee (Litchi chinensis)
It is used to help control the heart rate and blood pressure and reduce the chances of stroke. It is also used to support the imune system and reduce inflamation.

According to researchers it may also be used to treat viral infections such as influenza, to promote blood flow in the organs of the body and protect the skin from harmful UV radiation.

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Madrono (Garcinia madruno, formerly Rheedia acuminata)
A member of the Mangosteen family, it is used to treat urinary tract infections, tuberculosis, menstrual disorders, cancer, osteoarthritis, diarrhea and dysentery. It is also used for enhancing the immune system and improving mental health.

It can also be applied directly to the skin to treat eczema, thrush and other skin conditions.

Do not confuse this with the Strawberry Tree (Arbutus spp.) also called Madrono
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
It is used to improve appetite or for weight loss as well as for treating anemia, colds, headaches, nausea, nasal congestion, fatigue, stomach problems and constipation. It is also used to help fight infections and it helps prevent vision problems.

It is also used for stimulating the heart and circulation, blood purification and lowering cholestrol.

It can be applied directly to the skin for treatment of fungal skin infections, acne, hair loss, frostbite and cancer. In addition it can be used to treat inflamed joints, bruises, sprains, muscular and nerve pain. It is also used as an immune system booster

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Mango (Mangifera indica)
The fruit is used to protect against oral, breast, colon, lung, leukemia and prostate cancers as well as to help control the heart rate and blood pressure and reduce the chances of stroke.

It is also a good source of vitamin A, which is essential for healthy vision as well as for supporting healthy skin.

It is also used for enhancing the immune system and improving mental health.

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Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana)
It is used for urinary tract infections, some venereal diseases, thrush, tuberculosis, menstrual disorders, cancer, osteoarthritis, diarrhea and dysentery. It is also used for enhancing the immune system and improving mental health.

It can also be applied directly to the skin to treat eczema and other skin conditions.

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Mayapple (Podophyllum spp.)
Even though Mayapple (Podophyllum) is highly poisonous when taken by mouth it is used in minute doses to treat jaundice and other liver conditions, fever, syphilis, hearing loss, and cancer. It is also used to cause an abortion, as a laxative, to kill worm infestations and to counteract snakebite.

It can be applied directly to the skin for removal of warts as well as used topically for treating pre-cancerous oral conditions as well as internally to treat vaginal infections.
Maypop, Passion Fruit (Passiflora incarnata)
The above ground parts are used to treat insomnia, anxiety and relieving symptoms related to narcotic drug withdrawal.

It's also used for seizures, hysteria, asthma, symptoms of menopause, ADHD, nervousness and excitability, palpitations, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, and pain relief.

It can be applied topically to treat hemorrhoids, minor burns, and inflammation.

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Miracle Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum)
It was successfully tried as a dietry food alternative to sugar and the benefits for weight-loss were obvious. It contains a substance that fools the taste buds into believing that the food being ingested is sweet and as a consequence it allows sweet-toothed consumers to stick to a sugarless diet. However, as a food, it required FDA approval for sale, consequently it has been relegated to use only as a food additive.

There are three forms, The fruit may last for up to 3 days or in a powdered form it may last six months or more but in a compresed tablet the product has a life of up to 18 months.

In addition to its use by West Africans for thousands of years and the knowledge of it's benefits in Western Medicine for nearly 300 years, in all that time there has never been any reported side effect from the use of the fruit.
Mulberry (Morus spp.)
It is used to treat rhinitis, tinnitis, vertigo, diabetes, high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure as well as asthma, coughs, bronchitis, oedema, colds, influenza, eye infections and nose bleeds. It is also used for muscle and joint pain such as from arthritis or rheumatism as well as neuralgia, headache, toothache.

It can also be used to treat urinary incontinence, constipation, hair loss, and premature graying. Other uses include increasing urine flow, purging intestinal parasite infestations and as an expectorant.

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Muscadine (Vitis rotundifolia)
According to a study by EVE E. BRALLEY at the University of Georgia "muscadine grape skin in the diet and/or muscadine skin extract injected intrarectally act as anti-inflammatory agents in the colon by decreasing markers of inflammation."

This anti-inflammatory effect may extend to countering osteoarthritis and osteoporosis as well as inhibiting ulcerative colitis, cancer, diabetes and providing relief for many other conditions.

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Nectarine (Prunus persica nucipersica)
It is used in the treatment of gastritis, asthma, whooping cough, coughs, bronchitis and as an expectorant as well as providing relief from vomiting and morning sickness during pregnancy. It is also used to treat constipation, dropsy and jaundice as well as various menstrual disorders.

It is sometimes used to purge intestinal parasite infestations or as a diuretic and it can be applied topically as a moisturizer. It addition it can be administered as a mild sedative for pain relief.

It can also be applied directly to the skin as a drying agent to treat acne, ringworm, insect bites, superficial cuts, allergies, or fungal infections as well as using it to disinfect open cuts, scratches, open wounds and sores.

It also contains a substance called laetrile, which is a rapidly acting poison. Laetrile is prescribed in minute amounts to stimulate respiration, improve digestion and gives a provide of well-being.

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Neem (Azadirachta indica)
It is used an an expectorant as well as for treaing coughs, asthma, leprosy, malaria, eye disorders, nasal bleeding, heart and vascular diseases, fever, diabetes, gingivitis, and liver problems. It is also used for birth control and to cause abortions as well as a treatment for a low sperm count.

It is used for reducing bile, urinary tract disorders, hemorrhoids, stomach and intestinal ulcers, stomach upset, loss of appetite, and treating intestinal worm infestations. Other uses include treatments for skin infections and skin ulcers and to promote skin growth, which speeds up wound closure.

It can also be used as an insecticide to treat head lice or as a mosquito repellent, as an aid in oral health.

It has been used as a general tonic and some folks apply it directly to the skin for pain relief or as a skin softener.
Noni (Morinda citrifolia)
It is used for convulsions, asthma, coughs, colds, cancer, cataracts, diabetes, painful urination, fever, malaria, smallpox, stimulating menstrual flow, vaginal discharge during pregnancy, premenstrual syndrome, post natal depression and as a birthing aid.

It is also used to treat inflamation including arthritis, rheumatism, sprains and other muscle, bone and joint problems. Other uses include treatments for infections, enlarged spleen, liver disease, kidney disorders and AIDS.

It is used to treat high blood pressure, heart disease, atherosclerosis, poor circulation and stroke as well as constipation, poor digestion, colic, dysentery, gastric ulcers and nausea.

It is used to treat migraine headaches, depression, senility and drug addiction and it is also used as a sedative for the relief of pain. It is used as a moisturizer and it is also used in the treatment of burns, sores, infected wounds, including abscesses, stonefish and sting-ray wounds as well as filariasis.

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Olallieberry (Rubus laciniatus x ulmifolius)
Olallieberry contains high levels of antioxidants and is used to treat diabetes, gout, and pain and inflammation and for preventing cancer and heart disease.

It is also a diuretic and used to treat fluid retention by encouraging urine collection and flow.

As a very mild anti-bacterial it can also be gargled to relieve throat irritation or taken internally to treat diarrhoea.

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Orange, sweet (Citrus sinensis)
It is used to increase appetite, as an expectorant and to treat coughs, colds, flatulence, dyspepsia, and cancerous breast sores. It is also used as an immune system booster.

It is used to treat kidney stones and high cholesterol and as a preventative for high blood pressure and stroke, as well as prostate cancer.

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Orange, sour (Citrus aurantium)
It is used to improve appetite or for weight loss as well as for treating anemia, colds, headaches, nausea, nasal congestion, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Other uses include the treatment of gastrointestinal ulcers constipation, diarrhea, fecal blood, haemoroids, and flatulence.

It is also used for stimulating the heart and circulation, blood purification an lowering cholestrol. It can also help treat diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels as well as treating liver, gallbladder, kidney and bladder diseases, and as a sedative for sleep disorders.

It can be applied directly to the skin for treatment of fungal skin infections, acne, hair loss, frostbite and cancer. In addition it can be used to treat inflamed joints, bruises, sprains, muscular and nerve pain. It is also used as an immune system booster.
Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)
It is used to treat stomach ulcers, gastric reflux and other stomach upsets. It is also used to treat infections or used as a general disinfectant as well as a bowel cleanser.

It has also been used as an imune system booster or tonic and it can also be applied directly to the skin as a treatment for psoriasis.

Do not confuse with the herb "European barberry" also known as Oregon Grape

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Papaya (Carica papaya)
It is used for preventing and treating gastrointestinal problems and intestinal parasite infestations. It is also used as a sedative and a diuretic.

It is also used to treat nerve pain as well as elephantoid growths, which are caused by parasitic worms.

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Passion Fruit or Granadilla (Passiflora spp.)
The above ground parts are used to treat insomnia, anxiety and relieving symptoms related to narcotic drug withdrawal.

It's also used for seizures, hysteria, asthma, symptoms of menopause, ADHD, nervousness and excitability, palpitations, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, and pain relief.

It can be applied topically to treat hemorrhoids, minor burns, and inflammation.

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Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
The American Pawpaw also known as the Custard Apple or simply as Pawpaw is a vile smelling plant that is also a natural insecticide. Its bark, leaf, and seed are used to treat fever, vomiting, and pain and inflammation of the mouth and throat.

It has chemicals that are thought to be effective against certain types of lung, prostate and breast cancers.

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Peach (Prunus persica)
It is used in the treatment of gastritis, asthma, whooping cough, coughs, bronchitis and as an expectorant as well as providing relief from vomiting and morning sickness during pregnancy. It is also used to treat constipation, dropsy and jaundice as well as various menstrual disorders.

It is sometimes used to purge intestinal parasite infestations or as a diuretic and it can be applied topically as a moisturizer. It addition it can be administered as a mild sedative for pain relief.

It can also be applied directly to the skin as a drying agent to treat acne, ringworm, insect bites, superficial cuts, allergies, or fungal infections as well as using it to disinfect open cuts, scratches, open wounds and sores.

It also contains a substance called laetrile, which is a rapidly acting poison. Laetrile is prescribed in minute amounts to stimulate respiration, improve digestion and gives a provide of well-being.

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Pear, European and Asian species (Pyrus)
It is use to treat mild digestion problems, diarrhea, cholera, colic, constipation, fluid retention, and nausea. It can also be used to treat liver disease, tremors and spasms, cancer, and fever.

It can also be applied directly to the skin as a drying agent.

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Pepino (Solanum muricatum)
The fruit isn't particularly nutritious, however it has a very high water content [90%] and about 30 mg vitamin C per 100 mg, which made it ideal as a portable fluid source on long journeys. It is also used to prevent goitre.

It is also recommended as at treatment for water retention.

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Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)
It is used to treat high blood pressure, fluid retention, constipation, hiccoughs, and stroke.

It is also used for improving blood flow and reducing body temperature as well as a general tonic.

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Pineapple (Ananas comosus)
An enzyme called Bromelain is used to treat inflammation, hay fever and ulcerative colitis as well as sloughing off dead tissue after a burn or as a pulmonary edema preventative

It is also used to slowing blood clotting, improve antibiotic absorption rates, prevent cancer, shorten labor, and helping the body eliminate fat.

In combination with other chemical extracts from other plants it has been shown to reduce the effects of osteoarthritis and may improve mobility, especially the knee joint mmobility, in arthritis sufferers.

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Plum (Prunus domestica)
It is used to treat diarrhoea, kidney and bladder complaints as well as being a diuretic. It is also used in the treatment of asthman and to suppress coughs.

It can also be applied directly to the skin as a drying agent to treat acne, ringworm, insect bites, superficial cuts, allergies, or fungal infections as well as using it to disinfect open cuts, scratches, open wounds and sores.

It also contains a substance called laetrile, which is a rapidly acting poison. Laetrile is prescribed in minute amounts to stimulate respiration, improve digestion and gives a provide of well-being.

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Pomegranate (Punica granatum)
It is used to treat high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, heart attack, atherosclerosis, and high cholesterol. obesity It is also used for diarrhea, dysentery, and intestinal parasite infestations as well as to cause an abortion.

It has also been used to treat influenza, gum disease, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, bleeding, and HIV as well as a prostate cancer preventative.

Other uses include gargling to treat a sore throat and as a treatment for hemorrhoids.

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Pomelo (Citrus maxima)
It is used to treat atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, cancer, psoriasis, weight loss and obesity as well as treating or fortifying the body against the common cold and influenza.

An extract can be taken by mouth to treat bacterial, viral, fungal and yeast infections including as a vaginal douche to treat candida infections. It is also useful as a treatment for minor oral infections or as a mouthwash, nasal rinse and breath freshener.

The oil can be applied directly to the skin for muscle fatigue, hair growth, as a facial cleanser, skin toner or as a treatment for acne and oily skin.

Other uses include inhaling the vapours as a treatment for headache, stress or depression and to slow down dehydration as well as treating lung infections.

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Prickly Pear (Opuntia spp.)
It is used to treat type 2 diabetes, colitis and diarrhea as wrell as to lower cholesterol levels and for weight-loss. Other uses include hangover management and in the treatment of non-cancerous enlarged prostate glands.

It can also be used to fight viral infections.

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Pummelo (Citrus grandis)
In Ayurvedic medicine it is used to treat coughs and asthema. It is also used to bring down fevers and reduce fever related convulsions in children as well as being used as a treatment for epliepsy.

It can also be applied directly to the skin as a drying agent to treat acne, ringworm, insect bites, superficial cuts, allergies, or fungal infections.

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Pumpkin (Cucurbita spp.)
It is used for treating bladder irritation, kidney infections and intestinal worms. It can also be used to treat difficult urination due to an enlarged prostate gland as well as providing protection against heart attack by lowering cholesterol levels and thus reducing the risk of coronary artery disease and strokes .

It can also be used as a sedative to reduce anxiety, nervous irritability, and other neurotic conditions.

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Quince (Cydonia oblonga and Chaenomeles)
It is used to control diarrhea and as a cough supressant. It is also used as a tea for colic and intestinal inflammation.

A quince poultice can be applied directly to inflamed areas to treat strains, sprains, rheumatism and arthritic pain as well as nipple soreness. It can also be used in a footbath to help relieve aching feet.

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Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)
It is used for stomach and intestinal complaints, diarrhea, influenza, coughs, colds, heart problems, fever, diabetes and scurvy. As well as being an emetic, it is also used to promote sweating and bile production.

It is also used to moderate painful periods, heavy periods and morning sickness as well as preventing miscarriage, and easing labor and delivery.

It can be applied directly to the skin as a treatment for sore throat and skin rash and it has also been used as a blood purifier.

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Rhubarb (Rheum rhaponticum)
It is used to treat constipation, diarrhea, heartburn and colic as well as gastrointestinal bleeding.

It can be applied directly to the skin to treat cold sores.

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Rose Hip, the fruitlike base of roses (Rosa Cania)
It is used to treat stomach spasms, to raise stomach acid levels, to prevent stomach irritation and ulcers, and as a tonic for intestinal diseases.

It is also used for fevers, diarrhea, constipation, gallstones and gallbladder conditionss as well as lower urinary tract and kidney disorders, fluid retention, gout, back pain, sciatica and diabetes.

Other uses include lowering high cholesterol, for weight loss and reducing high blood pressure as well as increasing blood flow in the limbs.

Some so-called "natural" products may be fortified with lab-made vitamin C but not listed as such on the label.

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Rowan, Mountain Ash (Sorbus)
It is used to treat kidney disease, diabetes, arthritis, fever, scurvy and vitamin C deficiency, diarrhea and inflammation as well as menstrual problems.

It has also been used to increase the metabolic rate, to treat gout and as a general blood purifier

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Saw Palmetto (Serenoa Serrulata)
Saw Palmetto
The fruit is famed for its ability to reduce the symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland. It is also used, alongside other drugs to treat cancer and various infections of the prostate.

It can be used to treat colds and coughs, sore throat, asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, and migraine headaches. It is also used as a diuretic, as a sedative and as an aphrodisiac.
Sea-Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)
It used to treat arthritis, gastrointestinal ulcers, gastric reflux, gout, and skin rashes caused by infectious diseases such as measles as well as heart conditions such as angina. It is also used to improve blood pressure, lower cholesterol and to preventing and controlling blood vessel diseases as well as an immunity booster.

It can also be used as an expectorant, as a treatment for night blindness and dry eye, for preventing infections, and slowing the aging process. Other uses include treating asthma and reducuing the side effects of chemotherapy

It can be applied directly to the skin to prevent sunburn or for treating x-ray and UV burns as well as to treat bedsores, burns, cuts and scratches, acne, dermatitis, dry skin, eczema, skin ulcers, and skin color changes after giving birth; and for protecting mucus membranes.
Sea Grape (Coccoloba uvifera)
It's commonly used in cold formulas as a decongestant. It is an excellent bronchial dilator and helps asthma sufferers by opening the sinus passages. It also has an antihistamine effect which aids chronic and acute allergies.

Ephedra also acts as a circulatory stimulant to the blood pressure and heart function; it elevates blood pressure. Ephedra's main constituent is ephedrine, which increases adrenaline secretion in our bodies. The boost you get from ephedra stimulates certain glands, muscles and tissue functions, while it suppresses others.
Serviceberry or Saskatoon (Amelanchier)
It is used used as a treatment for snow-blindness as well as eye and ear drops. It has also been used to regulate menstruation or as a birth control substance by stopping menstruation completely and as a birthing aid.

It has also been used to boost the appetite, to treat nausea, the common cold, coughs, influenza, chest pains and lung infections as well as treating fevers and maintaining regular bowel movements.
Soursop (Annona muricata)
It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria and parasites transmitted through the bite of sand fleas, herpes, coughs, colds, influenza and cancer. It is also used to cause vomiting and to empty the bowels.

It can also be applied directly to the skin to treat arthritis.

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Southern Crabapple (Malus angustifolia)
It can be applied directly to the skin as a drying agent to treat acne, ringworm, insect bites, superficial cuts, allergies, or fungal infections.

The seeds contain a deadly chemical called hydrogen cyanide or prussic acid, which, when administered in minute quantities, has been shown to stimulate respiration and improve digestion and it has also been tried as a treatment for cancer.
Strawberry (Fragaria)
It is used to treat diarrhea, sluggish intestines, liver disease, jaundice, inflammation, gout, arthritis, nervous tension, water retention, kidney stones, fever, night sweats, skin rashes and anemia.

It is also used as a blood purifier, to stimulate the metabolic rate, to prevent menstruation, and in weight-loss programmes.

Research suggests that it may contain chemicals that inhibit the multiplication of some cancer cells. Other chemicals may help treat Alzheimer's, control diseases that impair nerve function or even slow down the aging of the nervous system.

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Tamarillo or Tree Tomato (Cyphomandra betacea)
It is used to prevent lung and mouth cancers, to lower the risk of cardiovascular conditions and to treat type-II diabetes. It is also used to improve vision.

It is also used as an immune system booster and it can be applied topically to maintain a healthy skin condition.

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Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)
It is used to treat constipation, liver, gallbladder and stomach disorders, including morning sickness. It is also used to treat colds and fever. It is used to treat worm infestations.

An extract of tamarind seeds is used in eye drops for dry eyes and a thick paste made from the seeds is used as a cast to treat broken bones.

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Tayberry (Rubus fruticosus x idaeus)
Tayberry contains high levels of antioxidants and is used to treat diabetes, gout, and pain and inflammation and for preventing cancer and heart disease.

It is also a diuretic and used to treat fluid retention by encouraging urine collection and flow.

As a very mild anti-bacterial it can also be gargled to relieve throat irritation or taken internally to treat diarrhoea.

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Texas Persimmon (Diospyros texana)
It is used to treat high blood pressure, fluid retention, constipation, hiccough, and stroke.

It is also used for improving blood flow and reducing body temperature as well as a general tonic.

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Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)
It contains high levels of antioxidants and is used to treat diabetes, gout, and pain and inflammation and for preventing cancer and heart disease.

It is also a diuretic and used to treat fluid retention by encouraging urine collection and flow.

As a very mild anti-bacterial it can also be gargled to relieve throat irritation or taken internally to treat diarrhoea.

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Uva Ursi, Bearberry (Arbutus uva-ursi)
From the Latin "Uva ursi" literally means "Bear Grape", hence Bearberry. It is mainly used for urinary tract disorders such as kidney and bladder infections. The antibacterial properties reduce inflammation of the urinary tract thereby easing painful urination resulting in increased flow. This helps eliminate severely acidic urine more rapidly and promotes recovery.

It is also used to treat constipation and its astringint properties can help ease bronchitis.

Bearberry is sometimes called Mountain Cranberry. Do not confuse Uva Ursi with Cranberry.

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Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia)
It is used as a food additive in diet foods to reduce the intake of sugar and to help fight tooth decay. It is also used to treat intestinal gas as well as fever.

Some people also use it as an aphrodisiac.

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Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)
It is used to lower blood presure, reduce fevers, as a diuretic, and to treat dropsy and kidney stones as well as urinary tract infections, alcohol poisoning and diabetes.

It has also been used to treat intestinal parasite infestations, to treat bed wetting as well as being an effective emetic. It also contains lycopine, which has been shown to protect the body against heart attacks.

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Wild Grape (Ampelocissus acetosa)
This Australian native plant is a food source and may have a number of medicinal uses. It is high in potassium and sodium, which is important for electrolyte balance in the body. The magnesium and calcium content support a healthy metabolism.

So while litte is known about the general medicinal use of the plant there is one striking little known fact.

The "juice" was used to treat the bite of the Northern Death Adder and other snake bites. However is it not known which part of the plant the "juice" was made from or how it was applied.

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Wild Orange (Capparis mitchellii)
It is used internally in the treatment of coughs, gastrointestinal infections, diarrhoea, gout and rheumatism. Externally, it is used to treat skin conditions, capillary weakness and easy bruising. It can also be used to increase the appetite, as a laxative, a diuretic and for pain relief.

Other uses include treating eye infections and in the prevention of the formation of cataracts. It has also been used to treat gout and vaginal thrush.

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Wild Peach (Terminalia carpentariae)
It is used to treat a variety of skin disorders and infections including wounds, sores and boils.

It is also effective in controlling fungal infections such as ringworm, and in the treatment of bacterial infections such as leprosy.

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Wild Plum (Buchanania obovata)
It was used to relieve the pain of toothache and as a mouthwash. It was also used to treat sore eyes but the information on how that may have worked or for what conditions has been lost.

It was also used as an aid to wound healing

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Wild Plum (Santalum lanceolatum)
It is used to treat the symptoms of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatiod arthritis and to slow down joint destruction. It can also be used as a laxative as a treatment for constipation.

It has been used as a narcotic for the relief of severe pain and it is used to treat skin conditions such as boils, bed sores, cuts and scratches.

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Wolfberry, Goji (Lycium barbarum, Lycium spp.)
It is used to help control the heart rate and blood pressure and reduce the chances of stroke. It is also used to support the imune system and reduce inflamation.

According to researchers it may also be used to treat viral infections such as influenza, to promote blood flow in the organs of the body and protect the skin from harmful UV radiation.

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