Withania somnifera (known as ashwagandha) is a perennial bush that belongs to the Solanaceae family. It’s a popular healing plant in Ayurvedic medicine. The name ‘ashwagandha’ derives from the Sanskrit language and signifies "the smell of a horse", probably because the roots of the herb have a horse-like scent. Ashwagandha originates from North Africa and India.
Feverfew is a herbaceous flowering plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It originates from the Caucasus, Anatolia and the Balkan Peninsula. The plant can grow up to 70 cm in height. The light green pinnatisected leaves have a pungent aroma. The flowers are similar to daisies in appearance and are produced in corymbs. They are usually about 20 mm in diameter.
Woolly Fern is an evergreen or perennial rhizomatous fern in the Dicksoniaceae family. It originates from China and Thailand. The stems can grow up to 1 m in height, when upright, but they are often procumbent and form colonies of plants in the forests or abandoned areas. The fronds can reach up to 3 m in height.
Yarrow, or Achillea millefolium, is a herbaceous, perennial, flowering plant that can be found in most parts of Eurasia and North America. The Latin name of the plant ‘Achillea’ traces its origin to the famous Greek hero Achilles who utilized yarrow in order to treat the wounds of his soldiers after battles.
Elecampane is a tall, perennial, rhizomatous plant that can grow up to 90-150 cm in height. It originates from Europe and Asia but now is also naturalized in North America. The herb usually grows along roads, on the river banks and forest edges. The leaves are green, serrated, covered with thin pubescence on the upper side and with velvet hairs on the underside.
Healthy bones are extremely important at all stages of our lives as they support us, protect the main organs, store calcium and make our movements possible. People usually attain the peak bone mass by the age of 30. After that they start to gain less bone mass and lose more of it. If you haven’t reached enough bone mass by this age or experience a significant bone loss later in your life, you are at risk of developing osteoporosis.
Horsetail is a perennial plant that belongs to the only living genus Equisetum in the Equisetaceae family. The herb dates back to the Palaeozoic era and is often considered a living fossil. It usually grows in the temperate climatic zones and prefers damp and moist areas. The plant is referred to as ‘horsetail’ due to the fact that it resembles the tail of a horse in appearance.
Parsley, or Petroselinum crispum, is a biennial flowering plant in the Apiaceae family that originates from the central Mediterranean region. In the first year, it produces deep green, curly, tripinnate leaves that are about 10–25 cm long with numerous 1–3 cm leaflets. In the second year, it forms a flowering stem that can reach up to 75 cm in height and has sparse leaves and flat-topped umbels (3–10 cm in diameter) with many little yellow or yellowish green flowers.
Sea buckthorn originates from the Himalayan highlands and is referred to as the "Holy fruit" by the local people. In China, the benefits of sea buckthorn berries have been known for about 12 centuries. And according to Mongolian legends, Genghis Khan and his army used these berries before every victorious battle.
Burdock (Arctium Lappa) is a biennial plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is native to Europe and Asia. The herb can reach up to 3 m in height. The leaves are alternately arranged, quite large, heart-shaped, hairy on the bottom part and having a long petiole. The purple flowers are united into flower heads which are grouped in clusters.