Saturday, 9 April 2011

Number 2 - Horny Goat Weed

For our next herb, we'll look at something a little less unconventional - Horny Goat Weed, or Epimedium Sagittarium.

This plant is a natural aphrodisiac, first realised when goat herders in China saw their goats becoming more sexually active when the herb was present in the fields.

It is used to increase libido and improve fertility chances. 

Usually taken in tablet form similar to Viagra, but can also be taken in a tea.

An example of a product containing Epimedium. (Source Unknown. Product of OPTIMA)

Number 1 - Chamomile

As a basic, let us start with one of the basic herbs to any practitioner: the Chamomile flower, Matricria chamomilla.

Daisy-like in appearance, the chamomile flower is used mainly for relaxation and sleep aid. Used as treatment for insomnia.

However, as with all herbs, be careful in mixing with any prescribed medicines such as blood thinners such as Warfarin.

It is commonly sold in supermarkets as a tea with honey and vanillas. The flowers can also be used in herbal cigarettes as a relaxing smoke.

A box of Lipton's Chamomile tea, displaying the daisy-like white and yellow Chamomile plant. (Unknown Source. Lipton's tea a product of Lipton)