Feel The Burn

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Pungent Plants Rape/Mustard seed, Moringa, Curry Leaf (Murraya Keonigii, in the photo)

See also- https://everythingiknowaboutthatilearnedfrommysleddogs.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/the-missing-stink/

No pain, no gain? >Rapeseed-mustard is an important source of edible oil in Indian diet especially in Eastern and North-Western India. The major fatty acids of rapeseed-mustard oil are oleic, linoleic, linolenic, eicosenoic and erucic acid. Erucic acid in oil of Indian rapeseed-mustard varieties is quite high (Chauhan et al. 2007). High amount of erucic acid in edible oils has been reported to impair myocardial conductance, causes lipidosis in children and increases blood cholestrol (Gopalan et al. 1974; Renard and McGregor 1976; Ackman et al. 1977). Rapeseed-mustard cultivars grown in India also have high level of glucosinolate content (Chauhan et al. 2007). Glucosinolates, a group of plant thioglucosides, found principally among members of family Brassicaceae are responsible for the characteristic pungency of rapeseed-mustard oil. The glucosinolates are broken down by the enzyme thioglucoside glucohydrolase commonly known as myrosinase to yield sulphate, glucose and other aglucon products. Cleavage products from hydrolysis are detrimental to animal health as they reduce the feed palatability and affect the iodine uptake by the thyroid glands thus reducing feed efficiency and weight gains (Bille et al. 1983; Fenwick et al. 1983; Bell 1984) especially in non-ruminants such as pigs and poultry. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3551133/)
* But glucosinolates are also considered to be healthy constituents in human diets.
>The enthusiasm for the health benefits of M. oleifera is in dire contrast with the scarcity of strong experimental and clinical evidence supporting them. Fortunately, the chasm is slowly being filled. In this article, I review current scientific data on the corrective potential of M. oleifera leaves in chronic hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia, as symptoms of diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. Reported studies in experimental animals and humans, although limited in number and variable in design, seem concordant in their support for this potential. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3290775/)
>Status of lipid peroxidation was studied in rats induced high fat diet and some commonly used spices, viz. Murraya koenigit and Brassica juncea. The study revealed that these species alter the peroxidation (thiobarbituric acid reactive substances) level to a beneficial extent. Histological studies also focus on modulation of hepatic functions to near normal level. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9315222)
>M. koenigii is a traditional Indian Ayurvedic herb. Apart from being a useful food supplement in curries and chutneys, the herb possesses immense therapeutic potential. The therapeutic usefulness of the herb can be easily understood from the present review. Leaves, fruits, roots and bark of this plant are a rich source of carbazole alkaloids. These alkaloids have been reported for their various pharmacological activities such as antitumor, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antidiarrhoeal, diuretic and antioxidant activities. Apart from these activities, the plant is reported to possess a wide spectrum of biological activities.
>An infusion of the roasted leaves is used to stop vomiting. The green tender leaves are eaten raw for the cure of dysentery. A decoction of the leaves is sometimes given with bitters as a febrifuge and the leaves have been claimed to be used with mint in the form of chutney to check vomiting. (http://www.jcimjournal.com/jim/FullText2.aspx?articleID=jcim20110803)


The Mighty Moringa

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Although you might not like the taste, it comes with the high content of health-promoting glucosinolates (think broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts) and the dried leaf can be used in any similar foods or nutritional supplements where that taste is pleasant such as curries or other savory foods…
And, see below, may be best not to use hot water or to cook it.

A general precaution in any nutritional evaluation is described here for the traditional Ayurvedic herb combination Triphala: >The increased popularity of herbal remedies such as Triphala has led to dramatic improvements in the processing of crude plant materials that serve to maximize the absorption of otherwise poorly absorbed plant components. Despite these improvements, these preparations still display pronounced variability in efficacy, which is likely related to the natural variation in composition of gut microbiota species that catalyze the biotransformation of herbal components. This response variability is not unique to herbs and, in fact, may be the case for virtually all health-promoting compounds ingested by humans. >Polyphenols in Triphala modulate the human gut microbiome and thereby promote the growth of beneficial Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus while inhibiting the growth of undesirable gut microbes. The bioactivity of Triphala is elicited by gut microbiota to generate a variety of anti-inflammatory compounds.

>Despite the recent advancements in chemotherapeutics, chemotherapy is still associated with severe adverse effects such as nephrotoxicity, nausea, hair loss, skin irritation, anemia, and infertility [38], [39]. Therefore, naturally occurring anticancer compounds from natural plants, especially those with low toxicity and high potency, have important implications for chemotherapy and chemoprevention.
>In the field of anticancer drug discovery and development process, compounds with the highest anticancer activities often have bulky hydrophobic groups within their chemical structures, rendering them water insoluble [53]. Low water solubility leads to both formulation issues and serious therapeutic challenges. Administering the poorly soluble drug candidate intravenously might result in serious complications such as embolism and respiratory system failure due to the precipitation of the drug [54], while poor absorption would result from extravascular dosing [55]. Therefore, increasing water solubility and/or developing soluble bioactive compounds with high anticancer activities have attracted increasing attention. In this study, I focused on the new water-soluble MOL extracts and examined its potential as an anticancer drug candidate.
>The reason why the difference in the cell cytotoxicity between cancer cells and normal cells is not clear at this time, but I think complex effects caused by some compounds in the extract can protect normal cells from severe cytotoxicity. Overall, these data suggest that the cold water (4°C)-soluble MOL extract may become a good candidate for anticancer therapy with high specificity and less adverse effects. In conclusion, I demonstrated that the soluble MOL extract may have be a new promising candidate for a natural anticancer drug. Further studies are required in this regard.
>Compared to the data, I had much greater inhibition rate of up to 90% by using cold-MOL extract (see Figure 2). The possible difference in anticancer activities between cold- and hot-DW treated MOL extract might be resulted from the heat inactivation of some bioactive molecules within M. olefeira leaves, but obvious reason needs to be clarified through further research.



AA, Aloe arborescens

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Small woodland tobacco, rat root, and Aloe arborescens. Grow your own: “Let food be your medicine and medicine your food.”

Neuroprotective potential of Aloe arborescens against copper induced neurobehavioral features of Parkinson’s disease in rat

The present investigation have brought, on the one hand, an experimental evidence of an altered dopaminergic innervations following Cu intoxication and on the other hand, a new pharmacological property of Aloe arborescens that may be used as a neuroprotective plant for neurodegenerative disorders, such as PD, touching the dopaminergic system trigged by heavy metals.


A Randomized Study of Chemotherapy VersusBiochemotherapy with Chemotherapy plus Aloe arborescens in Patients with Metastatic Cancer

Aloe is one of the of the most important plants exhibiting anticancer activity and its antineoplastic property is due to at least three different mechanisms, based on antiproliferative, immunostimulatory and antioxidant effects.

The percentage of both objective tumor regressions and disease control was significantly higher in patients concomitantly treated with Aloe arborescens than with chemotherapy alone, as well as the percent of 3-year survival patients.



Candelabra aloe (Aloe arborescens) in the therapy and prophylaxis of upper respiratory tract infections: traditional use and recent research results


Originally introduced to support the healing and recovery in cornea transplant patients, aqueous A. arborescens extracts soon became popular in the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections with a focus on toddlers and children. Recent preclinical and clinical data show that immunomodulatory, antiinflammatory, and antiviral effects contribute to its therapeutic efficacy.

In contrast, Aloe arborescens Miller (Candelabra Aloe) is characterized by a generally very low anthranoid content and is thus suited for other therapeutic purposes without
exerting laxative effects.

Secondary Phenol Metabolites (SPhMs), Distribution and Content of Some Aloe Species, Originated from Arid Zones of South Africa: A Review

Whole leaves of A. arborescens can be used as fresh food (Shioda et al., 2003). According to some studies, A. arborescensis richer than A. vera in respect to medicinal properties. The leaves of A. arborescens have long been used externally for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes. Experimentally, it has been demonstrated to exert a number of pharmacological effects (Suga and Hirata, 1983).

Barbaloin has been found to have a strong inhibitory effect on the histamine release from mast cells, while aloenin has a weak inhibitory effect. The inhibitory effect of barbaloin is much higher than that of a potent anti-inflammatory drug, such as Indomethaacin (Nakagomi et al., 1987).

Barbaloin content as a percentage of the dry weight of an Aloe arborescens leaf cut on 27 April 1993 and the consequent new growths from the same place on the plant cut on 27 May, 27 June and 27 July. The number above the column is the weight of the cut leaf (Gutterman and Chauser-Volfson, 2000a)

aloe arborescens phenol

The younger the leaf the denser is the vascular bundles and therefore the higher the content of the SPhMs.
Leaf pruning increase the content of the SPhMs in the leaves. The more times the plant is pruned the higher is the SPhMs content of its leaves, up to even 85% of the leaf dry weight.
Even pruning of one young leaf at the top part of the branch affect an increase in the leaves below. The closer the leaf below the one pruned, the higher the content of its’ SPhMs. The leaves oriented at the opposite side of the pruned leaf are also affected by increasing their content of SPhMs.




Pre-Hispanic Mexican Eats

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According to the Conquistadores the Aztecs called themselves La Mexica pronounced La Mechica.

In this video:

Elotes (sweet corn as called in English) originated in Peru but was brought to Mexico many centuries ago and the best quality comes from the high plateau of central Mexico.


Pericon or Anisillo (in English known as Mexican tarragon or sweet mace or sweet marigold or Mexican marigold and other names) is a true marigold, Tagetes lucida, the original flower of the dead, now sometimes applied to other marigolds or pot marigold, calendula. The Spanish word margarita and name of the tequila drink can also mean daisy, while a translation of marigold can be maravilla. I wish I could grow or buy pericon in sheafs like she puts in the pot to flavor the sweet corn in the video above and shown in the street market below! The video below explains that pericon is a corruption of the latin name of St Johnswort, Hypericum or hypericon, above the icon.

Tequesquite is a regional mineral salt found on the margins of rivers and lakes.

More on the subject in this searchable text version of 1905 book:

Full text of “Plantas comestibles de los antiguos mexicanos



Medicinal Plant Names & Uses

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Page too narrow. See here instead:

Medicinal plants used by the Aboriginal people of boreal Canada, a list of plants by Latin name, common name and uses…


Medicinal Plants in the Boreal Forest

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Traditional use of medicinal plants in the boreal forest of Canada: review and perspectives

The boreal forest of Canada is home to several hundred thousands Aboriginal people who have been using medicinal plants in traditional health care systems for thousands of years. This knowledge, transmitted by oral tradition from generation to generation, has been eroding in recent decades due to rapid cultural change. Until now, published reviews about traditional uses of medicinal plants in boreal Canada have focused either on particular Aboriginal groups or on restricted regions. Here, we present a review of traditional uses of medicinal plants by the Aboriginal people of the entire Canadian boreal forest in order to provide comprehensive documentation, identify research gaps, and suggest perspectives for future research.

Additional file 1:

Medicinal plants used by the Aboriginal people of boreal Canada. Plants are sorted by scientific name. For each plant, family name, growth habit, vernacular name(s), part(s) used, use(s), and reference(s) are provided.

The main file, link below to the original on ncbi.nlm.nih (national library of medicine aka pubmed) study, is full of big data type info not as useful to me, though some interesting broad perspectives. The two “Additional files” at the bottom are Additional file 1 sorted and listed by plant scientific name and Additional file 2 sorted and listed by uses. #2 I found to be not so useful, and #1 by scientific name I found to be very useful, listing various names and ways used by different identified groups or tribes. If you do not know the scientific name you can use find in your word processor software. Although it may not be 100% because for example there is no “rat root” for Acorus calamus or Acorus Americanus! Even though it is only about 1 M size my own computer sometimes chokes on this file.  I saved a copy in rtf in case that is easier to navigate.



Le Jardin Des Traiteurs

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Tansy and Tennessee


>According to liquor historian A. J. Baime, in the 19th century Tennessee whiskey magnate Jack Daniel enjoyed drinking his own whiskey with sugar and crushed tansy leaf.

Tansy was used as a face wash and was reported to lighten and purify the skin.[6][7] In the 19th century, Irish folklore suggested that bathing in a solution of tansy and salts would cure joint pain.[14] …tansy is still a component of some medicines and is listed by the United States Pharmacopeia as a treatment for fevers, feverish colds, and jaundice.[4][7][12][medical citation needed]   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tansy

Ran across a pamphlet, Cajun Herbal Healers pdf, from a tourist village in La Louisianne.

Interesting info… in English French and Creole, Tansy = Tennessee according to their spelling. But the correct French Tanaisie would be pronounced ~ the same.

From Fr wiki:
Cette plante est citée dans le capitulaire De Villis datant du début du ixe siècle, parmi les plantes potagères et aromatiques recommandées. Une recette du Liber cure cocorum en utilise les feuilles hachées pour aromatiser l’omelette10.
Séchée, cette plante est utilisée par certains apiculteurs comme combustible pour l’enfumoir11. Elle aurait l’avantage d’avoir un effet calmant sur les abeilles et l’odeur de la fumée produite serait sans incidence sur le goût du miel (contrairement à l’usage du carton par exemple).
C’est aussi une plante ornementale, notamment la variété crispum à feuilles frisées et très découpées.
Répulsif contre les tiques. On peut se frotter les poignets, la nuque, les chevilles avec une feuille, les tiques et moustiques détestent cette odeur12

> Small amt used as culinary herb px omelette, rub the leaves on the skin and mosquito and tick repellent that is good for the skin.

Wormwood, Artemisia absinthium, is a different plant, it is not Tansy. However, both are maligned for alleged toxic effects of the constituent thujone. “The dose makes the poison.” For absinthe the drink historically banned in some countries, the liver damage was probably more due to chronic alcoholism and also copper sulfate also sometimes added to the concoction for the intense green color.

Feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium, Costmary, T balsemita, are in the same genus as common Tansy, T vulgare.

Medicinal and culinary herbs that contain thujones include, but are not limited to: sage, mugwort, oregano, tansy, wormwood, and some species of mint. Source: http://www.healwithfood.org/side-effects/sage-tea-thujone-toxic-dose.php#ixzz4sQTzqq3g

Back to the initial subject, download the pamphlet here:


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