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April 2021

Olive Farms Biodiversity:Verbascum thapsus

By |April 13th, 2021|Categories: Olive Farms Biodiversity|Tags: , |

Verbascum thapsus Properties Versatile, fuzzy mullein is a gardener’s friend, an herbalist’s delight and an engineering marvel all on its own. A member of the snapdragon family, mullein has flowers that are flat and open, unlike the irregular “dragon faces” of snapdragons. Within the Scrophulariaceae family, the genus Verbascum consists of about 300 species native to Europe, West and Central Asia, and North Africa. Most are tall, stout biennials with large leaves and flowers in long terminal spikes. The species best-known among herbalists is the homely but useful common mullein, V. thapsus. First-year plants form a rosette of large, velvety leaves [...]

Olive Farms Biodiversity :Crataegus Monogyne

By |April 8th, 2021|Categories: Olive Farms Biodiversity|Tags: , , |

Crataegus in the treatment of cardiovascular disease Results recorded from clinical trials, experiences of professionally qualified medical herbalists, and the low/negligible incidence of side effects experienced by patients would indicate that Crataegus preparations hold significant potential as a useful remedy in the treatment of CVD. Clinical trials have until recently been largely confined to patients presenting with NYHA stage I or II heart failure. More recently, the inclusion of patients with more advanced CVD in clinical trials might have affected outcomes, particularly where dosages were not adjusted to reflect the severity of illness. Studies by Holusbarsch et al.[35] would indicate efficacy of Crataegus preparations in the [...]

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