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Raw Foods, Superfoods, Medicinal Plants: D to G


We have not yet added our editorial take on dandelions but you can view one of our member’s post on dandelions by clicking here.

ECHINACEA – Immune, Anti-Bacteria

One of the most popular immune enhancing herbs in America today, Echinacea is the Native American medicinal plant best known for helping prevent or shorten the effect of colds and flu symptoms by activating increased white blood cell production. Native Americans may have used echinacea for more than 400 years to treat infections and wounds and as a general “cure-all.” Germany regulates this herb as a medicine and most studies showing its effectiveness originated in Germany in the 20th century. MORE about the benefits of Echinacea.


In addition to featuring a host of vitamins and minerals, eggplant also contains important phytonutrients, many which have antioxidant activity. Phytonutrients contained in eggplant include phenolic compounds, such caffeic and chlorogenic acid, and flavonoids, such as nasunin.MORE on the health benefits of Eggplant.

ELEUTHERO – Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian Ginseng)

Renowned for its ability to increase mental alertness, the immune system, and muscle performance, scientists believe Eleuthero helps prevent “adrenal burnout” caused by ongoing physical or mental stress.  For this reason it is a natural resource to assist in the training of athletes.  The mental alertness it offers is comparable in nature to caffeine, but without the crash that often accompanies caffeine. Learn more about Eleuthero, Siberian Ginseng.

ESSIAC TEA, immune system stimulant, body detox, anti-cancer

Essiac Tea is technically not a tea, rather a decoction of herbs which can vary. In order to be true Essiac it must always contain the four essential herbs: Burdock Root, Slippery Elm Bark, Sheep Sorrel, and Rhubarb Root. It is a popular natural remedy for cancer patients. Find out how to make Essiac Tea and more about its healing properties.

FEVERFEW – brain, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic

Feverfew (Tanacetumparthenium ), a member of the sunflower family, has been used for centuries in European folk medicine as a remedy for headaches, arthritis, and fevers. The term feverfew is adapted from the Latin word febrifugia or “fever reducer.” Feverfew is also used to treat menstrual irregularities, labor difficulties, skin conditions, stomach aches, and asthma. MORE on the health benefits of Feverfew.

FIGS - Fiber, Digestion, Immune

Figs are one of the highest plant sources of calcium and fiber. According to USDA data for the Mission variety, dried figs are richest in fiber, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamin K. They have smaller amounts of many other nutrients. Figs have a laxative effect and contain many antioxidants. They are good source of flavonoids and polyphenols.In one study, a 40-gram portion of dried figs (two medium size figs) produced a significant increase in plasma antioxidant capacity.

GARLIC (Allium Sativum) Immune, Antibiotic, Blood pressure, anticancer, anti-inflamatory

Originally from central Asia, more than 1000 studies confirm garlic’s medicinal and nutritional value. It is perhaps the most widely recognized therapeutically important plant. Its protective strength against infection and disease relates to folklore of it protecting against the devil and vampires. Key Actions: Antibiotic, antifungal, blood thinner, immune booster, blood pressure regulator, aids intestinal flora, improves cholesterol levels. Garlic helps the body fight infection and speeds recovery. It has 100s of nutrient compounds that help all 10 of the body’s healing zones. Garlic has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer and other benefits. As Dr. Schrauzer of UC San Diego’s chemistry department points out, garlic is “a simple, nonprescription drug that helps detoxify the body and prevent disease.” One naturopathic doctor author, Dr. Jackson, has been quoted as saying garlic can cleanse the entire circulatory system in an hour. MORE on the health benefits of Garlic.

GINGER – Immune, Inflammation, Cancer, Digestion

Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger extracts have been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects on cells although it is most commonly used for its digestive health benefits. Far less known is that ginger has at least equal benefit as popular OTC medications for motion sickness and vertigo. It is considered an anti-aging ingredient. MORE on the health benefits of Ginger.

GINSENG – immune, digestive, mood, stress

The name “ginseng” is used to refer to both American (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng), which belong to the genus Panax and have a somewhat similar chemical makeup. Siberian ginseng or Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus), on the other hand, is an entirely different plant with different effects. It is distantly related to ginseng, but it does not contain the same active ingredients. Both Asian and American ginseng contain ginsenosides, substances that are thought to give ginseng its medicinal properties. MORE on the health benefits of Ginseng.


Goldenseal is a small plant with a single hairy stem. It has two five-lobed, jagged leaves, small flowers, and raspberry-like fruit. The bitter-tasting rhizome, or root, is a bright yellow-brown in color, twisted, and wrinkled. Goldenseal can be found growing wild in rich, shady soil in the northern United States, but is now grown mostly on farms.  MORE on the health benefits of Goldenseal.

GRAPEFRUIT – Antioxidant, Blood Cholesterol, Anti-Bacterial, Brain

Pink grapefruits have many times the beta carotene as white grapefruit. Both supply anti-oxidants lycopene and vitamin C along with minerals and minimal calories. Its pectin finer lowers cholesterol.

GRAVIOLA TREE (Soursop fruit)

An alleged superfruit with proven anti-cancer attributes. The fruit, seeds, and leaves have a number of herbal medicinal uses among indigenous peoples of regions where the plant is common. There is evidence indicating that the fruit’s extracts selectively inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells by down regulating expression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in vitro and in a mouse model, but the effect has not been studied in humans according to wikipedia. The plant is native to parts of Central and South America. It seems to have similar healing properties to Nopal and Prickly Pear Cactus fruit.


Research demonstrates that green tea guards against cardiovascular disease in many ways. Green tea lowers total cholesterol levels and improves the cholesterol profile (the ratio of LDL cholesterol to HDL cholesterol), reduces platelet aggregation, and lowers blood pressure. Green tea has been found to be helpful: cancer risk reduction, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, immune function and prostate health. The polyphenols in green tea (ECGCs being the most potent) have also been shown to lessen the risk of cancers, stimulate the production of several immune system cells, and have antibacterial properties. Green tea is a naturally rich food source of antioxidants and as such protects the body from “free radicals.” MORE on the health benefits of Green Tea.

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