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7 Medicinal Plants You Can Use to Benefit Your Health

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Source: http://www.the-open-mind.com

By: Jade Small

Before there was modern-day medicine and its pharmacopeia of synthetic drugs, there were plants, and ancient civilizations knew how to use them strategically to treat common ailments and even life-threatening diseases.

Below is an excellent starting point to learn how to harness the power of medicinal plants. This is only a small sample, of course, and once you get your feet wet, you’ll likely be inspired to explore more and more uses for these healing wonders.

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Subhana’llah: Carnivorous Plant – Sundews (IMAGES)

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info-pictogram1 Sundews are beautiful, carnivorous plants that eat insects. Carnivorous plants are usually found in one or two regions, but the approximately 130 species of sundew plants grow all over the world.

Subhana’llah: Cactus (IMAGES)

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info-pictogram1 There are 1,500 to 1,800 species of cacti. Each species for the most part fall into one of two core cacti categories, these being opuntias or cactoids. One of the most impressive feature of cactus is that this plant serves as a natural water reservoir. The liquid stored in it is not clear like water, but looks like a thick viscous substance. This liquid is absolutely safe for human consumption. It can be obtained for drinking by scratching or making a hole in the columnar cactus. This fluid has saved several lives in the desert regions.

Subhana’llah: Carnivorous Plant – Dionaea Muscipula (IMAGES)

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info-pictogram1 Carnivorous plants can live on the ground or in the water. Just like other plants, carnivorous plants obtain energy in the process of photosynthesis. They absorb sunlight and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to create food (sugar). Lifespan depends on the species, but some carnivorous plants can survive up to 50 years in the wild.

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Subhana’llah: Tacca Chantrieri (IMAGES)

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info-pictogram1 Tacca chantrierei is native to tropical regions of Southeast Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, and southern China: particularly Yunnan Province. They are understory plants, so they prefer shade (at least 60%). They grow best in well-drained soil with good air circulation, but they prefer high humidity, and need a lot of water.

Subhana’llah: Lavender Fields (IMAGES)

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info-pictogram1 Nectar from lavender plants are used to make high quality honey. Lavender comes from the same family as mint. The scent of lavender deters mice, flies, mosquitoes and other pests from the area. It is one of the most fragrant and highly versatile herbs that you can grow. As you may already know, lavender is used in essential oils, perfumes, in aromatherapy, in traditional herbal medicine and in the kitchen as a culinary herb.

Subhana’llah: Lamprocapnos (IMAGES)

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info-pictogram1 Also known as the Heart Flower. Native Range: Siberia, Japan, northern China, Korea. This plant prefers moderate shade and rich, moist soils.

Subhana’llah: Dahlia Flower (IMAGES)

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info-pictogram1 Dahlia flower season begins in early spring and continues though summer into early fall.

Carnivorous Plants Lure Insects Into Their Deadly Clutches (VIDEO)

info-pictogram1 These carnivorous plants make light work of any insects that stray into their deadly clutches. This set showcases an array of bug-eating plants, from the Venus flytrap – beloved of children the world over – to the Cape sundew, which lures insect life in with drops of sweet-smelling fluid on the highly-adhesive tentacles that line its leaves. Surrounding tentacles then move to further ensnare the insect, before glands on the leaf start to release digestive enzymes – liquefying the insect’s internal organs and allowing them to be digested by the plant.