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Image Alternanthera Sissoo, Brazilian spinach
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Sissoo, also known as Brazilian spinach, or Samba lettuce, is a tropical ground-cover edible.
When eaten in large quantities, they require cooking because of the presence of oxalates.
Often used in salads or added to other dishes as a spinach substitute. Prefers part-shade.
Image BRYOPHYLLUM PINNATUM life plant, pregnant plant, deathless plant
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Native to Madagascar, the life plant grows fast and easily, in most soils, full-sun, it's frost-intolerant.
Dried powder of the leaf of Bryophyllum pinnatum is used to prepare herbal tea for anti- oxidants.
Leaf paste used for wounds, ulcers, piles, bites, burns, anti-inflamatory, and to control bleeding.
Caution if taking Acetaminophen "asprin" medications you shouldn't mix this plant internally,
it may interact or reduce the efficacy of Aspirin. Contains bufadienolide cardiac glycosides,
which can cause cardiac poisoning when taken in large doses, particularly in grazing animals.
anti-HPV activity on cervical cancer cells by downregulation specific DNA binding activity and
suppression of oncogenic expression which was accompanied by inhibition of HPV18 transcription.
The common name 'pregnant plant' comes from baby plantlets that grow from the edges of the leaves,
and easily root when they fall to the ground, or while still hanging on the plant.

Image COFFEA ARABICA, coffee plant
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Originating from highlands of Yemen and Ethiopia, where it is called buna, Coffea Arabica is now rare in Ethiopia.
Gourmet coffees are almost exclusively Arabica Coffee. It's believed to be the first coffee species to be cultivated.

Wild plants grow 30 to 39 feet tall. Does well in cold, but doesn't tolerate frost.
Around three years after planting, they produce small, white, fragrant, flowers.
Pruning prevents over-flowering . Cultivation takes about three to seven years.

Berries begin as dark green foliage, then ripen to yellow, turning light red, and finally a dark, glossy, red or purple.
Typically containing two seeds (beans) ready for harvesting.. Inferior coffee results from picking too early or late.
Image Epiphyllum Oxypetalum, dutchman's pipe, queen of the night, orchid cactus
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Native to Southern Mexico and South America.
Beautiful, fragrant, flowers bloom only at night, and wilt before dawn.
In India it is called Brahma Kamalam, after the Hindu god of creation, Lord Brahma.
It's believed that the wishes of people who pray to God while the flower is blooming will be fulfilled.
Flowers in late spring through late summer; large specimens can produce several crops of flowers in one season.
Very easy to grow, and hard to kill, it grows in full sun or shade.
Image EUPHORBIA PEPLIS, petty spurge, radium.cancer.wart.milk-weed
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Petty Spurge is toxic and not for internal use!
Also toxic to rapidly replicating bad tissue cells.
Traditionally, fresh milky sap is applied onto skin spots to burn off lesions, (non-melanomic) skin cancers, sunspots, warts, and corns.
Native to most of Europe, northern Africa, and Asia, and naturalized in Australia, New Zealand, North America, and other countries.
An easy weedy fast growing annual plant, about 5 to 30 cm tall, with smooth hairless stems, ovate leaves, and blooms green flowers.
GYNOSTEMMA PENTAPHYLLUM, ginseng vine
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five-leaf ginseng, poor man's ginseng, miracle grass, fairy herb, sweet tea vine, gospel herb, southern ginseng,
(kanji: 甘茶蔓; hiragana: あまちゃずる; literally 甘いamai=sweet, tasty 茶 cha=tea, 蔓 zuru=vine, creeping plant)

Native to China, northern Vietnam, southern Korea, and Japan. Known as Jiaogulan (Chinese: 绞股蓝 "twisting crotched indigo plant") in China.
The first known description is in 1406 CE by Zhu Xiao, who presented a description and sketch in the book Materia Medica for a survival food..
Later the book; Compendium of Materia Medica (published in 1578, written by Li Shizhen) presented more of the herbs medicinal properties.
Research in sugar substitutes In the 1970s led to identifying 82 saponins (gypenosides) compared to the 28 (ginsenosides) of Panax ginseng.
Known as longevity herb within Guizhou Province, where the tea is consumed regularly, people are known to have unusually long life-spans.
Antioxidant; Jiaogulan has been found to increase superoxide dismutase (SOD), a powerful endogenous cellular antioxidant enzyme.
Studies found it increases the activities of macrophages, T lymphocytes, and natural killer cells and that it acts as a tumor inhibitor.
Adaptogen; Jiaogulan is known as an adaptogen, which is an herb reputed to help the body to maintain optimal homeostasis.
Its chemical constituents include the triterpenoid saponins gypenosides which are closely structurally related to the ginsenosides which are present in ginseng. Most research has been done since the 1960s when the Chinese realized that it might be an inexpensive source of adaptogenic compounds, removing pressure from the ginseng stock. Purported adaptogenic effects include regulating blood pressure and the immune system, improving stamina and endurance. Jiaogulan is also believed to be useful in combination with codonopsis for jet lag and altitude sickness.
Blood pressure; The adaptogenic nature of gypenosides have been found to keep blood pressure in a normal range. In vitro studies indicate that jiaogulan stimulates the release of nitric oxide in isolated heart cells; this is one proposed mechanism by which jiaogulan reduces high blood pressure. In a double-blind study, gypenosides administered to those with Grade II hypertension showed 82% effectiveness in reducing hypertension, compared to 46% for ginseng and 93% for indapamide (a hypertension medication).
Cardiovascular functions; has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, increasing heart stroke volume, coronary flow, and cardiac output while reducing the heart rate, without affecting arterial pressure.
Cholesterol reduction; Numerous clinical studies in Chinese medical literature have shown that jiagolan lowers serum cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL (the "bad" cholesterol) while raising HDL ("good" cholesterol) levels, with reported effectiveness rates ranging from 67% to 93% on over 980 patients with hyperlipemia.
Diabetes; Gynostemma pentaphyllum tea has been studied in a randomized controlled trial in type 2 diabetic patients. It may have potential as a hypoglycemic treatment to reduce blood glucose.
Image GYNURA BICOLOR, Okinawa spinach
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Native to the Philippines, Thailand and China.
A perenial, spreading, ground-cover, vine.. Grows in full shade or sun.
In the same genus as longevity spinach (Gynura crepiodes) and Purple Passion (Gynura aurantiaca)

Gynura contains many bioactive constituents, such as alkaloids and steroids, which
lower cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar levels, and high blood pressure, etc.
treatment for weight loss, inflammation, rheumatism, viral infections, diabetes II.

Gynura may prevent and treat hypertension by increasing nitric oxide production in the blood vessels.
Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels allowing for a smoother blood flow, and anti-inflammatory effects.
Leaves and young stems can be eaten raw or cooked. Add to salads, sandwiches, soups, smoothies, teas.
HEIMIA SALICIFOLIA and HEIMIA MYRTIFOLIA, sun-opener, sini
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Native to the southwestern United States, through Mexico and Central America to Argentina.
Common names include shrubby yellowcrest, sinicuichi, sun opener, willow-leaf heimia, sini.
The plant has been used for shamanic purposes by natives in Central America and Mexico.
Fresh leaves were collected and allowed to wilt., and put into a cup of cool water, then set in the sun for 24 hours.
It's said that during the process, knowledge of the sun is embedded into the potion, creating the "elixir of the sun."
Image Justicia Pectoralis, tilo
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Leaves have pleasant smell of vanilla.
Used as a relaxant and general tonic.
Image Peristrophe Bivalvis . magenta leaf
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Magenta leaf, also known as 'la cam' in Vietnamese, is used as a natural food coloring.
Simmering leaves in water produces purple color, and the liquid can be concentrated.
Traditionally used in sticky-rice dishes, it has no flavor, it could be used in many ways.
Likes growing in full - part shade, moist soil, in the ground or pots, protect from frost.
Image Seline Capensis, african dream root
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Native to the eastern Cape of South Africa, Silene Capensis is a sacred plant to the Xhosa people, known as "iindlela zimhlophe" translated; “white ways/paths”
The Xhosa believe that their ancestors could be contacted through dreams, so they use S. Capensis to dream of assistance and advice from them (Voogelbreinder 2009, 365)
Most often used during the initiation of shamans. Roots are traditionally used to induce vivid, prophetic, and lucid dreams, and larger amounts are used to induce purguing.
Fragrant white flowers open at night and close in the day, suggesting it's oneirogenic properties. A perennial, tolerant of extreme heat, (104 °F), and moderate cold, (23 °F)
Image Dream Herb (Calea ternifolia var. calyculata)
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both varieties available

syn. calea ternifolia, bitter-grass, Mexican calea, and dream herb.
The Zoque Popoluca people call this plant tam huñi ("bitter gum")
and use it as remedy for dysentery, asthma, stomachache, fever...

The Chontal people of Oaxaca use the plant, known as thle-pela-kano,
during divination for clarity, and in helping to remember their dreams.
Image Purple Velvet Plant (Gynura aurantiaca 'Purple Passion')
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Bright, fluorescent, purple, velvet, hairs, cover these beautiful plants.
Closely related to longevity spinach, and Okinawa spinach, it's edible.
Image Longevity Spinach (Gynura procumbens)
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Native to the Philippines, Thailand and China.
A perenial, spreading, ground-cover, vine.. Grows in full shade or sun.
In the same genus as Okinawa spinach (Gynura crepiodes) and Purple Passion (Gynura aurantiaca).

Gynura contains many bioactive constituents, such as alkaloids and steroids, which
lower cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar levels, and high blood pressure, etc.
treatment for weight loss, inflammation, rheumatism, viral infections, diabetes II.

Gynura may prevent and treat hypertension by increasing nitric oxide production in the blood vessels.
Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels allowing for a smoother blood flow, and anti-inflammatory effects.
Leaves and young stems can be eaten raw or cooked. Add to salads, sandwiches, soups, smoothies, teas.
Image Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)
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Once the main source of caffeine, and the most important plant of trade for Native Americans of the South-East.
Used casually, and in male-only unity and cleansing ceremonies. The leaves and stems were brewed into dark tea.
Known as 'black drink' ceremonially, tea was concentrated into a dark liquid, that may have included other plants,
which they drank resulting in vomiting and visions from the great quantities of the beverage coupled with fasting.
As tea or coffee today, un-concentrated tea was drank daily, the active ingredients are caffeine and theobromine.
Fresh or dried leaves can be used. Brew a handful like normal tea. Optional to roast the leaves. Tastes refreshing.
Ilex Vomitoria is a common landscape plant in the South-Eastern United States. Grows well in full sun or shade.

Research shows 4 - 5 times as much caffeine versus theobromine in unfertilized plants.
Fertilizers raise levels of both alkaloids, ending up at nearly equal concentrations.
Theobromine is related to caffeine, while still stimulating, it's more relaxing.
Image Maypop (Passiflora incarnata)
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One of the hardiest species of passionflower, it's a fast-growing perennial vine with climbing or trailing stems, and beautiful flowers.
Edible fruits grow about size of eggs; green at first but turning orange as it matures. Also food for a number of butterfly caterpillars.
Easily cultivated. I've noticed sometimes in the wild they seem to attract a variety of unusual looking orange and black colored bugs.
Many medicinal qualities. Native to Southeast United States. They grow in full sun or part shade, and have a high drought tolerance.

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