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Uva Ursi Uses, Side Effects & Health Benefits

Uva Ursi Herb Overview The uva ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) plant grows throughout the northern latitudes of Europe, Asia, and North America. It is a small groundcover shrub with evergreen leaves and a white-pink flower, which produces a bright red berry. The...
Juniper Uses, Side Effects & Health Benefits

Juniper Uses, Side Effects & Health Benefits

Juniper Berry Overview Juniper (Juniperus Communis) is a shrub that grows across North America, Europe and Asia. There are approximately sixty species of juniper worldwide, which grow primarily in the Northern Hemisphere. Juniper are often used in Traditional Medicine...

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Birch Leaf Uses, Side Effects & Health Benefits

Birch Leaf Uses, Side Effects & Health Benefits

Birch Leaf Overview Birch trees (Betula spp.) are native to Europe, parts of Asia, and the Northern Hemisphere, in northern areas of temperate ecosystems and boreal climates. There are more than fifty species of birch trees globally, nineteen of which are native to...

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European Mistletoe Leaf Benefits

European Mistletoe Leaf Benefits

European Mistletoe Leaf Overview European Mistletoe (Viscum album) is a plant that grows on various trees such as apple, oak, pine, and elm. European mistletoe is not the same as American mistletoe, which is often used as a holiday decoration. It is Traditionally...

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Skullcap Herb Benefits

Skullcap Herb Benefits

Skullcap Overview Skullcap, also known as scullcap, is the common name for Scutellaria, a variety of flowering plants in the mint family. Derived from the Latin word scutella, which translates to "little dish," skullcap grows a cluster of tiny purple flowers with a...

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Hawthorn Herb Benefits

Hawthorn Herb Benefits

Hawthorn Overview Hawthorn (Crataegus sp.) is a common thorny shrub in the rose family, with small white, red, and pink flowers that bloom in May. Herbal medicines containing hawthorn leaves and flowers have been used for centuries, commonly made into a liquid as part...

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