Plant: Cayenne Pepper

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Taxonomists have only recently begun to agree regarding classification of the domesticated species of Capsicum. Although five species are described, only two, C. annuum and C. frutescens have any significance commercially in the U.S.A. Of the two, C. annuum is the most important domesticated species in the U.S.A. The only C. frutescens pepper of any significance is Tabasco. The Tabasco pepper is difficult to cross with C. annuum types. Hot peppers may belong to any of above species and others. The C. chinense varieties, Habanero and Scotch Bonnet, are considered the hottest. Continue reading “Plant: Cayenne Pepper”

Plant: Aloe Vera

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The aloe plant originally came from Africa. The leaves, which are long, green, fleshy, and have spikes along the edges, are used medicinally. The fresh leaf gel and latex are used for many purposes. Aloe latex is the sticky residue left over after the liquid from cut aloe leaves has evaporated.

More than 200 known species of aloe exist. The term “aloe vera” translates from Arabic and Hebrew to mean a “true shining, bitter substance.” The succulent leaves are the part of the plant that’s most often used. The flower may also be used. Continue reading “Plant: Aloe Vera”

Herb: Cat’s Claw Bark

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Cat’s claw has been used for centuries by Native Peruvians, and now you can get this effective herb as a supplement or extract. The alkaloid constituents in cat’s claw bark help support immune system wellness and digestive health. Cat’s claw grows wild in Central and South America, especially in the Amazon forest. It is a tropical vine that has small curved spines on the stem at leaf juncture. Continue reading “Herb: Cat’s Claw Bark”