Sunday, February 1, 2009

Herbs of the Week

Taxonomic Relatives of the Composite Family

  • Brittlebush Encelia farinosa

  • Globe Artichoke Cynara scolymus

  • Chamomile Matricaria recutita

  • Goldenrod Soidago canadensis

  • Pot Marigold (Calendula) Calendula officinalis

  • Wormwood Artemisia absinthium

  • Yarrow Achillea millefolium

  • Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris

Taxonomy: System of classifying organisms into natural related groups based on shared features or traits.

Composite Family: Relating to or being a large family of flowering plants that bear many small flowers united into compact heads resembling single flowers.

We will take a field trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens for this next class. What I will have to share with you afterwards, I am unsure of-

but I think that it must be about TOXONOMIC RELATIVES OF THE COMPOSITE FAMILY.... :)

Tonight I did some reading from one of my text books "Medical Herbalism" by David Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG.... It named plants containing anticancer compounds, they were listed as follows:

This information was found on page 25

Cuymnosperm Families

Cephalotaxaceae, Podocarpaceae, and Taxaceae

Angiosperm Orders and Families

Magnoliales: Annonaceae

Ranunculales: Menispermaceae

Myrtales: Thymelaeaceae

Celastrales: Celestraceae

Euphorbiales: Euphorbiaceae

Sapindales: Apocynaceae

Liliales: liliaceae

The World Health Organization (WHO) website

This organization supports and actively promotes traditional medicine. The Traditional Medicine Program was established by the WHO in 1977. Traditional medicine would include ayurveda and traditioanl Chinese medicine and is knowledge based on the experience and observation of generations.

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