Botanical Name: Serenoa repens
- English: Palmetto berry
- Also, known as: American dwarf palm tree, Dwarf palm tree, Dwarf palmetto, Fan palm, Sabal, Sabal Fructus, Sägepalmenfrüchte, saw palmetto, Saw palmetto berries, Serenoa
Habitat: Indigenous to the south-east of the USA, from South Carolina to Florida
Parts Used: Partially-dried ripe fruit
The plant grows from 6 to 10 feet high, forming what is called the ‘palmetto scrub. It has a crown of large leaves, and the fruit is irregularly-spherical to oblong-ovoid, deep red-brown, slightly wrinkled, being from j to 1 inch long and about £ inch in diameter. It contains a hard-brown seed. The taste is sweetish and not agreeable, and the panicle containing it may weigh as much as 9 lb. It has no odor.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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