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:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also, for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
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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