Botanical Name: Dioscorea villosa
- English: Colic root, Rheumatism root, China Root
- Ayurvedic: Kaashthaaluka
- Also, known as: Wilde-yam, Igname Indigene, Dioscoria salvatica, Yuma, Devil’s bone, Greater Yam
Habitat: Canada & USA
Parts Used: Root
Yam is the common name for plants of the genus Dioscorea of the family Yam is the common name for plants of the genus Dioscorea of the family, also known as Yam family. Yams are herbaceous vines whose stems twine consistently to the right or left, depending on the species, of which about 600 are known; four are native to the United States and Canada. Yams are among the most important tropical root crops, some kinds being baked, boiled, fried, used in soup or dried and ground into meal. Most species are nutritious. The variety differs greatly in shape, color and size of tubers.
The complicating resemblance of the leaves is misleading. This delicate, twining vine grows in thickets and hedges of Canada and the United States, more prolific in the south. The vine and leaves resemble a Philodendron, with a reddish-brown stem.
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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