Plant Detective show

Plant Detective

Summary: Flora Delaterre, plant detective, investigates one medicinal plant per program, including recent science, traditional uses, efficacy, risks, and lore. Delaterre's investigations take her around the globe, from Sri Lanka to Siberia, from the Appalachian Mountains to the rainforests of the Northwest, from research laboratories to your backyard. A production of Montana Public Radio since 1996. Program duration: 1:29


 Medicinal Plants-Kola | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The "Cola" in Coca-Cola--a stimulant loved by desert peoples. Keywords: Kola, nut, seed, West Africa, soft drink, hunger, thirst, fatigue, cotelydon, chew, powder, migraine, herb, medicinal plant, phytomedicinal

 Medicinal Plants-Coca II | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The "Coca" in Coca-Cola; also an ancient anesthetic. Keywords: Bush, Erythroxylaceae, red berry, glossy leaf, chew, surgery, South America, cocaine, stimulant, Sherlock Holmes, recipe, decocainize, medicinal plant, herb

 Medicinal Plants-Coca I | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Relieves hunger, thirst, and fatigue; integral to Amazon culture. Keywords: Coca, Erythroxylaceae, chew, leaf, lime powder, seashells, cocaine, rituals, sacred, currency, ancient, herb, phytomedicinal, medicinal plants

 Medicinal Plants-Khat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Traditional stimulant, illegal in some countries. Keywords: Catha edulis, khat, qat, Middle East, East Africa, shrub, energy, mental acuity, Ramadan, leaf, chew, amphetamine, illegal, phytomedicinal, medicinal plant, herb

 Medicinal Plants-Guarana | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Contains more caffeine than any other plant. Keywords: Guarana, Paullinia cupana, herb, berry, Guarani, medicinal plant, diarrhea, hunger, fatigue, Antarctica, Brahma, soft drink, energy drink, Josta, Pepsi, juice, herb

 Medicinal Plants-Mate | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

A caffeine-containing holly loved in Argentina and neighboring countries. Keywords: Yerba mate, Ilex paraguariensis, mate, digestion, arthritis, headache, liver trouble, DNA repair, vitamins, antioxidant, medicinal plants

 Medicinal Plants-Vanilla | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Fights obesity through less sugar, more flavor. Keywords: Vanilla, Vanilla planifolia, Madagascar, vine, Mexico, pollination, seedpod, digestion, fever, sedative, aphrodisiac, wood pulp, synthetic

 Medicinal Plants-Peppermint/Spearmint | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Ubiquitous flavoring agents & gentle medicine. Keywords: Mentha, Spearmint, Peppermint, digestion, essential oil, cold, flu, gastrointestinal illness, herpes, West Nile virus, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, menthol, antispasmodic, bile, headache

 Medicinal Plants-Black Pepper | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Many traditional uses & stimulates melanin production. Keywords: Black pepper, Piper nigrum, peppercorns, berries, vine, medicine, currency, congestion, urinary disorders, melanin, digestion, phytomedicinal, vitiligo, antioxidant, skin, cancer

 Medicinal Plants-Basil | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Antiseptic, stimulant, and insect repellant. Keywords: Basil, Ocimum basilicum, love, herbs, medicinal plants, eugenol, essential oil, geraniol, anethol, "semer le basilic"

 Medicinal Plants-Allspice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The only major spice from the west, used in many folk remedies. Keywords: Allspice, Pimenta dioica, berries, Mayans, Caribbean, digestion, colic, herb, rheumatism, low energy, cramps, medicinal plants, eugenol, antiseptic, antifungal, mole, sausage

 Medicinal Plants-Clove | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Antimicrobial & anesthetic, but clove cigarettes aren't good for you. Keywords: Clove, Syzygium aromaticum, Indonesia, kreteks, flowerbuds, evergreen tree, oil, dentistry, eugenol, toothache

 Medicinal Plants-Rosemary | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Potentially helpful for Alzheimers and dementia. Keywords: Senility, memory, Rosemary, Rosemarinus officinalis, cooking, cognitive decline, neurotransmission, circulation, rosemarinic acid, antioxidant, pain, herbs, medicinal plants, phytomedicinal

 Medicinal Plants-Thyme | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

So many helpful properties, it's an ingredient in Listerine. Keywords: Thyme, Thymis vulgaris, antimicrobial, antiviral, antispasmodic, courage, recuperation, digestion, pain, ulcer, thymol, upper respiratory infection, airways, lice, scabies

 Medicinal Plants-Cascara | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Effective, safe laxative in moderation. Keywords: Cascara sagrada, "Sacred bark," tree, herbs, constipation, medicinal plants, phytomedicinal, dependence, long-term use, colon cancer


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