How much do you know about herbal remedies?

Herbal remedy quiz
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There's a whole medicine chest in the garden. Do you know which plants to use for what ailments? Test your holistic herb wits here.

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Black-cohosh
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Black cohosh is:

Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) is popular as an alternative to hormonal therapy in the treatment of menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, mood disturbances, excessive sweating and palpitations.

Question 2 of 15

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Lemon-balm
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Lemon balm has long been used for:

A member of the mint family, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has been used since the Middle Ages to lessen stress and anxiety and ease indigestion.


Question 3 of 15

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Marshmallow root
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The mucilage in marshmallow leaves and roots is used as:

Marshmallow (Althea officinalis) has long been used to soothe mucous membranes, especially the throat.

Question 4 of 15

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Hops
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Hops are used in treatments for:

Hops, the female flowers of the hop plant (humulus lupulusis, best Latin name ever) are used to make beer! They are also used to treat insomnia and in lighter doses for anxiety, nervousness and irritability.

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St. John's wort
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Research has shown St. John's wort is good for treating:

The U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is likely effective for mild to moderate depression as it improves mood and decreases symptoms like anxiety and insomnia. (It's also known for drug interactions, so as with all herbal remedies, check with your doctor first.)

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Thyme
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Research confirms that thyme can reduce:

Science confirms what people have known for generations: Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is good for reducing coughs and can even improve bronchitis.

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Hibiscus
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Early research has shown that hibiscus is likely effective for:

Some research reveals that hibiscus (Rosa sinensis) tea can decrease blood pressure in people with mildly high hypertension. Other research shows that hibiscus extract may be as effective as prescription drugs for reducing blood pressure.

Question 8 of 15

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Garlic
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Garlic is possibly effective as a treatment for all the below except for:

The U.S. National LIbrary of Medicine notes that garlic does not seem to have any effect on blood sugar or cholesterol in people with or without diabetes.

Question 9 of 15

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Chasteberry
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Chasteberry is sometimes called:

Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus) earns its nickname for its use in helping with menstrual cycle irregularities, PMS, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and symptoms of menopause.

Question 10 of 15

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Elderberry flowers
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For centuries, elderberry flowers have been used to treat:

Extract made from flowers of the Elder shrub (Sambucus nigra) have long been valued for boosting respiratory health overall.

Question 11 of 15

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Calendula
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Calendula is popularly used for the benefit of which organ?

Flowers of Calendula officinalis are used to treat a number of ailments, but their primary application is for the skin, where they are used for everything from healing wounds to treating dermatitis.

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Ginger
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Ginger is the number-one natural remedy for:

Not only does it taste divine, but ginger has been used to help digestion and treat sick stomachs for more than 2,000 years.

Question 13 of 15

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Cranberries
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Cranberry is recognized for its help with:

Cranberries appear to be bursting with potential benefits, but their use in combatting urinary tract infections has won them the most health acclaim.

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Sage
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In Germany sage is recognized as a treatment for:

Also good for sore throat, cough and colds, sage (Salvia officinalis) is recognized in Germany as a remedy to treat excessive sweating. It can also help reduce menopausal hot flashes and night sweats.

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Cat and catnip
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In humans, catnip is said to reduce:

That which makes kitties purr the craziest, catnip (Nepeta cataria) is thought to work wonders on human nerves as well.

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