Herb of the Day: Amaranth


Amaranth:
(Amaranthus hypochondriacus)

Parts used;Aerial parts

Amaranth contains tannins including a red pigment to dye foods and medicines. It comes from the Greek word meaning “unwithering”.As a symbol of immortality, it was used to decorate tombs and images of the gods. Medicinal uses:Amaranth is an astringent herb that is used primarily to reduce blood loss and to treat diarrhea. A decoction is taken to counter heavy menstrual bleeding,excessive vaginal discharge,diarrhea and dysentery. It is also used to gargle to soothe inflammation of the pharynx,also hasten the healing of canker sores.

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