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Jun 3, 2012

Medicinal Benefits of Rhubarb

     

Medicinal Benefits of Rhubarb- Interesting part of this article below- The astringent roots from these plants have been used as a purgative for more than 5,000 years since they have such a strong laxative action; and they have also been used for treating burns, dysentery, appendicitis, toothache, various skin maladies and more. All rhubarbs, both culinary and medicinal, are members of the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae), and the name is believed to have originated from the Grecian Rha, their word for rhubarb. The medicinal rhubarbs of the past had deeply lobed leaves, while the more recent culinary rhubarbs have huge, heart-shaped leaves with less-defined lobes. From- Grit.com 

Who knew! Lots of great recipes, etc., too in the article.

4 comments:

Leigh said...

OK. I am now officially bummed that it appears I cannot grow rhubarb! I have 2 of 3 plants left, but the stalks never get more than a few inches tall and then peter out. Maybe it's our heat?

Candy C. said...

Uh, so does this mean you shouldn't eat too much rhubarb pie before setting out on a road trip?!?

nancy said...

Leigh are they getting enought light/water/food?

Candy, good point!

Brooke said...

I was hoping you would say it helped morning sickness. :P I have used the juice from the stems to relieve poison and it worked VERY well! The rash was on my face and it was swollen and red. The swelling started to go down about half a day after applying and in 2 days ALL the swelling was gone.

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