Friday, 19 April 2013

-Z Challenge --"Q"

Well, Hello there!!! I am so pleased that you stopped by  to visit!
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    For the past many years I have had an interest...no, make that a fascination with herbs, spices and seasonings. - About how they were used by our ancestors centuries ago for a variety of ailments, and how they are used today to enhance your favorite recipe.

With this in mind I am attempting to present a different herb, spice or seasoning  for each day of the  A-Z Challenge. Please drop by often and perhaps we both will learn something new.

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                                              "Q" is for Quassia         
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"Q" is one of the few letters of the alphabet that  presents a bit of a problem with finding an herb that starts with that letter. My options were limited to only one, and as  I could find no documented culinary usages, this one is for medicinal purposes only.

'Q' is for Quassia

Quassia is a plant. The wood is used as medicine.

Quassia is used for treating an eating disorder called anorexia, indigestion,constipation, and fever. It is also used to rid the intestines of 
various kinds of worms; as a tonic or purgative; and as a mouthwash.

Some people apply quassia directly to the scalp for lice.

Rectally, quassia is used for treating worm infestations.

In manufacturing, quassia is used to flavor foods, beverages, lozenges, and laxatives. The bark and wood have been used as an insecticide.( Ahh, think I will avoid any foods flavored with quassia, just sayin')

How does it work?

Quassia contains chemicals that might increase stomach acid and bile secretions, perhaps accounting for appetite stimulant and digestive effects. Other chemicals may have activity against bacteria, fungi, and mosquito larvae.




Sources WebMD.com

Disclaimer

The material provided on this site is designed for information and educational purposes only. The materials are not intended to be a self diagnostic and/or self treatment tool. I encourage you to use this information as a tool for discussing your condition with your health practitioner.    *The medicinal usages are for informational and educational purposes only*
                                      

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