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From the Earth to the Bar - Part 4

From the Earth to the Bar - Part 4

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Published by Kyle Branche
Part 4 - Introduction and 8 entries - Angelica - Coffee - Garlic - Lemon Grass - Peppermint - Raspberry - Sweet Basil - Tea
Part 4 - Introduction and 8 entries - Angelica - Coffee - Garlic - Lemon Grass - Peppermint - Raspberry - Sweet Basil - Tea

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Published by: Kyle Branche on May 03, 2010
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From the Earth to the Bar 
By Kyle Branchewww.KylesCocktailHotel.comSource: Andrew Chevallier’s Encyclopedia of MedicinalPlants
Part 4 – 8 Entries
Angelica – Coffee – Garlic – Lemon Grass –Peppermint – Raspberry – Sweet Basil - Tea
 Angelica archangelica
( Umbelliferae )
Part used
Root, leaves, seeds, stems
Native to temperate regions of western Europe, the Himalayas, and Siberia.Preferably damp sites near running water.Aromatic biennial herb growing to 6 ft, with ridged upright hollow stems,large bright green leaves, and greenish white flowers in umbels.Known as a prized medicinal herb, it is considered one of the mostimportant of the soil. The root extract is considered to be anti-inflammatory.The stems are candied for culinary use, and is one of the herbs used in gin.
– A warming tonic remedy, it improves the blood flow to the peripheralparts of the body – hands and feet. It also stimulates relief frombronchitis and challenging chest conditions. The roots are mainlyused for respiratory conditions, yet all parts of the plant help relieveindigestion and colic.
Coffea arabica
( Rubiaceae)
Part used
– Seeds
Native to tropical East Africa, it is now cultivated in tropical areas worldwide.Fermenting, sun-drying, and roasting create the best quality beans.Evergreen shrub or small tree growing to 28 ft, with dark-green oval leaves, whitestar-shaped flowers, and produces small red fruit, containing two seeds (beans).Caffeine is a strong stimulant and a short-term stimulant as well. In long term,it is thought to weaken the vitality, especially when above moderate consumptionover-stimulates the central nervous system.Ayurvedic medicine states that unripe beans are best used for headaches,and ripe roasted beans for diarrhea. In occasional consumption, it has a beneficialeffect on the nervous system, temporarily improving perception and physicalperformance. It is a powerful diuretic, as it increases heart output and stimulatesdigestive juices.Coffee should be avoided by those prone to acid indigestion, high blood pressureor palpitations, as it may cause a one degree rise in the body temperature of some.
 Allium sativum
( Liliaceae )
Part used
Cloves of the bulb – whole, chopped, or crushed.
Native to central Asia, it is now grown worldwide, by dividing the bulb,and is harvested late the following summer.A bulbous perennial growing to 1–3 ft, with pale pink or green-white flowers.Garlic is a powerful treatment for a host of health problems, such as bronchialinfections, digestive tract, prevents circulatory problems and strokes, and may betaken with conventional antibiotics to support action and ward off side effects.
– Antibiotic, antidiabetic, expectorant, increases sweating,lowers blood pressure, reduces blood clotting.
Lemon Grass
Cymbopogon citratus
( Graminaeae )
Part used
Leaves, essential oil
Native to southern India and Sri Lanka,it is now cultivated in tropical regions around the world.Sweet-scented grass growing large clumps up to 5 ft,with narrow leaf blades and branched stalks of flowers.Lemon grass contains a volatile oil with citral (about 70%) and citronellalas its main constituents. Both have noticeable traits as sedatives.Cultivated for its oil, for use as a culinary flavoring, as a scent, and as a medicine.In the Caribbean, it is regarded as a fever-reducing herb. It also makes asoothing tea, relaxing the muscles of the stomach and gut,relieves cramps, and is safe for children.

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