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Traditional Healing Herbs and Medicinals

Yanawana Herbolarios

Hosted on October 24, 2018

By Maria Turvin

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Materia Medica


Common name: Prickly pear, pear cactus, nopal, nopali

Botanical name: Opuntia spp

Family: Cactaceae

Parts Used: Pads, flower, fruit

Medicinal actions: mucilaginous, mucosal vulnerary, drawing, hydrophilic, flocculent, quorum disrupter

Traditional uses: blood sugar support (prebiotic) mucosal support (mouth, upper airway, digestive & GU tract), sinus and upper respiratory infections, stomach ulcers, GERD, diverticulitis, UTI’s, burns, boils and abscesses, cellulitis, inflammation

Traditional preparation: flower syrup, cooked pads, pickled pads, dehydrated pads, lozenge, tincture, glycerin, smoothie, cold decoction, honey infusion, oil/salve, juice, jam, poultice

Contraindications & Precautions: watch out for the glochids when processing, too much raw pad may cause stomach upset


Common name: Maypop, passionflow...

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