Learning about folk medicine is never-ending. There is and will always be something out there, some natural remedy or plant, that has yet to be discovered.
Now, I am knowledgeable in most natural ingredients used in folk medicine, however, I just “discovered” a few new ingredients that I have never heard of – until now: mace, lavendin, and superoxide dismutase.
Mace: I found mace in one of the seasonings that I use to flavor coffee. Now, THIS type of mace is not to be confused with the anti-stranger danger spray: this type of mace originates from the nutmeg tree.
Although it is similar to nutmeg in correlation with folk medicinal uses, (ex: cold and flu prevention, reducing instances of anxiousness, topical pain reliever, etc) it is different.
Mace is a bright red-orange color while nutmeg is brown and the taste of mace is more on the peppery side than nutmeg (which has a sweeter flavor).
Lavendin: Lavendin was listed as one of the ingredients for a soap I purchased. While reading it I thought it was supposed to read lavender and was misspelled – which had me jump to conclusions about the quality of the soap; until I started to investigate.
Lavendin is not misspelled, it is actually a cross between two different types of lavender plants: lavender as we know it (which is called True Lavender) and another type of lavender known as Spike Lavender.
Lavendin is used in a similar manner as Lavender: it helps with coughs, can establish a calming mood, prevent skin infections and can be used to beautify the skin.
Superoxide Dismutase: I found this in a multivitamin I am currently taking. Superoxide Dismutase is an enzyme that every human has in their cells.
Not only is the enzyme internally produced by humans, but most fruits and vegetables also have this enzyme (ex: apples, avocados, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, tomatoes, etc).
The purpose of this enzyme is to speed up chemical actions and to destroy free radicals within the body.
Are you familiar with the above ingredients? Also, what other herbs or naturally occurring ingredients have you just discovered and are now using?