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What are common plant allergens?

What are common plant allergens?

Ragweed: Ragweed, mulberry, sage grasses are some of the more common plant allergens. ...Read more

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Could dry potato seeds be planted?

Good question: But necessarily one that a physician would be able to answer. ...Read more

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Are poinsettias or any other holiday plants poisonous?

Are poinsettias or any other holiday plants poisonous?

Yes: Eating poinsettia leaves can cause nausea and vomiting in adults and children. (as can cedar bark and pyracantha.) the sap can cause an allergic rash. Definite poisonous holiday plants include mistletoe, holly, amaryllis, daffodils, jerusalem cherry, and lilies. ...Read more

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What plants are poisonous or dangerous in the backyard?

What plants are poisonous or dangerous in the backyard?

Too many to list: There are a multitude of plants that have toxic parts that if eaten will create problems. It's a good idea to know what is in your yard and investigate the specifics. A great resource is the texas poison cotrol page at www.Poisoncontrol.Org also 1-800-222-1222. The page has a search feature with plant photo's to help you identify common plants of interest. ...Read more

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What is plant sterols and stanols good for?

What is plant sterols and stanols good for?

Phytosterols: Plant stanols and sterols are substances found naturally in plant foods -- including fruits, vegetables and vegetable oils, nuts and seeds. Their chemical structure looks a lot like cholesterol, and they can prevent the body from absorbing cholesterol in the intestines. Either in food or supplement form, they can lower LDL cholesterol levels. http://tinyurl.com/mkr6v99. ...Read more

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What are useful medicinal plants in ayurveda?

What are useful medicinal plants in ayurveda?

Fascinating: For scientific physicians, ayurveda is a prescientific medical system developed by people observing and making educated guesses. From my own reading, myrrh, ginseng, garlic, and ginko have interesting pharmaceutical properties. Most of us could not recommend them as supplement though some people do use them. Don't use ayurveda in place of evidence-based rx if you are seriously ill. Thanks 4 asking. ...Read more

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How poisonous are elephant ear plants?

How poisonous are elephant ear plants?

Poisonous: Elephant eat plants contain high concentrations of oxalic acid. Eating the leaves and stems causes irritation and severe burning in the mouth, lips and gastrointestinal tract. The mouth, tongue, throat and esophagus will begin to swell, which can cut off the victim's airway. Vomiting, nausea and diarrhea can occur too. Emergency care is needed if pets or people eat this plant. ...Read more

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