ASHITABA PLANT (Jonathan O. Dela Cruz III-Courage)
One of the oldest and prominent herbal plants native to Asia, grown in rich volcanic soil is Ashitaba. The herbal plant described like "celery - like vegetable". In China medicinal properties of the plant date back 2000 years, during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and Shogun warriors (1192 -1867). A Chinese book written by Dr. Lee (1518 - 1593) first describes the medicinal value of Ashitaba during the Ming Dynasty. Ashitaba known to purify blood and circulation, cleanse the colon, relieve muscle, joint, and nerve discomfort and enhance lung function. Ability of the herbal plant to grow very fast symbolic by its name Ashitaba, means "tomorrow's leaf". People living on the Izu Islands (volcanic islands of Japan) refer to the Ashitaba herb as "longevity herb" (growing in rugged terrain): Powerful antioxidants, nutrients, and energetic properties. The Ashitaba herb plant contains eleven different types of vitamins and thirteen minerals."Nutritional analysis reveals that 100 grams of Ashitba powder contains the beta - carotene content equivalent to four carrots, the vitamin B2 content equivalent to 28 cloves of garlic, the vitamin C content equivalent to 4 lemons and nine times the amount of iron found in spinach". Also, nutritional content of Ashitaba: Folic acid, vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6 B12 (Usually B12 not found in plants, but obtainable in meats, fish and eggs.) The Ashitaba is a perennial plant that belongs to the Apiaceae family, and it is esteemed by gardeners eager to experience the medicinal benefits and beautify common pots or gardens with the plant. The fragrant herb is smooth and hollow, with tall stems that hold bunches of white flowers. You can buy seeds for this plant in catalogs and online at shops like Horizon Herbs. Another great source is Etsy, where user Natureshapes has Ashitaba seeds for sale. American herbalists use the Ashitaba as an edible medicine. The leaves and roots are considered a...
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