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Geo 3427 2nd take home exam-2!!!!!!@@@ - John Tuerk- Newman...

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John Tuerk- “Newman” Geo 3427 Plants, Health, and Spirituality Second take home essay exam Explore the origins and uses of turmeric. Mention items in the presentation of Anisha Mehta and Rafael Yaniz. Tumeric( Curcuma longa) a plant native to south Asia is used in many parts of the world for various uses. The plant grows wild in forest of south East Asia. .Commonly used as a spice in curries, turmeric is also used for its yellow color for dyeing. Part of the ginger family the active ingredient curcumin, is best known for Indian saffron and as an alternative to the expensive saffron spice. In Pakistan it is used for its anti-inflammatory properties, and also has been used to treat cuts, burns, ace creams, vitamin e, and as an antibacterial. Mentioned in the presentation, turmeric was given to Anisha’s little brother to get rid of an allergic reaction to milk and wheat. 2. Examine the various uses of St. Johns Wort. Where is the plant native to and in which country is it most used and for what? Mention items in the presentation of Ethan Lawrence. St. John’s Wort ( Hypericum perforatum) , also known as Tipton’s weed is indigenous to Europe, but is now introduced to many temperate areas of the world growing in meadows. The perennial plant is often used for treatment of depression, especially in Germany it is prescribed to children and adolescents for treatment of mild depression. It is also used to treat anxiety, upset stomach, insomnia, fluid retention, and hemorrhoids. It is also used topically on skin for the treatment of nerve and muscle pain, wounds, and burns. Some of the negative side effects of St. John’s Wort include sensitivity to sun light, rash, and constipation. The plant is native to Europe, West Asia, North Africa, Madeira and the Azores, and is naturalized in many parts of the world, notably North America and Australia. Growing rapidly and ravenously the plant is toxic to cows and sheep.
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3. How are essential oils from certain plants prepared and how are they used. Examine some of the plants with useful essential oils. Mention items in the presentation of Olivia Martin. Essential oils from certain plants is made by a process of using a heat source, holding tank for water, which creates a steam causing the oil to rise and float on top. An example of this mentioned in the presentation was left with hydrosol producing lavender water. This method was thought to be used by Arabic’s, especially using rosemary. Oils are also used by the Ancient Egyptians in embalming practices, and used as perfume in Europe. Uses for these oils also include applying to acne, bug bites, and to cuts as an anti-septic. Also one thing interesting that was mentioned during the presentation that some oils are used in treating anxiety, menstrual cramps, and
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2011 for the course GEO 3427 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at University of Florida.

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Geo 3427 2nd take home exam-2!!!!!!@@@ - John Tuerk- Newman...

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