Chris Kilham, with Goji Berry, on Oprah.com

5 Plants with Unexpected Healing Properties
by Daria Benedict

Of all the people who go by only one name, Oprah may be the most famous of them all. A celebrated TV host, producer of a popular magazine, and founder of OWN – the Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah has devoted her career to empowering others and giving them hope and inspiration. Working with the Oprah team is a pleasure. They are smart, creative and positive.

Occupying a place on Oprah.com is an honor. This site reaches millions, and it’s wonderful to be part of the mix of experts offering advice to the many who visit. Please watch these videos. They show beneficial botanicals in the field, and they give practical information on how you can incorporate them into your active daily life.

There are 5 individual videos on Oprah.com in the 5 Plants with Unexpected Healing Properties showcase feature. You can visit the main link to watch them all, or you can watch and share them individually. Enjoy!

5 Plants with Unexpected Healing Properties

Chris Kilham, the Medicine Hunter, scours the globe for nature's cures, like berries that treat inflammation and a fruit that fights stress. From the latest superfruits (think Chilean and Chinese berries) to an obscure, blood-red tree sap believed to have skin-healing properties, Chris Kilham, known to many people as the Medicine Hunter, scours the globe to discover safe and effective natural remedies. He is an author and educator and serves on the medical advisory board of the Dr. Oz Show, where he introduces audiences to the medicinal research he has conducted in over 30 countries.

Watch “Goji Berry” on Oprah.com
The perennial, soft, squishy goji berry has been said to fight inflammation and help reduce the risk of serious health problems. The use of goji berries as a medicinally valuable food goes back to the first emperor of China. Also known as Chinese wolfberry, goji is a nutritious snack and a widely used agent in traditional Chinese medicinal formulas for overall health and vitality, liver detoxification and improving eye health. Learn more about Goji on medicinehunter.com

Watch “Schisandra” on Oprah.com
Schisandra berries are considered one of the most beneficial agents in all of traditional Chinese medicine. They are considered an adaptogen, which is a plant extract that is said to decrease cellular sensitivity to stress. Schisandra is also known as the five-flavored fruit. Learn more about Schisandra on medicinehunter.com

Watch “Maqui Berry” on Oprah.com
Medicine hunter Chris Kilham has traveled to the Patagonian region of South America to learn all about the maqui berry, a new superfruit which can be found growing in the wild. Not only is this fruit sweet with lots of flavors but it is also an additive in some Chilean wines. Learn more about Maqui Berry on medicinehunter.com

Watch “Dragon’s Blood” on Oprah.com
If you’ve got a bite, a burn, a sting or an infection, the Amazonian tree sap known as dragon’s blood (for its blood-red color and latex-like consistency) may just bring the relief you need. Watch as Chris Kilham explains why dragon's blood is world-famous for its antibacterial and skin-healing properties. Learn more about Dragon’s Blood on medicinehunter.com

Watch “Rhodiola” on Oprah.com
Chris Kilham climbs to elevations of over 3,000 meters in the mountains of northern Asia in search of his favorite plant: rhodiola. Also considered an adaptogen, rhodiola is a root that can help build strength and boost brain function. Learn more about Rhodiola on medicinehunter.com

April 2013