Best Review - Top 5 herbs of Tenerife and the Canary Islands

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enerife and the other Canary Islands,off the north-west coast of Africa, have a wealth of endemic species of herbs. Many of these plants have medicinal and culinary properties and have been used in traditional herbalism and folk medicine.

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Milk Thistle or Mary's Thistle


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Milk Thistle is one of the most important herbs found growing wild in Tenerife and the Canary Islands. Aptly it is also known as the Marian Thistle or Mary's Thistle because the Virgin Mary is the patron of the Canary Islands. As a medicinal herb it is very good for helping to cleanse the system and a tonic for the liver.


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Orobal is related to Ashvaganda


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Orobal or Oroval has also been called Canary Islands Ginseng, which will give you some idea of what an important medicinal herb this plant is. Orobal is related to Ashvaganda and in folk medicine is regarded as one of the most important herbs to be found growing wild in Tenerife and the Canary Islands.


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Canary Island St John's Wort


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Just like the St John's Wort that has been called a natural Prozac and the "Sunshine Herb," the Canary Islands species of Hypericum also has antidepressant properties and is used to treat nervousness and anxiety.


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Fennel is a useful medicinal and culinary herb

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Fennel is a very beautiful plant with its feathery foliage but it is also a very useful herb both for its medicinal properties and in the kitchen. Fennel has a delightful anise-seed aroma to it if crushed gently and the seeds make an excellent herbal tea. Fennel is a very common wild plant found growing on Tenerife and the Canary Islands. It is very popular as a tea and is known as "Hinojo."


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Balm of Gilead grows in Tenerife


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Balm of Gilead is a delightful aromatic herb that grows in wooded areas of Tenerife and some of the other Canary Islands. It has purplish pink flower heads and the whole plant gives off a smell that is like a mixture of camphor, eucalyptus and lemon balm. In Spanish it is known as Te de Canarias, which means Tea of the Canaries. It is very good for chest problems.


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Presented here are five of the most useful herbs to be found growing wild in Tenerife but there are very many more included in the flora of the island. Herbs are very useful both as natural medicines and to improve our cooking.

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