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Saw Palmetto is a species of palm, native to the southeastern United States, specifically concentrated in Florida and a few surrounding regions. Serenoa repens is a member of the Arecaceae family.
The leaves are 1–2 feet in length and the leaflets that make up the leaf are 20-40 inches long. Because this fan palm usually grows prostrate it generally reach between three and six feet in height, only reaching up to fifteen feet on the rare occasion it grows erect.
Saw Palmetto plants can live for many years, with the oldest plants in Florida estimated to be between 500 and 700 years old. Saw Palmetto grows in sandy soil, producing fruits throughout the summer months and into October.
The fruit is bluish-black when fully ripe. It has a distinctive sweet aroma, with a taste that is described as slightly soapy and acrid. Saw Palmetto Berry was once considered a staple food of the Seminole people and was also used for its healing properties.
Serenoa repens has an affinity for the male reproductive system, being used traditionally to support the prostate. Sometimes being referred to as “the old man’s herb” it was said to help with inflammation of the urinary tract. It combines well with Horsetail and Hydrangea.
How to use:
¼ – ½ teaspoon of Saw Palmetto Berries to one cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Cautions & contraindications:
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.