The 2016 A-Z CHALLENGE brought to you by The Letter "D"

Hello! And welcome to the 2016 A-Z CHALLENGE!!

* confetti *

This year, I’m blogging my way through a botanical alphabet

I hope you enjoy your time here and by all means, 
come back tomorrow and see what plant I’m highlighting next! Cheers!!


Devil's Claw
harpagophysum procumbens
aka: grapple plant

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This odd looking plant is native to the Namibian Steppes and Kalahari Desert regions of Africa. It's other name, grapple plant, is as well earned as its better known moniker: it looks like a bony, barbed claw. The strange seed pod grows on the ground and can cause serious damage if stepped on.

Its resemblance to a gnarled hand is made even more remarkable when you know that it is traditionally used to help lessen the pain of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. Devil's Claw is also said to be good for the blood and can help strengthen arteries, making them more elastic. If used for rheumatic pain, it should be noted the root tea must be taken for an extended period of time, depending on the severity of the issue.

Apparently, it is also used as a powerful protection herb and in exorcisms. I guess if you want to banish evil spirits, it helps to look a bit like Cthulhu

photo found HERE


All research references can be found in my Library of Botanical Miscellany

These posts are in NO WAY medical suggestions. They are intended for informational purposes only.
If you are interested in pursuing natural, herbal remedies, get thee to a reputable herb shop (preferably one that is locally and independently owned and operated) and get educated!

Disclaimer II
It’s ridiculous that anyone writing about herbal and traditional remedies should have to put a disclaimer at the end of anything. 
Use your brain and think for yourself! Just as you shouldn't take a pharmaceutical at face value, 
do your herbal research and learn about the amazing plants around us.


  1. I use a cream made with Devil's Claw. It helps with muscular pain.

    The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

    1. Yes it does! A lady I work with took it for some knee trouble and it cleared it up in about a week.

  2. Cool. I hope I never need it for an exorcism. Unfortunately, I already have a daughter is JRA.

    1. *shudder* me too! I have a hard time even writing about demons...don't want to deal with any in person!

  3. Devil's Claw is available in Health Shops in England, I believe

    1. It is! It's also in the States. The health store I work in has it in powdered form and in capsule form. I'm going to make a devil's claw cream and see if it will help my shoulder!


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