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Beet - Beta vulgaris rubra     FamilyCHENOPODIACEAE

Parts Used: Greens, Root.

Properties: Antitumor, Emollient, Nutritive, Rejuvenative.

Internal Use: Acne, Anemia, Cancer, Constipation, Diverticulitis, Dysmenorrhea, Hepatitis, Hypoglycemia, Leukemia, Lumbago, Poor Circulation, Rheumatism, Toxemia.

Internal Application: Beets help normalize the ph of the body, and they also help build the blood.


Topical Application: Mixed with yogurt as a facial mask.

Culinary use: Juice, soup, pickled, salads, baked. Borscht is an iron rich Russian soup made with beets.

Energetics: Neutral, Sweet. Saponiside, phytosterol, betaine, leucine, tyrosine, betacyanin, beta carotene, manganese, potassium, iron.

Contraindications: Can cause stools and urine to be colored red or pink, though this is not harmful. The beet greens are high in oxalic acid and not recommended for those with kidney stones or arthritis.


Comments: Beets are native to the Mediterranean, but are now grown worldwide. The botanical name Beta is derived from the Greek letter in the alphabet, which the bulbous root is thought to resemble. Vulgaris means common. The actual word Beet is from the French bete, meaning 'beast' as ancient cooks were reminded of bleeding animals when cutting up Beets.

Aphrodite is said to have eaten Beets to retain her beauty. In folk magic, if a woman and man eat from the same Beet, they will fall in love. In Africa, Beets