Saw palmetto: A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on saw palmetto

Saw palmetto is a fan palm in the Arecaceae family.

The plant's leaves have a bare petiole that terminates in about 20 leaflets arranges as a rounded fan. Sharp, fine teeth or spines protect the petiole which lend the plant its common name. These protrusions can break the skin easily; and protection should be worn as a precaution when working around a saw palmetto.

Inland, saw palmetto's leaves are light green, though in coastal regions they appear silvery-white. They are 1–2 meters in length, with each of the leaflets being 50–100 cm long. They are similar in appearance to the leaves of the palmettos of genus Sabal.

The flowers of the saw palmetto are yellowish-white and about 5 mm across. They produced in dense compound panicles reaching up to 60 cm long. The plant's reddish-black fruit is a large drupe.

common names & nomenclature
The generic name serenoa is in honor of Sereno Watson, an American botanist active in the later 19th century.

Also known as:
saw palmetto, serenoa repens, sabal serrulatum

Saw Palmetto, the saw-toothed palm of the sea
Saw palmetto: Where in the World
habitat and range for saw palmetto

Saw palmetto is endemic to the southeastern United States, most commonly along the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal plains, but also as far inland as southern Arkansas.

Saw palmetto: Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting saw palmetto

Saw palmetto can be found growing in clumps or dense thickets in warm, sunny, sandy coastal lands or in pine woods as undergrowth.

Saw palmetto prefers a moist but well-drained soil.

The saw palmetto seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a warm greenhouse. It usually germinates freely. Stored seed is more difficult to germinate. The stored seed should be therefore be pre-soaked for 24 hours in warm water before sowing in a warm greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, transplant the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first two winters. Plant them out into their permanent locations in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Saw palmetto berries are picked when they ripen in the fall and may be dried for later use.

Store dried saw palmetto berries, cut pieces of saw palmetto berries, and powdered saw palmetto berries in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Saw palmetto: The Rest of the Story
saw palmetto history, folklore, literature & more

saw palmetto to stimulate the body
The saw palmetto is a North American palm tree that’s been used by Native Americans for thousands of years. At one time it was a staple of the Native American diet providing nutritious berries. However, now it’s used more specifically for health. The berries provide medicinal relief that can benefit you directly.

Saw palmetto acts as a general tonic that stimulates the immune system and provides vitality and energy. But it also works on some specific areas of health that you may be interested in.

If you’re recovering from a serious illness and would like to get your strength back, saw palmetto can restore you to good health. You’ll be able to regain energy and get back to doing the things that make life enjoyable.

People who suffer from wasting syndrome, something that isn’t unusual for people living with HIV/AIDS, will find that saw palmetto can actually help to improve weight gain. This is a great help to a syndrome where weight drops rapidly and can’t be improved by eating more calories.

If you’re having difficulty with your urinary system, you may find that saw palmetto is the answer you seek. It will help to improve the flow of urine from the body. It can also help to counteract the effects of an enlarged prostate. It will help restore your urination to normal levels and relieve discomfort you may be experiencing.

One of the most popular uses of saw palmetto is to increase libido. The herb works well to help to increase the sex drive of men. It also helps to treat impotence. Instead of relying on pharmaceuticals that have unattractive side effects, you may want to consider giving saw palmetto a try.

For women, saw palmetto increases estrogen levels in the body. A result of this can be breast enlargement. Forget plastic surgery—give saw palmetto a shot at helping you to improve your curves. It’s less expensive and less invasive.

Saw palmetto is best used as a tincture or as a tea. It can be used daily to help treat illness and improve health. When you go to purchase saw palmetto, make sure you have a high quality preparation that will give you the most out of the plant. Keep saw palmetto close at hand if you suffer from lack of energy or sex drive. In no time you’ll find that your troubles are over and your good health is restored.