Herb Blurb

Herb Blurb

Keep peppermint within reach to stay cool all summer! Added to iced tea, plain water or a frozen yogurt or ice cream treat, this herb will provide more than a tickle on the taste buds. Peppermint has the strongest medicinal actions of the mints, and packs a major cooling punch.…
St. John’s wort, also known as Klamath weed, has a rich history of use, dating back to the first century and recorded by Dioscorides, a well-known Army physician, pharmacologist and botanist, in his 5-volume book, “De Materia Medica.” Its traditional uses are very similar to the current uses in herbalism…
The fragrant blossoms of the linden tree are a sight to behold when in bloom. With a scent compared to jasmine and a honey-like taste, linden flowers are worth keeping on hand for times of stress or overwhelm. Also known as the basswood or lime tree, linden tree leaves make…
Contemplating a garden this year? Calendula will steal your heart with its gorgeous orange and yellow blossoms and its low maintenance growing status. No herb or vegetable garden, large or small, should be without calendula. Also known as pot marigold or garden marigold, calendula officinalis is native to Eurasia and…
Spring has sprung and with such, comes the nettle! Some of us may be very familiar with this seemingly pesky weed from the garden, while others may have grown up running through the stinging nettle patches. Whether familiar or not, this early spring superfood is a valued source of nourishment.…
Many of us seem to be familiar with cooking with olive oil and its many health benefits, and maybe you’re also familiar with its use in cosmetic products, but did you know that the leaf of the olive tree also has a wide range of health benefits? The leaf is…
In this month when we tend to think of things related to our hearts, let’s talk about hawthorn (crataegus oxyacanthoides), an herb that can be your heart’s best friend; specifically, let’s talk about hawthorn berries. Hawthorn berries are known as a heart tonic, or nutritive heart herb, and have been…
If you think you don’t know an herb when you see one, this is a plant that I’m fairly confident anyone could pick out in a field. It’s likely to be one of the tallest of the plants you see, as it often reaches seven feet or more in height,…
We often think of stress as a bad thing: we are “stressed out” because we have too many things to do and it leads to a feeling of burnout or fatigue. But good things can also cause stress: a new home, new baby, vacation, family coming home for the holidays.…
Recent decades have seen an explosion of research supporting the use of fungi in health promotion. Some common actions shared by many medicinal fungi include: balancing the immune system, liver support, anti-tumor, antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, lowering LDL cholesterol, anti-inflammatory. Let’s take a look at some of the readily available mushrooms…
Astragalus has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine in combination with other herbs, such as ginseng, dong quai, and licorice. There are more than 2,000 species of astragalus. Astragalus has been used as a dietary supplement for many conditions, including for diarrhea, fatigue, anorexia, upper respiratory infections, heart…
The pomegranate fruit has a leathery rind (or husk) with many little pockets of edible seeds and juice inside. Since ancient times, the pomegranate has been a symbol of fertility. Researchers have studied all parts of the pomegranate for their potential health benefits. Those parts include the fruit, seed, seed…
Over the thousands of years it’s been cultivated, flaxseed has had a variety of health and industrial uses. Around 500 B.C., Hippocrates wrote about flaxseed being a laxative, and pioneers in North America made flaxseed dressings for cuts and burns. Fiber from the plant is made into linen, and oil…
Aloe vera’s use can be traced back 6,000 years to early Egypt, where the plant was depicted on stone carvings. Known as the “plant of immortality,” aloe was presented as a funeral gift to pharaohs. Historically, aloe vera has been used for a variety of purposes, including treatment of wounds,…
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