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Part of our series on Herbs and Herbals, this episode focuses on Tulsi (ocimum tenuiflorum) Host: JoAnne Bauman Sponsored by Mountain Rose Herbs Find Tulsi products from Mountain Rose Herbs! Treasure the Benefits of Tulsi – Joanne Bauman – Herbal Living Heirloom Gardener – Holy Basil: The Zen Herb Mother Earth Living – Herb Profile: […]Read more »
Part of our series on Herbs and Herbals, this episode focuses on Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) Host: JoAnne Bauman Sponsored by Mountain Rose Herbs Find Marshmallow from Mountain Rose Herbs! Heirloom Gardener – Healing Mallows JoAnne’s Website: Prairie Magic Herbals Check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Bookstore for more resources that may pique your interests! To see […]Read more »
Part of our series on Herbs and Herbals, this episode focuses on Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Host: JoAnne Bauman Sponsored by Mountain Rose Herbs Find Yarrow from Mountain Rose Herbs! Plant Profile on Mother Earth Living: Common Yarrow JoAnne’s Facebook: Prairie Magic Herbals Check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Bookstore for more resources that may pique your interests! To […]Read more »
One of the most visually interesting plants in my garden is lungwort, Pulmonaria officinalis, in the borage family, Boraginaceae; the flowers are both red and blue and the dark green leaves have white spots, making it an easy plant to recognize. It is low-growing and has spread as a pretty ground cover. Lungwort is native […]Read more »
It is winter across North America and gardens are frozen. Yet we eat vegetables, not all of them imported from warmer regions. Squashes are traditional winter vegetables, with dozens of distinctive varieties. The word squash is from the Narragansett tribe of Rhode Island. European settlers had never seen squashes before and had no name for […]Read more »
Lettuce is one of the most common and recognizable vegetables. And, surprisingly, one we under-use. Lettuce is Lactuca sativa, an annual plant in the daisy family (Asteraceae). Since we eat the leaves before it flowers, we rarely notice the small yellow flowers or the seed heads with whitish wind-carried seeds. The name lettuce is derived […]Read more »
A lot of people take their respiratory health for granted. Sometimes, it’s normal considering that we’re constantly surrounded by car gases, cigarette smoke and other harmful things that can cause our respiratory health to deteriorate with time. Therefore, quitting smoking, staying away from toxic air quality (if possible), and eating and drinking healthily are all […]Read more »
This is the time of year that people with maple trees (genus Acer, maple family Aceraceae) are the envy of their neighbors. Maples, especially American and Japanese maples, turn bright red in the fall. The Many Maple Offerings But, maples have more to offer than that. If the maples are sugar maples (Acer saccharum), of […]Read more »
Dandelions, Taraxacum officinale (sunflower family, Asteraceae) are perhaps the most widely recognized U. S. weed. Huge amounts of money and time are spent killing dandelions. How the Dandelion got its Name No one knows why the scientific name is Taraxacum. In 1600 pharmacists called it Taraxacon, but whether that word is based on the Arabic words […]Read more »
Tulsi, also known as Holy basil or Tulasi (Ocimum tenuiflorum, Ocimum sanctum), grows abundantly in temperate regions of India through the Southeast Asian tropics. Tulsi is India’s most sacred and powerful plant both medicinally and spiritually. Its species name, “sanctum”, refers to this sacredness. In Sanskrit, tulsi means “beyond compare.” Indeed, the leaves smell and […]Read more »