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Deadly nightshade, devil’s berries, death cherries, dwale. No matter what name it goes by, beladonna (Atropa belladonna) is one of the most poisonous herbs in the world. From suicide to murder, belladonna has been a favorite tool for centuries to bring about a quick (and unpleasant) death. Lethally beautiful, belladonna is an annual plant that grows about […]Read more »
Usnea is a really cool herb! It is a lichen that grows on trees and you can find tons of it where the air is cleanest. We found enough for everyone at the retreat up in Highlands. Of course we did not pick it off the trees, that is a no no!!!! Many tree branches […]Read more »
It is once again time to ferment. Here is a simple and versatile recipe for making sauerkraut, with herbal options!To view a list of classes and workshops with Linda Conroy on fermentation, traditional food, including cheese making as well as classes on herbalism and health Click here Ingredients -cabbage -shredded carrots or burdock root (optional, […]Read more »
I’m not sure where everyone who posts is located, but here in Illinois we have experienced a very unusual summer. June was the wettest on record, most farmers couldn’t get out into the fields after June first. July the rains stopped, almost completely. The Rosemary I planted in May didn’t start growing till July. It’s […]Read more »
This year I grew some new plants, Boneset being one of them. It was soooo easy to grow from a plant that I purchased in North Carolina. I harvested the aerial parts(all parts above the soil) and have it drying on a rack in my kitchen right now. Boneset is a must have […]Read more »
Hops (Humulus Lupulus), is a vining, perennial plant native to most Northern temperate regions, with three varieties native to North America. I was surprised when I recently discovered that it is related to stinging nettle, though I had already heard that hops and cannabis (including hemp and marijuana) are cousins, both being in the family […]Read more »
Let me start out by saying that I’m not a medicinal herb farmer on a commercial scale, though I grow and use many medicinal herbs as an herbalist and owner/producer of an herbal body care business, Blue Lotus Botanicals. The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer, written by Jeff and Melanie Carpenter (Melanie is the stepdaughter of […]Read more »
Comfrey (Symphytum officianale) is an attractive and useful plant, with large, hairy leaves and bell shaped, purplish flowers. Native to Europe and temperate parts of Asia, it is in the same family as borage and forget me not. Comfrey can be grown almost anywhere and in most types of soil, but is happiest with some […]Read more »
Salad dressing is something I have not purchased in a very long time. Back when I did purchase it, the ingredient list, no matter how “organic”, always contained something I had concerns about. As a result, I began making my own dressing and will never turn back. It is so simple and one of the […]Read more »
Hypericum perforatum or better known as St. John’s Wort is a great example of what happens to a herb when only one of its properties, not even its best, is over emphasized. After a quick Google search, the top 10 entries all discuss St. John’s as an “anti-depressant” when in fact traditionally, it is better […]Read more »