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Elder (Sambucus canadensis, s.nigra), known as the “people’s medicine chest”, is one of my favorite allies. In my backyard “elder forest” they grow as something between a bush and small trees at a height of 10-13 feet. In June, I use elderflowers in delicious edible and medicinal preparations, but leave plenty of flower umbrels to […]Read more »
Rosemary Gladstar Discusses Herbs for Depression and Anxiety Video by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Rosemary Gladstar joined us in the garden to share plant wisdoms as part of the Free Herbalism Project. Rosemary discusses the healing properties and uses for Sage and Thyme.” >> For more great videos check out MOTHER EARTH NEWS and Friends on […]Read more »
Sweet spicy Monarda (Monarda fistulosa and sp.) also known as Bee Balm, Sweet Leaf, Red Oswego (red monarda didyma) blooms late June through August, depending upon where you live. In my state, Kansas, early July is the perfect time of year for monarda to be in bloom, because I think the tubular flower appearance resembles […]Read more »
Arthritis can be an excruciating experience for many people, both young and old. You know you have this debilitating disease when you have aching inflammation and an inflexibility of your joints. Pain in the joint can include any part of the joint itself; ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and muscle. Studies show that almost 40 million people […]Read more »
Apothecary museums featuring herbal remedies, such as the Stabler-Leadbeater in Alexandria,VA , are near and dear to my herbal heart. I hope you enjoy their apothecary video tour and find it as fascinating as I do. My father was a pharmacist of 50 years (from 1930’s to 1970’s). Before the advent of over-the-counter commercial products, […]Read more »
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) All mints (Lamiaceae or Labiatae, as they were formerly called) have three features in common: square stems, rolling the stem between the fingers to feel the four sides opposite leaves—each pair of leaves emerges from the same level, on opposite sides of the stem “lipped” flowers—blossoms shaped like open mouths, the upper […]Read more »
Walk along the narrow twisted alleyways of a Middle Eastern souk, or marketplace, past the displays of wicker baskets, abas, knives and gold jewelry. Eventually, you’ll round a corner and be pleasantly overwhelmed by the sights and smells of herbs and spices piled high in the stalls and shops. Bright orange saffron, terra-cotta cinnamon, dark […]Read more »
Did you also know Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) is a lovely medicinal aid? Long used in Chinese traditional medicine, it was primarily for “yin” deficiencies where there was dehydration or lack of fluid due to too much heat in the system. Western herbalist, Matthew Wood in his book, The Earthwise Herbal , offers a very insightful look […]Read more »
The voluptuous violet of spring is such a welcome sight not just in the forest but it is popping up everywhere! For example in mythology, one of the earliest tales of the Greeks told how Ajax slew himself over a cowardly act and where he died leaving drops of blood, violets are said to […]Read more »
The other night I dreamed of the holly bush. If you are a plant person, dreaming about plants is not so very unusual. I have often had dreams with plants or trees as the background to my imagining but this time, the holly bush was front and center. I have no holly growing in my […]Read more »