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Plantains, especially common plantain, Plantago major, and lanceleaf plantain, Plantago lancelolata, are very common plants, so common they usually go unnoticed. They’re small plants (up to 20” tall, often much less) with flat leaves and distinctive veins running the length of the rounded (common plantain) or long narrow (lanceleaf plantain) leaves. All the leaves come […]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 »
The world of cosmetics has been blown way out of proportion. There are so many options it can be confusing on where to even begin when you’re looking for a new product and no Herbs that could potentially be helpful to your skin. Not to mention how different each person is, they have a unique […]Read more »
Proper skin care is an important subject for a lot of women, especially once they have reached a certain age. They are looking to maintain the healthy, youthful-appearance of the skin, keeping wrinkles and other signs of aging at a safe distance. If you are interested in enjoying a glowing, imperfection free complexion as well, […]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 »
Do you like turmeric? Have you ever had it in milk? I will share a delicious recipe with you momentarily right after I tell you about some of the amazing health benefits! Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is that orangey root that looks similar to ginger and stains everything yellow. Mustard contains turmeric and you know mustard…it […]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 »
Nettles (Urtica dioica) are one of my absolute favorite herbs. Wait — have I said that already about some other herb? Hey, it’s hard not to love them all. But nettles are definitely my favorite. Aside from being a powerhouse healing herb, it’s one of the most ignored (or feared, depending on how you feel […]Read more »