The Basics: Quick Guide to Every Herb and Spice in the Cupboard

INGREDIENT GUIDES FROM THE KITCHEN Ever get coriander confused with cumin? Or wonder just what exactly curry powder is made out of? As much for our benefit as for yours, we've put together this quick reference guide to all the most common (and some uncommon) herbs and spices! Saffron For any herb or spice listed … Continue reading The Basics: Quick Guide to Every Herb and Spice in the Cupboard

Calendula – A Golden Herb for Garden and Kitchen

Known also as the poet’s marigold or pot marigold, calendula brightens garden beds, pots, vases and culinary creations from spring to frost {or beyond} with its sunny flowers. The flowers smell like honey, slightly spicy and woody- reminiscent of fresh rhubarb or angelica flowers- and their flavor is pleasantly mild and vegetable-sweet. Traditionally, the golden … Continue reading Calendula – A Golden Herb for Garden and Kitchen

Cooking for Health

Serving medicine for dinner may not seem terribly appetizing, but most cultures traditionally eat much of their medicine. It may not be a coincidence that nature has provided so many of our medicinal needs in herbs that taste good. When you want to take herbs over a long period of time - either to treat … Continue reading Cooking for Health

Edible Spring Greens {Recipes}

Spring Green Salad It’s time to renew. This applies to our outer worlds as well as to our inner worlds. Spring has traditionally been a time to jump-start the liver and gently cleanse our bodies.  The natural world, with its infinite wisdom, provides us with every opportunity to do just this. Bitter and nutrient-packed greens come … Continue reading Edible Spring Greens {Recipes}

Mexican Mint Marigold

This very ancient herb goes by a variety of common, but somewhat confusing names. ‘Mexican mint’ marigold is the most common, but you’ll also find it listed as ‘Texas’ tarragon, ‘Mexican’ tarragon, cloud plant, Coronilla, winter tarragon, sweet mace, sweet marigold and ‘Spanish’ tarragon. It isn’t, however, related to ‘French’ tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus ‘Sativa’) at … Continue reading Mexican Mint Marigold

Plant Profile: Red Clover {Trifolium pratense}

Family: Fabaceae This all-around wellness herb and blood purifier is a key ingredient in herbal blends popularized during the early 1900's and used in cancer treatment, including Essiac, Dr. Christopher's Red Clover Combination, and the Hoxsey formula. Red clover has been an Old World symbol for luck and abundance since ancient times. And when it … Continue reading Plant Profile: Red Clover {Trifolium pratense}

Plant Profile: White Clover {Trifolium repens}

Also, Known As: Dutch Clover White Clover White clover (botanical name Trifolium repens) is a clover species that is indigenous to Europe, West Asia and Northern regions of Africa. Extensively introduced across the globe, this species is cultivated in the form of a pasture crop and is currently even common in the grassland regions of … Continue reading Plant Profile: White Clover {Trifolium repens}

Endangered Species: False Unicorn Profile

Chamaelirium lutetium Also, Known As: Blazing Star Devil's Bit False Unicorn Helonias Root During the colonial period in North America, people used false unicorn, also known as Liatris (botanical name Chamaelirium lutetium) as a medicinal herb. However, its current use is strictly limited to being an ornamental plant. In fact, false unicorn is preferred by … Continue reading Endangered Species: False Unicorn Profile

The Forager’s: Life Root Profile

Senecio aureus Also, Known As: Cocashweed Coughweed False Valerian Golden Ragwort Golden Senecio Liferoot The herb known as the life root is a perennial wildflower species of the daisy family of plants - Asteraceae; it reaches about half to two m in height. A small rosette of basal leaves approximately six to eight inches across … Continue reading The Forager’s: Life Root Profile

Plant Profile: Black Haw

Viburnum prunifolium Also, Known As: American Sloe Black Haw King's Crown Sheepberry Snowball Tree Stagbush The American plant known as the black haw is native to the American continent, and it is believed to have been in traditional use for the preparation of many types of herbal remedies as well as a source of food … Continue reading Plant Profile: Black Haw