Honeysuckle – August Flower of the Month.

Lonicera japonica Family: Adoxaceae, syn. Caprifoliaceae This lovely, cascading, woody vine, with its divine scent, is often planted as a landscape attraction. It dazzles the eye with its gorgeous blooms in warm weather and retreats to a pleasant but unremarkable placeholder at other times of the year. Its name refers to the fact that fairies … Continue reading Honeysuckle – August Flower of the Month.

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Honeysuckle {Lonicera caprifolium / Lonicera japonica}

Also Known As, Honeysuckle Jin Yin Hua The herbal plant called the honeysuckle is a climbing plant that can grow to twelve ft - four meters - in length. The plant comes in several varieties, and some varieties are deciduous - example, the L. caprifolium variety - while some are semi-evergreen - the Asian honeysuckle … Continue reading Honeysuckle {Lonicera caprifolium / Lonicera japonica}

Native American Herbs of the Northeast

A look to the past reveals some of the most important plants used by Eastern woodland tribes - and an inestimable connection to nature. My adventure into the historical uses of many Native American plants began when Maine native Kerry Hardy, author of Notes on a Lost Flute: A Field Guide to the Wabanaki, presented … Continue reading Native American Herbs of the Northeast

How to Brew Herbal Sun Tea

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Cool down with delicious, thirst-quenching herbal sun tea. Follow a few simple steps to enjoy a variety of refreshing flavors that are perfect for front porch sipping. Solar tea has never tasted so good.

Fresh organic herbs produce healthier, more refreshing teas, so pick your ingredients straight from the garden or buy from a local grower. All you need to make solar tea is a quart canning jar (good for preserving the herbs’ fragrant oils and properties), water, coarsely cut herbs of choice and sunshine.

To start, toss a half cup to 1 cup of fresh herbs into the canning jar. With practice, adjust this amount to suit your taste and the plants’ nature. Add water, a lid, and a few shakes. Place the jar where it will receive full sunlight, such as on a rooftop, open field or driveway. If possible, give the mixture a couple more shakes throughout…

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The Ultimate Sun and Plant Connection; Summer Sun Tea

Connecting sun, plants and water is one of the easiest ways to bring herbalism into your life during the summer months. As plant lovers, we spend time every day during the seasons connecting personally with the foods & plants in our gardens, and the wild spaces around our homes. But no matter where you are, … Continue reading The Ultimate Sun and Plant Connection; Summer Sun Tea

Apple Extract Does Not Improve Flow-mediated Vasodilation in Subjects with Borderline or Mild Hypertension

Elevated blood pressure (BP) or hypertension causes endothelial dysfunction and increases the risk of coronary heart disease. In experimental models, epicatechin (a flavan-3-ol flavonoid) has been shown to have cardioprotective effects by activating endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and improving endothelial function. The purpose of this single-center, repeated-dose, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study was to test … Continue reading Apple Extract Does Not Improve Flow-mediated Vasodilation in Subjects with Borderline or Mild Hypertension

Almond Intake Protects against HDL Decreases in Normal-Weight Subjects on a Cholesterol-lowering Diet

Reduced saturated fat intake is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, but this dietary change may also cause lower levels of "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. A previous study, the 2005 OmniHeart Trial, found that a diet with higher unsaturated fat intake prevented decreases in HDL cholesterol compared to diets with higher carbohydrate or … Continue reading Almond Intake Protects against HDL Decreases in Normal-Weight Subjects on a Cholesterol-lowering Diet

Friends of Forest Farming

As armies of amateur wildcrafters pluck Appalachian ginseng, goldenseal, and other medicinal herbs to near extinction, a coalition of universities, nonprofits, and "forest farmers" are working on a solution that will not only help preserve these wild herbs but also prevent supplement adulteration. The Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition includes Virginia Tech, Penn State, and … Continue reading Friends of Forest Farming

Pantry Profile: Basil {Ocimum basilicum}

Bright green, tall, and aromatic, basil is a beauty. An ancient plant with a long history and strange folklore, its sweet, peppery flavor has been used for centuries in cuisine and medicine. Basil is native to Africa and Southeast Asia and was eventually cultivated in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Roman scholar Pliny the … Continue reading Pantry Profile: Basil {Ocimum basilicum}

Pantry Profile: Chives {Allium schoenoprasum}

With its bright green stalks and vibrant, lavender-pink and spiky blossoms, chives are a lovely ornamental plant and herb garden staple. Found fresh in the yard in summer and dried in cupboards in the cooler months of fall and winter, chives hold surprising medicinal and nutritional benefits. A member of the Amaryllidaceae family {Amaryllis}, which … Continue reading Pantry Profile: Chives {Allium schoenoprasum}