Get Wild! 5 Steps for Habitat Certification

Want to do your part to help the planet? Turn your backyard or business lot into a certified wildlife habitat that helps protect and promote native plants and species. According to a United Nations report, one million species may be "pushed to extinction" in the next few years due to human impact. As the Center … Continue reading Get Wild! 5 Steps for Habitat Certification

Herb Guide: Cat’s Claw {Uncaria tomentosa}

Also, Known As: Cat's Claw Garabato Saventaro Una De Gato Traditional herbalist and indigenous healers or shamans in South America make wide use of the herb called the cat's claw in their remedies. All types of infectious diseases, many cancerous disorders and inflammations are normally treated using the cat's claw herb by the Ashaninka Indians … Continue reading Herb Guide: Cat’s Claw {Uncaria tomentosa}

Herb Guide: Wild Thyme {Thymus serpyllum}

Also, Known As: Creeping Thyme Mother-of-thyme Wild Thyme The wild thyme is native to the larger parts of Europe where the land is dry. The wild thyme is rare compared to the common thyme's and is farmed extensively. Normally, wild thyme is found growing up to a certain altitude on the Alps, on high plateaus, … Continue reading Herb Guide: Wild Thyme {Thymus serpyllum}

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}

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

The Forager’s: Skunkbush Profile

Rhus trilobata Also, Known As: Aromatic Sumac Basketbush Fragrant Sumac Ill-scented Sumac Scented Sumac Skunkbush Skunkbush Sumac Squawbush Skunkbush (scientific name Rhus trilobata) is a low-growing, bushy shrub belonging to the sumac genus. Also known as sour berry or three-leaf sumac, it grows up to a height of anything between 2 feet and 6 feet. … Continue reading The Forager’s: Skunkbush Profile

Chickweed {Stellaria media}

Also, Known As: Adder's Mouth Chickweed Indian Chickweed Satinflower Scarweed Starweed Starwort Stitchwort Tongue Grass White Bird's-eye Winterweed The plant known as the chickweed is a very fragile appearing herb; as a plant, it is actually a very lusty annual plant characterized by the presence of matted to straight green stems growing in profusion over … Continue reading Chickweed {Stellaria media}

Spring Herb: Sweet Woodruff {Asperula odorata / Galium odoratum}

Also, Known As: Master of the Woods Sweet Woodruff Waldmeister Woodruff Woodward Sweet woodruff (botanical name Asperula odorata) is a perennially growing plant that spreads into clumps reaching a maximum height of 8 inches to 15 inches (20 cm to 38 cm). The flowers produced by sweet woodruff have a sweet hay aroma, which enhances as … Continue reading Spring Herb: Sweet Woodruff {Asperula odorata / Galium odoratum}