Caring With Calendula

This vibrant orange blossom pops in the garden add a burst of color to cuisine and is a powerhouse in the medicine cabinet. Learn more about this amazing, autumn-loving species. Brilliantly striking, calendula's gorgeous yellow and deep-orange blossoms bring a smile to both gardener and herbalist alike. In the fall, you'll find this plant gracing … Continue reading Caring With Calendula

Summer Herbals: Estafiate

Artemisia ludoviciana - Estafiate Other names: Western Mugwort, Western Wormwood, Louisiana Sagewort, Prairie Sagewort, Mountain Sage, Simonillo, Itzauhyatl (Nahuatl) Origin: Native throughout the entire western US Energetics: Warm & Dry. Bitter, Pungent, slightly Astringent. Vital stimulant, Tonic Relaxant Properties: Digestive, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Aromatic Bitter, Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic, Decongestant, Sedative, Nervine, Hepatic, Cholagogue, Choleretic, Diuretic, Expectorant, Emmenagogue, Anodyne, Anthelmintic, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic, Anti-fungal, … Continue reading Summer Herbals: Estafiate

Herb Guide: Bay Laurel

Laurus nobilis Also, Known As: Bay Laurel Sweet Bay The herb known as the bay laurel or the sweet bay is native to Asia Minor and the Mediterranean region in general - it is a small evergreen shrub or tree. The early Greeks and Romans admired the bay laurel for its beauty and used the … Continue reading Herb Guide: Bay Laurel

What Is Elecampane?

Inula helenium Also, Known As Elecampane Horseheal Scabwort Elecampane (botanical name Inula helenium) is a tall, bristly perennial plant that is native to south-eastern Europe and western Asia. This herb, which bears yellow flowers resembling the daisy, has been naturalized in North America and is found growing in abundance in the moist meadows, fields and … Continue reading What Is Elecampane?

What Is Eleuthero Root?

Latin Name Eleutherococcus senticosus, Acanthopanax senticosus Common Names Ci Wu Jia, Devil's Bush, Eleuthero, Eleutherococcus senticosus, Russian Ginseng, Siberian Ginseng, Russian Root, Shigoka, Taiga, Thorny Pepperbush, Touch-Me-Not, Wild Pepper Properties Adaptogenic, anti-aggregatory, anti-diabetic, anti-edema, anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative effects on leukemia cells in vitro (Bradley, 1992; Hacker and Medon, 1984), anti-stress (Takasugi, 1985), endocrine, endurance-enhancing, hypoglycaemic, hypertensive, … Continue reading What Is Eleuthero Root?

What Is Ashwagandha {Withania somnifera}?

Also, Known As: Ashwagandha Indian Ginseng Withania The herb known as the ashwagandha is a small plant in the same plant family as the common garden tomato. This plant is a stout shrub which can grow to a height of about five feet-170 centimeters when fully matured. The ashwagandha is similar to the tomato, in … Continue reading What Is Ashwagandha {Withania somnifera}?

Your Apothecary Cabinet: Herbal First Aid Kit…

Being prepared with my favorite remedies gives me peace of mind on the road or trail, and keeps me from having to search out herbal products in an unfamiliar town — or from having to resort to padding my heels with mullein leaves to ease the agony of a broken blister while on a backpacking … Continue reading Your Apothecary Cabinet: Herbal First Aid Kit…

Herb Guide: Senna

Cassia senna syn. Senna Alexandria Also, Known As: Alexandrian Senna Senna The senna plant is a small shrub belonging to the Caesalpiniaceae family. Incidentally, the senna belongs to two genus of Cassia - C. senna is also known as Alexandrina senna and C. Angustifolia that is also called the Tinnevelly senna. While the first variety … Continue reading Herb Guide: Senna

Herb Guide: Echinacea

Echinacea, pronounced ek-i-NAY-see-a, is one herb that has become a “household” name in the 1990’s. Many refer to it as “Purple Cone Flower” because of its large purple daisy petals, which contain a hard and spiny center cone. These spines probably give the plant its name, since sea animals with spines are called “echinoderms”. Echinacea is … Continue reading Herb Guide: Echinacea

Herb Guide: Growing and Using Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis Also, Known As: Compass Weed Dew of the Sea Garden Rosemary Incensier Mary's Mantle Mi-tieh-hsiang Old Man Polar Plant Rosemary Rosemary Plant Rosmarinus officinalis L. (family Lamiaceae), is also known as rosemary. This herb is an evergreen shrub, with lovely aromatic linear leaves. Colored a dark shade of green above and white below, … Continue reading Herb Guide: Growing and Using Rosemary