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

Medicinal Value of Tea Tree {Melaleuca alternifolia}

Also, Known As: Cajeput Tree Melaleuca Manuka Tea Tree The tea tree is not the common tea plant that produces both black and green tea. In fact, leaves of this tea tree are known as Melaleuca alternifolia and belong to the family Myrtaceae that has long been used by the aboriginals as an antiseptic. This tea … Continue reading Medicinal Value of Tea Tree {Melaleuca alternifolia}

Your Medicinal Herb Garden

One of the questions I get asked frequently is what herbs would I recommend for a small medicinal herb garden or for someone just starting out so they don’t get overwhelmed. So that’s what I’m going to cover today. Of course, I don’t know everyone’s specifics. I will have to make a few assumptions – … Continue reading Your Medicinal Herb Garden

Can Turmeric Help Manage Diabetes?

Turmeric has been used for centuries in both food and medicine. The spice is believed to have many potential benefits for the human body. But could turmeric be a new tool to help manage diabetes?Turmeric is the common name for the root Curcuma longa. It is a bright yellow-orange spice that is a staple in … Continue reading Can Turmeric Help Manage Diabetes?

Homemade Medicine

Guide to make your own simple, effective herbal remedies Making our own herbal medicines and body care products can save money and improve our health, and it’s much easier than you may think. If you already make herbal teas, then making infusions, decoctions, tinctures, salves and poultices can quickly become part of your repertoire, too. Don’t … Continue reading Homemade Medicine

Medicinal Rich Tomatoes

The tomato plant (botanical name Solanum Lycopersicum) is a member of the nightshade family. Usually, plants of this species grow to a height of anything between one and three meters (3 to 10 feet) and have a very delicate stem that generally spread out over the ground as well as climbs like vines on other … Continue reading Medicinal Rich Tomatoes

Herbal Medicine – Teas

Tea is a time-honored and widespread preparation method used by cultures around the world today – for at least the past 3,000 to 5,000 years, as well. This makes sense because teas utilize the most popular and available liquid substance in the world: water. Water at its boiling point {212 degrees F} will remove, or … Continue reading Herbal Medicine – Teas

Oak

Quercus alba Also Known As: Gospel Tree Oak Tanners Bark The oak is a mighty and majestic tree that has the aptitude to grow up to a height of 90 feet (30 m), have a circumference of about 33 feet (10 m) and survive for as many as 1000 years! The oak is indigenous to … Continue reading Oak