October Herb of the Month, Safflower

Safflower, Carthamus tinctorius Did You Know? • Safflower produces a thistle-like flower ranging in color from yellow to dark red. • It is one of the oldest cultivated plants, originally grown to use the flowers as coloring agents for food, cosmetics, and textiles. • Safflower garlands were found in Tutankhamun's tomb (around 1323 BCE). • … Continue reading October Herb of the Month, Safflower

Astragalus; Adaptogen Herb for Stress and Balance

What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are herbs that help us adapt to changes and stress caused by physical, biological, emotional, and environmental factors. They can assist in restoring balance within the body and help us defend against both chronic and acute stressors. One of my favorite adaptogens is astragalus. Astragalus (Astragalus Membranaceus) Astragalus is an adaptogenic herb often used in … Continue reading Astragalus; Adaptogen Herb for Stress and Balance

Make Your Own Herb Kombucha

This popular, fizzy beverage provides flavor, health benefits, and an opportunity to use some of your favorite herbs. Learn how to brew up a batch of homemade kombucha. Known as the "tea of immortality" in China, where the earliest recorded use dates back to 221 BCE, kombucha has enjoyed an epic rise in popularity here … Continue reading Make Your Own Herb Kombucha

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

Sage Varieties: Growing Tips and Recipes

The genus Salvia contains a staggering range of species suitable for every garden use under the sun—and in the shade. But for cooking, none can rival common garden sage (Salvia officinalis) and its cultivars. Sage has long been valued for its contributions to the cook’s palette of flavors. Its robust piney aroma and earthy flavor complement many ingredients. Sage … Continue reading Sage Varieties: Growing Tips and Recipes

Create Your Own Apothecary

Herbal Tinctures for Health and Well-Being They may be small, but these extracts pack a powerful herbal punch. Discover the multiple benefits of tinctures, and how to make and use them to stay healthy. Crafting stellar herbal remedies in your kitchen that surpass anything you can buy in stores is easy and fun. The basic … Continue reading Create Your Own Apothecary

Celebrate Calendula Flowers

Calendula flowers have a sunny disposition in the garden. Use its golden petals in the kitchen and be sure to keep it well-stocked in the medicine cabinet for an array of medicinal uses, including soothing ointments and astringent tinctures. Since antiquity, calendula flowers, or pot marigold, have been used in infusions for many maladies. Since … Continue reading Celebrate Calendula Flowers

Medicinal and Culinary Uses for the Shy Violet

While violets’ delicate blossoms are a treat only for the observant, the plant has enjoyed a long history of medicinal and culinary use. Leigh Hunt, an English Romantic essayist, and poet is the first known author of the phrase “shrinking violet.” In 1820, he published a passage describing a bit of woodland in The Indicator, a … Continue reading Medicinal and Culinary Uses for the Shy Violet

All About Your Heart; 6 Weight-Friendly Juice Recipes

Juicing has become a popular way to boost energy and lose weight. You may have heard juice cleansing radio ads, seen (or bought) expensive juices in the store, or maybe you've even made juice from scratch. But does juicing for weight loss work? Juicing refers to using a juicer or blender to liquefy fruits, vegetables, … Continue reading All About Your Heart; 6 Weight-Friendly Juice Recipes

September Herb of the Month; Annatto

Annatto, Bixa Orellana • An orange-red dye or colorant, flavoring for food and healing agent derived from the seeds of the achiote tree, an evergreen native to tropic and subtropic zones of the Americas • Spiny red fruits contain the seeds and the reddish pericarp that surround the seed contains the annatto or color • … Continue reading September Herb of the Month; Annatto