Our Pantry Profile: Rosemary

Rosemary {Rosmarinus officinalis} The name Rosmarinus loosely translates to "dew of the sea," given to rosemary because of its affinity for the wind-swept cliffs of the Mediterranean coast, where it originates. Beloved for centuries for its aroma and health benefits, this strongly aromatic member of the mint family is now cultivated worldwide. Greek scholars wore … Continue reading Our Pantry Profile: Rosemary

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

Getting to Know Lyre-Leaf Sage

Having fallen into disuse, this North American species is making a comeback thanks to some notable herbalists and a nod from the Herb Society of America. Graceful, light-blue wildflowers border the roads and cover swaths of meadows in periwinkle, from the Mid-Atlantic to Missouri and from Florida to Texas. Known as "just a roadside weed" … Continue reading Getting to Know Lyre-Leaf Sage

Southwest Gardening: Sacred Mesquite ~Recipes

Mesquite grows well in desert areas from the southwestern United States to the Andean regions of South America. Traditionally, native peoples of the Southwest depended on mesquite. It provided food, fuel, shelter, weapons, medicine, and cosmetics. As times changed, and as refined sugar and wheat flour became staples, the role of mesquite was diminished. Mesquite … Continue reading Southwest Gardening: Sacred Mesquite ~Recipes

The Power of Pungent Herbs

Energetically warming herbs and spices can help us spark a little fire in the body by improving digestion, boosting circulation, moving out congestion, and more. Not only that, they're readily available in our pantries, lending themselves to some tasty medicine. When it comes to herbal flavors and actions, many of our most potent and memorable herbs … Continue reading The Power of Pungent Herbs

The Health Benefits of Alfalfa

We grow and cultivate alfalfa as a commercial crop, to feed our livestock and as well, I grow some around the house. I make sprouts, a herbal tea and I love the gorgeous little flowers in the late spring, early summer. Medicago sativa Also, Known As: Alfalfa Buffalo Herb Lucerne Mu-su Purple Medic Alfalfa is a … Continue reading The Health Benefits of Alfalfa

Sage for Sore Throats

My grandma used to keep a cup of sage gargle by the sink every time one of us kids would get a cold or a sore throat. Little did she know that years later, science would back up her folk remedy as not only being pain-relieving but also as having anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Next … Continue reading Sage for Sore Throats

Food as Medicine: Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis, Asparagaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis, Asparagaceae) is a herbaceous perennial with stalks that can grow to several feet in height. Most asparagus is harvested once the stalk reaches 6-8 inches in height. The stalk is the edible portion of the plant, along with its pointed, budlike tip.1,2 If asparagus is not … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis, Asparagaceae)

Edible Spring Greens {Recipes}

Spring Green Salad It’s time to renew. This applies to our outer worlds as well as to our inner worlds. Spring has traditionally been a time to jump-start the liver and gently cleanse our bodies.  The natural world, with its infinite wisdom, provides us with every opportunity to do just this. Bitter and nutrient-packed greens come … Continue reading Edible Spring Greens {Recipes}

Those Medicinal Weeds: Plantain {Plantago major}

Also, Known As: Plantain Ribwort Snakeweed When we talk about plantain, normally the image of a banana plantation conjures up in our mind. But the common plantain is a small wild plant with leaves that grow mostly from the plant's bottom. It is found growing naturally in the lawns, gardens, backyards and along the roads throughout America. The … Continue reading Those Medicinal Weeds: Plantain {Plantago major}