Food as Medicine: Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica, Urticaceae)

Urtica dioica (Urticaceae) is commonly known as nettle, common nettle, or stinging nettle. The species is an herbaceous perennial with a spreading growth habit. Growing 4-6 feet tall, stinging nettle produces numerous erect and wiry stems that hold up its opposite, roughly textured, serrated leaves.1-4 It produces small, inconspicuous greenish-brownish flowers that emerge as axillary inflorescences.2 The stems … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica, Urticaceae)

Herbal Healthwatch, September 2018

Rhodiola Relieves Stress Rhodiola {Rhodiola rosea} is a perennial groundcover that grows in some of the harshest conditions on Earth; the Arctic regions, from Scandinavia to Siberia. For centuries in Russia, Rhodiola enjoyed a folk reputation as a while-body strengthener or tonic. After World War II, Russian researchers added it to the short list of … Continue reading Herbal Healthwatch, September 2018

Nettle {Urtica dioica}

Also, Known As: Chinese Nettle Common Nettle Common Stinging Nettle Great Nettle Great Stinging Nettle Hsieh-tzu-ts'ao Nettle Stinging Nettle The herb known as the nettle is a small plant reaching about two to three feet in height with an erect stem; it bears dark green leaves that are marked by serrated margins. The nettle gives … Continue reading Nettle {Urtica dioica}

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

Natural Allergy Remedies

'Tis the season for sniffling, sneezing and itching. Breathe easier with these medically proven natural allergy remedies. Allergies plague millions of people, and many only get marginal relief from drugs, which can also have frustrating side effects. Natural allergy remedies, however, often have fewer side effects, and can combat allergic reactions to plants. if you or someone you … Continue reading Natural Allergy Remedies