Herb of the Day: Strawberry Leaf

Strawberry leaves are delicious and make a fantastic tea and extract. High in vitamin C, iron, calcium, and antioxidants the big, beautiful strawberry leaves are worth holding on to.

I don’t know about you, for me a bright red strawberry ready to be harvested screams “summer!” The delicious little berries are a favorite worldwide and are quite easy to grow.  Most people ignore the nutritious leaves on the strawberry plant, however. Strawberry leaves are delicious and make a fantastic tea … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Coltsfoot

This beautiful member of the daisy family is frequently found in wasteland areas and typically written off as a weed. Often confused for dandelions, coltsfoot has a similar appearance but one unique feature- the leaves appear after the plant flowers.

Meet yet another plant that grows just about anywhere, coltsfoot!  This beautiful member of the daisy family is frequently found in wasteland areas and typically written off as a weed.  Often confused for dandelions, coltsfoot has a similar appearance but one unique feature- the leaves appear after the plant flowers. … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Yellow Dock

Yellow Dock will take root nearly anywhere and is one that gardeners find hard to get rid of. It will continue to grow even when cut, mowed over, or mistreated. This “problem plant” is one worth having around as it is high in vitamins and minerals, purifies the blood, and has a fairly pleasant taste.

Lately in our “Herb of the Day” posts we’ve been looking at herbs that thrive in conditions plants are typically not seen.  Yellow Dock is another one of these.  This plant will take root nearly anywhere and is one that gardeners find hard to get rid of.  It will continue … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Sassafras

Native Americans frequently used sassafras in cooking and eventually this plant led to the creation of the first root beer. This herb has an extremely pleasant flavor and is often used to help cover the flavor of less-than-delicious herbs in various preparations.

Sassafras reminds me of  Grandpa talking about the “good old days” with Sassafras and Sarsaparilla soda pop. This herb is still used today medically even though it is no longer found in beverages.  Native Americans frequently used sassafras in cooking and eventually this plant led to the creation of the … Continue reading

Herb of the Day- Red Clover

Clover is a plant that many people are often surprised has medicinal benefits.  Known best as a rapidly growing feed source for livestock, or the pollen source for honey, this beautiful plant is also a useful herb.

Clover is a plant that many people are often surprised has medicinal benefits.  Known best as a rapidly growing feed source for livestock, or the pollen source for honey, this beautiful plant is also a useful herb.  We get to benefit from its rapid growth and amazing properties.  The flower … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Plantain

Plantain the herb typically seen growing in abandoned parking lots and popping up in your driveway! Plantain has many uses and is applied topically in a poultice or salve, as well as ingested in teas, tinctures, and capsules.

Plantain is one of the hardiest plants out there!  Most likely there is some growing near you; you may have even pulled some from your yard recently as a weed.  Many people hear the word plantain and think of one of these banana-like fruits common in Latin cuisine. This is … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Oregon Grape Root

Oregon Grape Root is often used in place of the endangered goldenseal.  It has many of the beneficial anti-microbial benefits of goldenseal.

Last week we looked at Goldenseal, today we’ll look at Oregon Grape Root which is often used in place of the endangered goldenseal.  It has many of the beneficial anti-microbial benefits of goldenseal, but does not affect the blood sugar like goldenseal.  This is a beautiful plant of which many … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Goldenseal

This plant is worth its weight in gold. Goldenseal is often hailed as one of the most valuable and useful herbs available. One of the primary features of goldenseal is its ability to help the mucous membranes, greatly benefiting the sinuses.

This plant is worth its weight in gold.  Goldenseal is often hailed as one of the most valuable and useful herbs available.  One of the primary features of goldenseal is its ability to help the mucous membranes, greatly benefiting the sinuses.  Many also know of goldenseal’s ability to help heal … Continue reading