The Herbal Use of Capsicum

Capsicum is the word given to a component found among peppers such as cayenne, paprika, and bell peppers.  While we mostly associate these are culinary ingredients, capsicum is extracted and utilized by herbalists as well.  The benefits of capsicum can certainly be found in culinary preparations as well.  Capsicum is … Continue reading

An Introduction to Dandelion

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Even though we’re in the thick of winter, dandelions will be in bloom before we know it.  While these yellow flowers are often viewed as a burden for many, we hope to change your opinion by sharing why herbalists love this plant! Herbalists use many parts of the dandelion in … Continue reading

Burdock, the precursor to Velcro????

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Did you know that velcro was inspired by an herb?   Burdock is covered in hooks similar to velcro.   The inventor of velcro noticed how those hooks stuck to his clothing and invented the hook and loop system we all know so well today!  It is this ability to “hook” onto … Continue reading

An Introduction to Buchu

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Today we’re going to be looking at an herb with a fun name, Buchu.  It’s a shrub that is primarily found in South America and Africa.  Most Buchu found in the US was imported through Cape Town, South Africa.  It’s not found in many other regions, and is a great … Continue reading

Fast Facts About Echinacea

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Since we’re featuring our Wellness Kits this month, we thought we’d take a look at the herb that is most used in these kits, Echinacea.  This herb is definitely a more household known herb and is found in four of our kits! The Immune System Builder Wellness Kit, Cold and … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Butternut Bark

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Thousands of Americans roasted up butternut squash this week to enjoy with their Thanksgiving feast.  Did you know there is an herb called butternut as well?  While not related to the winter squash, we thought this herb would be a fun one to take a look at this week with … Continue reading

10+ Reasons to Love Ginger

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Ginger is a popular and well-known, albeit funny looking, rhizome found in kitchens and medicine chests alike.  With a long history of medicinal and culinary use, ginger has been well researched and is loved worldwide. Ginger Through History Native to Asia, documented use of ginger has been found as far … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Spirodela

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Today’s herb is a plant you have most likely seen & had no idea was used by herbalists.  Spirodela is also known as duckweed, a plant that appears in still water and is a favorite food for ducks and birds.  You have most likely seen duckweed growing in still ponds, lakes, … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Angelica

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Sorry Hamilton fans, we’re not talking about one of the famous Schuyler sisters today.  This herb, Angelica, shares its name with this historical figure. Herbal lore from the 16th & 17th century claimed this herb would keep away and cleanse from evil spirits, ghosts, witches & their spells.  In some cultures, the … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Yucca

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The word “Yucca” might bring to mind deserts in the southwest; a dry, arid climate with strange pointy plants growing among cacti.  Native to Mexico and the southwestern region of the US, yucca has a rich history and over 40 varieties in North America.  This plant was used for many … Continue reading