Herb of the Day: Thyme

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It’s about time we talked about thyme (sorry, couldn’t resist!)  This flowery herb is perhaps best known for its use during the plague when thyme was often burned along with other herbs in hopes of keeping the disease away.  It was commonly used in ancient Greece as an incense and … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Wintergreen (Not just a yummy flavor!)

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Wintergreen is typically associated with toothpaste, gum or mouthwash.  Generally, this is a synthetic wintergreen flavor that lends the cool minty flavor we’re familiar with.  This shrubby evergreen native to North America contains methyl salicylate which is similar to aspirin and has historically been used by Native Americans and early … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Black Walnut Hull (Flush Out Those Parasites!)

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Black walnut trees are truly beautiful trees which are found in the Eastern US and Canada.  These trees are highly prized; mature sell for thousands of dollars. The wood makes gorgeous furniture, the bark has historically been chewed by native cultures for toothaches,  and herbalists use the outer hulls of … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Stevia

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Stevia used to be fairly unknown but has become more of a household name in the last several years.  This herb is commonly used to make an alternative calorie-free sweetener.  There are over 200 varieties of the Stevia plant with the sweetness level varying from 30 to 300 times sweeter … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Rhubarb Root

Rhubarb Root

Rhubarb is one of the earliest season plants to harvest.  Most farmers markets usually have rhubarb first in climates that tend to be colder.  This plant is mostly known for the famous strawberry rhubarb pie or rhubarb jam.  Did you know that herbalists use rhubarb root as well?  Although it … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Blessed Thistle

Blessed Thistle

The use of Blessed Thistle dates back to the Middle Ages when it was a popular tonic for monks as well as a medicinal herb.  This beautiful plant belongs to the sunflower family and falls under the “weeds we love” category here at TriLight.  Many a home gardener has tried … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Prickly Ash

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Prickly Ash is native to North America and has a long history of use among Native Americans.  This plant is commonly nicknamed the “toothache tree” because of its longstanding use for tooth pain.  Native Americans would remove part of the tree bark and chew on it to relieve tooth pain, … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Yarrow

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This pretty plant is a favorite among both herbalists and birds!  Many birds use yarrow as a lining in their nest.  Use of this plant in nests helps to repel parasites and mosquitoes from the nest.  Humans have used yarrow for quite some time to stop bleeding and heal wounds. … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Burdock

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Burdock is a common weed which is said to have inspired the invention of velcro.  In 1941 Swiss engineer George de Mestral noticed the burrs of burdock sticking to his dog’s fur and to his own clothing.  After researching the composition of the burrs, he developed velcro based on the … Continue reading