Herb of the Day: Juniper Berry

Juniper berries are not true berries- instead, their name is derived from their berry like appearance. At times you can find them used as a spice, in gin, or for their healing properties. Their use dates back generations where Native American tribes are said to have used juniper berry as … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Dandelion (More Than Just A Weed)

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Most would write off dandelions as pervasive weeds. Many go to great lengths to banish them from their lawns and sidewalks. However, this troublesome weed has a long, long list of medicinal properties that make it well worth keeping around. Traditional Uses: Anemia High blood pressure Liver disorders Detoxing Breast … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Blue Cohosh

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Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalactroides) is also called squaw root or papoose root. It was commonly used by Native American tribes and later by Europeans and midwives. It is commonly found in the eastern forest of the US though it can be found across many parts of North America. Traditional Uses: Starting labor … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Comfrey

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Comfrey can be found as far back as the middle ages where it was commonly used and added to baths. As far back as 2000 years ago, the Chinese were using it as part of traditional healing. In the past, it has been referred to as “knitbone” for healing abilities. … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Anise

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Anise is mentioned in a number of ancient medical text for a variety of ailments. In the 1860s, American Civil War nurse Maureen Hellstrom is said to have used anise seeds as an early form of antiseptic. It has an extremely strong black licorice smell and taste and is known … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Catnip (Not Just for Cats)

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When you hear the word “Catnip” the first thing to cross your mind is likely the stuff that makes cats go crazy. Ironically, this herb has the opposite effect on humans and is known to be very calming. Catnip, a member of the mint family, has been used for centuries … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Lemon Balm

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The English herbal physician John Evelyn spoke of Lemon Balm over 400 years ago saying, “Balm is sovereign for the brain, strengthening the memory and powerfully chasing away melancholy.” To the Greeks, it was a sacred herb dedicated to the goddess Diana. Known by the Latin name Melissa officinalis this … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Nettle {Allergy Relief}

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For most of the US, allergy season is swooping in to sweep you off your feet with a series of sneezing fits. The herb most commonly associated with treating allergy symptoms is nettle. The leaves contain a quality that blocks histamine receptors – just like common medications, but without the … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Chamomile {A Soothing Herb}

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Chamomile is known as one of the most popular teas in the world. Its wonderful calming nature has made it a common fixture in many bedtime routines. Just as Peter Rabbit’s mother gave him chamomile when he was feeling ill, it is commonly given to children for irritability or stomach … Continue reading