Herb of the Day: Valerian

Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine, was one of the first to document using this herb. This plant has been widely used as a sedative but research seems to not be able to nail down quite why this herb is so extremely effective in helping with sleep.

A couple weeks ago we introduced you to Hops.  Today we’d like to introduce you to an herb frequently used alongside hops- Valerian. Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine, was one of the first to document using this herb.  This plant has been widely used as a sedative but … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Scullcap (Skullcap)

Also known as “mad dog weed” scullcap (also spelled skullcap) has been used to treat rabies in dogs as well as a number of ailments for humans.

This beautiful plant is named for the flowers it grows which resemble helmets worn by ancient European soldiers.  Widely used among Native Americans, in Chinese Medicine, and among ancient European healers, Scullcap can be consumed in teas, tinctures, or extracts.  The herb does have a bitter flavor so many prefer … Continue reading