Herb of the Day: Yucca

HOTD Yucca

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

Herb of the Day: St John’s Wort

HOTD St Johns Wort

Named after John the Baptist there are a number of theories as to why this plant has its name.  Some say it was his favorite plant, others say it is due to the fact that the flowers bloom around St. John’s Day and others state it’s because of the coloring of … Continue reading

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

HOTD Wintergreen

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: Elderberry

Elderberry

One of the most popular herbs this time of year is Elderberry.  Documented use of this herb dates back to the 4th century with Hippocrates, and it has remained a popular go-to for herbalists ever since then.  Due to their high Vitamin C and antioxidant levels, elderberry is widely used … 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