Herb of the Day: Black Cohosh

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Black Cohosh is aptly named due to the extremely dark, snack like rhizomes which the plant grows.  It is these roots which are prized by herbalists primarily for use with menstrual and women’s health conditions.  Documented use of black cohosh dates back to the early 1700’s with Native Americans turning … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Sassafras

Native Americans frequently used sassafras in cooking and eventually this plant led to the creation of the first root beer. This herb has an extremely pleasant flavor and is often used to help cover the flavor of less-than-delicious herbs in various preparations.

Sassafras reminds me of  Grandpa talking about the “good old days” with Sassafras and Sarsaparilla soda pop. This herb is still used today medically even though it is no longer found in beverages.  Native Americans frequently used sassafras in cooking and eventually this plant led to the creation of the … 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

Herb of the Day: Alfalfa

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Alfalfa The word Alfalfa may conjure up images of an adorable Little Rascals character with pointy hair, or livestock feed for others.  However, this little herb that means “Father of all Foods” in Arabic is more than worthy of its name.  Packed full of nutrition with protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Licorice Root

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When most people hear licorice root they think about the black or red candy with a flavor they either love or hate.  Licorice goes well beyond candy and has been used for thousands of years around the world as a medicinal herb.  This root has an incredible array of uses … Continue reading

Herb of the Day Rosehips

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It seems everyone gets to thinking about roses right about Valentine’s Day.  Did you know that Rosehips have some pretty incredible herbal powers as well?  Rosehips are the fruit that grow after the flower.  The fruit itself is incredibly bitter but after it is dried it lends itself nicely in … Continue reading

Herb of the day … Alfalfa!

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What is Alfalfa anyway? When some people hear of Alfalfa, this is what comes to their mind. Alfalfa means a little more to us. Alfalfa, or Medicago sativa for you Latin junkies, is a natural detoxifier. It’s used to reduce and prevent symptoms caused by arthritis, bursitis, and gout; lowers … Continue reading