Herb of the Day: Angelica

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Sorry Hamilton fans, we’re not talking about one of the famous Schuyler sisters today.  This herb, Angelica, shares its name with this historical figure. Herbal lore from the 16th & 17th century claimed this herb would keep away and cleanse from evil spirits, ghosts, witches & their spells.  In some cultures, the … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Yucca

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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: Red Root

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A favorite plant of Native Americans, red root has been used for medicinal purposes for quite some time.  Not only did Native Americans use the plant for medicinal use, they also burned the thick, woody roots when firewood was scarce.  During the civil war, soldiers and early Americans used the … Continue reading

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Most people instantly associate St. Patrick’s Day with clovers.  There has been some debate as to which clover variety is the “official” St. Patrick’s clover.  Here at TriLight we use Red Clover in a few of our products.  This clover doesn’t generate the famous four-leaf clover, but does grow a … 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

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