Herb of the Day: Prickly Ash

prickly ash

Prickly Ash is native to North America and has a long history of use among Native Americans.  This plant is commonly nicknamed the “toothache tree” because of its longstanding use for tooth pain.  Native Americans would remove part of the tree bark and chew on it to relieve tooth pain, … 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