Herb of the Day: Bayberry

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Found in the Eastern United States this plant is commonly used in landscaping.  The berries themselves are covered in a wax substance which is often used in place of beeswax for candle making and as a sealing wax.  The wax is naturally aromatic and burns smokeless, unlike traditional beeswax.  The … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Rhubarb Root

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Rhubarb is one of the earliest season plants to harvest.  Most farmers markets usually have rhubarb first in climates that tend to be colder.  This plant is mostly known for the famous strawberry rhubarb pie or rhubarb jam.  Did you know that herbalists use rhubarb root as well?  Although it … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Prickly Ash

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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: Yarrow

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This pretty plant is a favorite among both herbalists and birds!  Many birds use yarrow as a lining in their nest.  Use of this plant in nests helps to repel parasites and mosquitoes from the nest.  Humans have used yarrow for quite some time to stop bleeding and heal wounds. … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Ginger

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It seems like the period of time from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day is full of food, sweets, and full bellies!  Fortunately, ginger is an excellent and easy herb to have on hand to help combat any digestive discomforts that might come into your home this time of year.  Widely available … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Cloves

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Cloves are a favorite spice this time of year.  With a rich, warm aroma and a distinct flavor, cloves are an excellent warming addition to Holiday dishes.  Documented use of cloves goes all the way back to 207 B.C.!   Cloves contain a number of vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, … 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