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

How you use Lympha Rub (30+ of your tried & tested favorite uses)

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One of the greatest aspects of herbs and essential oils is the wide range of possible uses.  In our “Herb of the Day” blog posts, we highlight traditional uses for various herbs (and essential oils).  These are applications which herbalists, aromatherapists and other practitioners have utilized over time. Something we love … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Osha Root

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Osha is a high-altitude loving plant.  This plant is native to certain areas of the Rocky Mountains and is a favorite food for bears after hibernation.  Native Americans observed bears enjoying this tasty treat and nicknamed the plant bear root.  It is also commonly known as Colorado Cough Root due … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Garlic~ Good for more than keeping away Dracula!

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Nothing smells or tastes quite like garlic.  Cooks like it for its flavor and you’ll find garlic in culinary preparations from around the world.  Garlic is full of health benefits which can be received either through consuming the garlic in food or using the garlic in herbal preparations.  Full of … 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: 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: Peppermint

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Mint is perhaps the flavor most commonly associated with the Holiday season.  The aroma of mint is everywhere this time of year.  A couple weeks ago we mentioned that typically spearmint, not peppermint is used in culinary preparations.  Herbalists tend to use peppermint more frequently than spearmint for a number … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Cinnamon

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Cinnamomum verum or Ceylon cinnamon is most likely not what you’ll find in your home spice cabinet.  Cassia cinnamon, is what is typically used as cinnamon although the Ceylon cinnamon is actually “real” cinnamon.  Ceylon is quite a bit more expensive and difficult to harvest so it has been replaced … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Wild Cherry Bark

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Colder weather often brings along coughs and respiratory issues.  Herbalists turn to wild cherry bark this time of year as a favorite remedy for these illnesses.  The bark is also frequently converted into a resin and burned as an incense.  This beautiful tree yields edible fruit which is used medicinally … 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