Herb of the Day: Burdock

HOTD Burdock

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: Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm has a fascinating history.  When settlers first arrived in America they discovered Slippery Elm as one of the earliest sources of food.  The inner bark is extremely nourishing and stays with you for quite a while.  In fact, George Washington and his troops survived off Slippery Elm during … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Marshmallow Root

Summertime begs for campfires and roasting marshmallows. Store-bought marshmallows are no longer made with marshmallow root but traditionally were. Marshmallow root is a favorite for digestive and respiratory complaints.

Summertime begs for campfires and roasting marshmallows.  Store-bought marshmallows are no longer made with marshmallow root but traditionally were.  Homemade marshmallows with the root are fairly easy to make following a recipe such as this.  Marshmallow root is high in mucilage which lends it as a favorite among herbalists for … Continue reading

Herb of the Day- Chickweed

This plant is hardy and grows year round along roadsides, in cracks along your driveway and all over the yard. High in Vitamin C, magnesium, iron, B12, and many other vitamins & minerals, this plant can be a healthful and delicious addition to salad.

Chickweed is a common weed which is often a frustration to gardeners.  However, if they knew about the benefits of this plant they may not be so quick to dismiss it.  This plant is hardy and grows year round along roadsides, in cracks along your driveway and all over the … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Flaxseed

Flaxseed has been gaining popularity lately due to its wide variety of uses and high amount of fiber, magnesium, ligens, and Omega-3's. This small and mighty seed is a favorite among herbalists as well.

Flaxseed has been gaining popularity lately due to its wide variety of uses and high amount of fiber, magnesium, ligens, and Omega-3’s.  This small and mighty seed is a favorite among herbalists as well.  Flax grinds up amazingly well and mixes with other herbs to be used as a poultice. … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Yellow Dock

Yellow Dock will take root nearly anywhere and is one that gardeners find hard to get rid of. It will continue to grow even when cut, mowed over, or mistreated. This “problem plant” is one worth having around as it is high in vitamins and minerals, purifies the blood, and has a fairly pleasant taste.

Lately in our “Herb of the Day” posts we’ve been looking at herbs that thrive in conditions plants are typically not seen.  Yellow Dock is another one of these.  This plant will take root nearly anywhere and is one that gardeners find hard to get rid of.  It will continue … 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: Boneset

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Boneset, also called Thoroughwort, is commonly found in the meadows and damp grounds of North America. Its use in the US dates back decades with its use by American Indians and its inclusion in the United States Pharmacopceia in the 1880s. Traditional Uses: Colds Rheumatism Influenza Tapeworms Gout Swine Flu … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Blue Cohosh

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Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalactroides) is also called squaw root or papoose root. It was commonly used by Native American tribes and later by Europeans and midwives. It is commonly found in the eastern forest of the US though it can be found across many parts of North America. Traditional Uses: Starting labor … Continue reading