Herb of the Day- Wild Yam

HOTD Wild Yam

A favorite among Aztecs and Myans, wild yam is best known for its use in supporting women’s hormones. High in diosgenin, a precursor to progesterone; wild yam was once used in birth control pills. Today wild yam is not widely used, however, herbalists often choose this herb to use in … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Valerian

Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine, was one of the first to document using this herb. This plant has been widely used as a sedative but research seems to not be able to nail down quite why this herb is so extremely effective in helping with sleep.

A couple weeks ago we introduced you to Hops.  Today we’d like to introduce you to an herb frequently used alongside hops- Valerian. Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine, was one of the first to document using this herb.  This plant has been widely used as a sedative but … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Hops

Most commonly known as the ingredient used to flavor beer, hops is one of the most widely used medicinal plants in the world as well! Most likely Great-Grandma knew about the benefits of hops for relaxation. Perhaps she even slept with a pillow that had hops and other herbs to bring about a good night rest.

Most commonly known as the ingredient used to flavor beer, hops is one of the most widely used medicinal plants in the world as well!  Most likely Great-Grandma knew about the benefits of hops for relaxation.  Perhaps she even slept with a pillow that had hops and other herbs to … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Scullcap (Skullcap)

Also known as “mad dog weed” scullcap (also spelled skullcap) has been used to treat rabies in dogs as well as a number of ailments for humans.

This beautiful plant is named for the flowers it grows which resemble helmets worn by ancient European soldiers.  Widely used among Native Americans, in Chinese Medicine, and among ancient European healers, Scullcap can be consumed in teas, tinctures, or extracts.  The herb does have a bitter flavor so many prefer … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Chamomile {A Soothing Herb}

Chamomile

Chamomile is known as one of the most popular teas in the world. Its wonderful calming nature has made it a common fixture in many bedtime routines. Just as Peter Rabbit’s mother gave him chamomile when he was feeling ill, it is commonly given to children for irritability or stomach … Continue reading