Herb of the Day: St John’s Wort

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Named after John the Baptist there are a number of theories as to why this plant has its name.  Some say it was his favorite plant, others say it is due to the fact that the flowers bloom around St. John’s Day and others state it’s because of the coloring of … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Elecampane

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Elecampane is another member of the Asteraceae family (echinacea, daisy, and chamomile also belong in this family).  Folklore says that Elecampane grew in the places Helen of Troy’s tears landed, this folklore provides the plant’s botanical name Inula Helenium. It is also known as horseheal and has been used extensively with … Continue reading

How Mama Knew She Needed Worm Out

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Learning about parasites can turn into the proverbial “wormhole” where you just keep researching and researching.  I honestly find it all fascinating and hope that more widespread studies are conducted on parasites and their health implications.   Last week I shared my 5-year-olds symptoms with you and a bit about … Continue reading

Symptoms You May Experience With Parasites

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Welcome back everyone.  I hope you’ve been learning about, and becoming less intimidated by, parasites.  Now that you know what they are and where they come from.  Let’s take a look at what parasites can do to our bodies.   As the parasite makes itself comfortable in the host it uses … Continue reading

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: Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a popular ingredient in many Indian and Mediterranean dishes.  However, breastfeeding Mamas know it best as the herb which helps with milk supply while leaving mama smelling like Maple Syrup!  This is perhaps the best-known herb for breastmilk production in spite of this bizarre side effect.  In celebration of … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Red Raspberry Leaf

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Red Raspberry leaves are most well known among those in the birth community.  Midwives, doulas, and even OBs suggest red raspberry leaf to women during pregnancy.  This beautiful leaf is suggested to women as a uterine tonic to strengthen the smooth muscles of the uterus.  It is said that regular … 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 Yam

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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- Mullein

TriLight Health's Herb of the Day: Mullein

So many of the herbs we cover in these posts are commonly written off as weeds.  Mullein is another one of these plants.  Brought over by colonists, this herb has spread nationwide and is one we’re sure you’ve seen!  Commonly found growing alongside highways and in nearly any open field, … Continue reading