Essential Oil of the Day: Lemon

EO OTD Lemon

A favorite addition to many foods and drinks, this sour little fruit found its way into our lives in the mid-1700s.  British sailors discovered they could prevent scurvy by having their crew consume lemons.  James Lind with the Royal Navy was the pioneer of this research. He gave his sailors … Continue reading

Essential Oil of the Day: Lavender

HOTD EO Lavender

Many a herbalist and aromatherapist have said: “if you have no other essential oil, have lavender.”  This is one of the most well-known and widely used oils in the world.  Lavender happens to be one of the only oils that can be used undiluted and is often referred to as … 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

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: Wormwood

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Every so often we feature an herb whose name actually references its herbal action.  Wormwood is one of these.  Primarily known by herbalists as an important herb for expelling parasites and intestinal worms,  wormwood is utilized in an entirely different form as well.  The controversial alcoholic beverage absinthe is made … Continue reading

A Primer On Eco-Friendly Camping (and herbal remedies/ essential oils to bring along!)

Camping 101

  There’s nothing quite as nice as spending a few days camping.  Studies have shown that tent camping can help to regulate your sleep cycles and significantly decrease stress.  With summer in full-swing, this is really the perfect time to head to a campground and enjoy relaxing family time. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Thyme

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It’s about time we talked about thyme (sorry, couldn’t resist!)  This flowery herb is perhaps best known for its use during the plague when thyme was often burned along with other herbs in hopes of keeping the disease away.  It was commonly used in ancient Greece as an incense and … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Wintergreen (Not just a yummy flavor!)

HOTD Wintergreen

Wintergreen is typically associated with toothpaste, gum or mouthwash.  Generally, this is a synthetic wintergreen flavor that lends the cool minty flavor we’re familiar with.  This shrubby evergreen native to North America contains methyl salicylate which is similar to aspirin and has historically been used by Native Americans and early … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Spearmint

HOTD Spearmint

Most people don’t realize their favorite mint-flavored treats are most likely flavored by spearmint and not peppermint.  Peppermint contains significant cooling properties and is a much more intense flavor, so spearmint is typically chosen for culinary preparations.  Use of spearmint has been documented back to the ancient Egyptians both medically … 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