Herb of the Day: Spirodela

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Today’s herb is a plant you have most likely seen & had no idea was used by herbalists.  Spirodela is also known as duckweed, a plant that appears in still water and is a favorite food for ducks and birds.  You have most likely seen duckweed growing in still ponds, lakes, … 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: Wintergreen (Not just a yummy flavor!)

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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: Burdock

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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: Pipsissewa

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Pipsissewa was a favorite herb among Native Americans and early European settlers.  This small evergreen derives its name from a Canadian dialect (called Cree) and is translated into English as “it breaks into small pieces.”  The name is derived from the traditional herbal use for Pipsissewa for breaking apart kidney … Continue reading

Herb of the Day- Buchu

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Buchu is a favorite plant in parts of Africa for use in a popular beverage.  This plant has a strong and beautiful smell and is also used as a fragrance.  Traditionally herbalists use buchu for its powerful diuretic ability.  It was Dutch colonists to Africa who eventually brought buchu worldwide … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Parsley

Parsley is high in vitamins, especially in Vitamin A and calcium. Herbalists love it for digestive concerns, PMS and more.

Parsley seems to be making a comeback as more than a pretty plate garnish lately.  Herbalists use the entire plant, including the roots, for a variety of treatments. Parsley is high in vitamins, especially in Vitamin A and calcium.  With a neutral flavor to the stems & root, and a somewhat … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Strawberry Leaf

Strawberry leaves are delicious and make a fantastic tea and extract. High in vitamin C, iron, calcium, and antioxidants the big, beautiful strawberry leaves are worth holding on to.

I don’t know about you, for me a bright red strawberry ready to be harvested screams “summer!” The delicious little berries are a favorite worldwide and are quite easy to grow.  Most people ignore the nutritious leaves on the strawberry plant, however. Strawberry leaves are delicious and make a fantastic tea … 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: Plantain

Plantain the herb typically seen growing in abandoned parking lots and popping up in your driveway! Plantain has many uses and is applied topically in a poultice or salve, as well as ingested in teas, tinctures, and capsules.

Plantain is one of the hardiest plants out there!  Most likely there is some growing near you; you may have even pulled some from your yard recently as a weed.  Many people hear the word plantain and think of one of these banana-like fruits common in Latin cuisine. This is … Continue reading