Herb of the Day: Red Root

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A favorite plant of Native Americans, red root has been used for medicinal purposes for quite some time.  Not only did Native Americans use the plant for medicinal use, they also burned the thick, woody roots when firewood was scarce.  During the civil war, soldiers and early Americans used the … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Osha Root

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Osha is a high-altitude loving plant.  This plant is native to certain areas of the Rocky Mountains and is a favorite food for bears after hibernation.  Native Americans observed bears enjoying this tasty treat and nicknamed the plant bear root.  It is also commonly known as Colorado Cough Root due … 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: Horehound

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Horehound was originally consumed as a bitter herb during Passover as a reminder of the bitterness of captivity in Egypt.  Later in history horehound was said to ward off spells from witches and act as an antidote for poison. In herbal medicine, horehound is best known as a popular choice … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Licorice Root

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When most people hear licorice root they think about the black or red candy with a flavor they either love or hate.  Licorice goes well beyond candy and has been used for thousands of years around the world as a medicinal herb.  This root has an incredible array of uses … Continue reading