Herb of the Day: Elderberry

Elderberry

One of the most popular herbs this time of year is Elderberry.  Documented use of this herb dates back to the 4th century with Hippocrates, and it has remained a popular go-to for herbalists ever since then.  Due to their high Vitamin C and antioxidant levels, elderberry is widely used … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Peppermint

HOTD Peppermint

Mint is perhaps the flavor most commonly associated with the Holiday season.  The aroma of mint is everywhere this time of year.  A couple weeks ago we mentioned that typically spearmint, not peppermint is used in culinary preparations.  Herbalists tend to use peppermint more frequently than spearmint for a number … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Cinnamon

HOTD Cinnamon (1)

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: 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

HOTD Cloves

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

Herb of the Day- Pleurisy

Pleurisy herb traditional uses, TriLight Lungs Plus, TriLight Lung Tonic

Pleurisy is one of the few herbs with a name that reflects its use.  The primary use for this herb is treatment of, you guessed it, pleurisy.  This plant is a favorite of migrating monarch butterflies who feast on the beautiful orange flowers.   It is the pleurisy root that is … Continue reading

Herb of the Day- Chickweed

This plant is hardy and grows year round along roadsides, in cracks along your driveway and all over the yard. High in Vitamin C, magnesium, iron, B12, and many other vitamins & minerals, this plant can be a healthful and delicious addition to salad.

Chickweed is a common weed which is often a frustration to gardeners.  However, if they knew about the benefits of this plant they may not be so quick to dismiss it.  This plant is hardy and grows year round along roadsides, in cracks along your driveway and all over the … Continue reading