Herb of the Day: Yucca

HOTD Yucca

The word “Yucca” might bring to mind deserts in the southwest; a dry, arid climate with strange pointy plants growing among cacti.  Native to Mexico and the southwestern region of the US, yucca has a rich history and over 40 varieties in North America.  This plant was used for many … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Honeysuckle

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A plant known either as a loved decoration or annoying weed for American gardens, honeysuckle is highly valued as an herb in Chinese medicine.  It is described as one of the most beneficial plants by Bach Flower Remedies, one of the 50 most prized plants in Chinese medicine and a … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Burdock

HOTD Burdock

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: Fennel

HOTD Fennel

Fennel is an old favorite that is often used for culinary purposes as well as by herbalists.  Typically it is the seed that is utilized by herbalists, but the leaves and flowers are occasionally used and the bulb of the plant is used by chefs.  One of the most distinguishing … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Alfalfa

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Alfalfa The word Alfalfa may conjure up images of an adorable Little Rascals character with pointy hair, or livestock feed for others.  However, this little herb that means “Father of all Foods” in Arabic is more than worthy of its name.  Packed full of nutrition with protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Boneset

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Boneset, also called Thoroughwort, is commonly found in the meadows and damp grounds of North America. Its use in the US dates back decades with its use by American Indians and its inclusion in the United States Pharmacopceia in the 1880s. Traditional Uses: Colds Rheumatism Influenza Tapeworms Gout Swine Flu … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Juniper Berry

Juniper berries are not true berries- instead, their name is derived from their berry like appearance. At times you can find them used as a spice, in gin, or for their healing properties. Their use dates back generations where Native American tribes are said to have used juniper berry as … Continue reading