Herb of the Day: Pau D’Arco

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In the rain forests of South America grows a beautiful towering tree up to 125 feet high.  This is the tabebuia avellanedae or Pau D’Arco tree.  The inner bark of this tree has been a staple in Amazonian medicine chests for centuries and is rapidly gaining popularity in Western Medicine.  The wood … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Yarrow

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This pretty plant is a favorite among both herbalists and birds!  Many birds use yarrow as a lining in their nest.  Use of this plant in nests helps to repel parasites and mosquitoes from the nest.  Humans have used yarrow for quite some time to stop bleeding and heal wounds. … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Peppermint

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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: Wild Cherry Bark

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Colder weather often brings along coughs and respiratory issues.  Herbalists turn to wild cherry bark this time of year as a favorite remedy for these illnesses.  The bark is also frequently converted into a resin and burned as an incense.  This beautiful tree yields edible fruit which is used medicinally … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Spearmint

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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: Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm has a fascinating history.  When settlers first arrived in America they discovered Slippery Elm as one of the earliest sources of food.  The inner bark is extremely nourishing and stays with you for quite a while.  In fact, George Washington and his troops survived off Slippery Elm during … 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

Herb of the Day- Irish Moss

This plant is high in many trace vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, B, C, and D. It is also high in calcium, iron and iodine.

This beautiful, highly mucilaginous plant is actually not a moss at all, but rather a type of algae.  Found along the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea you’ll find Irish Moss growing on rocks.  As the name implies, Irish Moss is abundant near Ireland. This plant is processed … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Flaxseed

Flaxseed has been gaining popularity lately due to its wide variety of uses and high amount of fiber, magnesium, ligens, and Omega-3's. This small and mighty seed is a favorite among herbalists as well.

Flaxseed has been gaining popularity lately due to its wide variety of uses and high amount of fiber, magnesium, ligens, and Omega-3’s.  This small and mighty seed is a favorite among herbalists as well.  Flax grinds up amazingly well and mixes with other herbs to be used as a poultice. … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Goldenseal

This plant is worth its weight in gold. Goldenseal is often hailed as one of the most valuable and useful herbs available. One of the primary features of goldenseal is its ability to help the mucous membranes, greatly benefiting the sinuses.

This plant is worth its weight in gold.  Goldenseal is often hailed as one of the most valuable and useful herbs available.  One of the primary features of goldenseal is its ability to help the mucous membranes, greatly benefiting the sinuses.  Many also know of goldenseal’s ability to help heal … Continue reading