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: Chamomile {A Soothing Herb}

Chamomile

Chamomile is known as one of the most popular teas in the world. Its wonderful calming nature has made it a common fixture in many bedtime routines. Just as Peter Rabbit’s mother gave him chamomile when he was feeling ill, it is commonly given to children for irritability or stomach … Continue reading