Herb of the Day: Ginseng

Ginseng

Ginseng is one of the most well-known Asian herbs.  It’s widely used in Asian medicine and has been nicknamed “Wonder of the World.”  This carefully cultivated and widely prized herb is known as an adaptogenic herb.  Adaptogens help to strengthen the body and increase the body’s ability to respond to … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Motherwort

Some herbalists say motherwort is the very best herb for the uterus available and it is used worldwide.  This herb can be used internally or externally.  While most uses are applicable for female health issues a number of other conditions benefit from motherwort.

If you’ve been reading our Herb of the Day posts for a while, you’ll know typically the name of a herb has nothing to do with the herb’s use.  Motherwort is one of the exceptions to that rule as it is an ancient herb used to help with childbirth and … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Hops

Most commonly known as the ingredient used to flavor beer, hops is one of the most widely used medicinal plants in the world as well! Most likely Great-Grandma knew about the benefits of hops for relaxation. Perhaps she even slept with a pillow that had hops and other herbs to bring about a good night rest.

Most commonly known as the ingredient used to flavor beer, hops is one of the most widely used medicinal plants in the world as well!  Most likely Great-Grandma knew about the benefits of hops for relaxation.  Perhaps she even slept with a pillow that had hops and other herbs to … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Scullcap (Skullcap)

Also known as “mad dog weed” scullcap (also spelled skullcap) has been used to treat rabies in dogs as well as a number of ailments for humans.

This beautiful plant is named for the flowers it grows which resemble helmets worn by ancient European soldiers.  Widely used among Native Americans, in Chinese Medicine, and among ancient European healers, Scullcap can be consumed in teas, tinctures, or extracts.  The herb does have a bitter flavor so many prefer … Continue reading