Herb of the Day: Wintergreen (Not just a yummy flavor!)

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Wintergreen is typically associated with toothpaste, gum or mouthwash.  Generally, this is a synthetic wintergreen flavor that lends the cool minty flavor we’re familiar with.  This shrubby evergreen native to North America contains methyl salicylate which is similar to aspirin and has historically been used by Native Americans and early … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Black Walnut Hull (Flush Out Those Parasites!)

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Black walnut trees are truly beautiful trees which are found in the Eastern US and Canada.  These trees are highly prized; mature sell for thousands of dollars. The wood makes gorgeous furniture, the bark has historically been chewed by native cultures for toothaches,  and herbalists use the outer hulls of … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Burdock

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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: Cinnamon

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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: Cloves

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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: Chamomile {A Soothing Herb}

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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

How do I get rid of Worms?

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“How do I get rid of worms?” This is a very common question and for good reason. There are so many types of Parasites and worms, some that are life threatening and some that aren’t. They vary from Malaria to tapeworms to ringworm, just to name a few. One should … Continue reading