Here we go back in time to see beliefs and folk uses surrounding Stinging Nettle, how it is most commonly utilized by herb lovers today, along with flower essence information, my own personal favorite uses for this stinging European native, and references for further information.
Amy Mayfield introduces herself to the Herb Companion public.
Mugwort, an herb that was once used as a charm used against evil spirits, treatment toward alleviating digestion and a preventative solution for tired feet, is also an herb that has been used to induce vivid dreams.
Start living healthy with our tips for getting well and staying well.
Native Kansas plants are being researched in this project, launched by environmental studies faculty members at the University of Kansas to promote traditional ecological knowledge.
The discovery of medicinal pills onboard an ancient Italian merchant ship lends credence to the historic practice of herbal medicine.
A few jayhawks planted a medicinal garden at the University of Kansas.
Spring is the perfect time to wild craft gently soothing vulnerary herbs, such as plantain and violet leaf, to make healing oils and salves. Learn more about these wonderful springtime botanicals with useful recipes for infused oils and medicinal salves.
The art of healing our bodies with herbs is a new fascination in Erin McIntosh's life. Learn more about her journey on the path to herbalism.
Medicinal mushrooms can help ward off colds and flus this winter.
Try this fun garden-layout idea for your medicinal herbs this spring.
Medicinal vinegars are potent and easy to make at home. A strong alternative for children or those with alcohol sensitivities, this is a wonderful option for making and using herbal medicines.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich. Benefit from all these healthful properties by mixing it with milk.
Besides its delicious flavor, basil offers many health benefits for your body, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
For a refreshing change, toss together a salad made with fresh herbs instead of lettuce.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
Back to the Root makes growing mushrooms at home simple and sustainable.
In Costa Rica, all the elements are in place for a Slow Food revolution. Check out the organic bounty--and enjoy a delicious gourmet take on a traditional native dish.
Although there are many workshops and classes available that will teach you how to “make your own” medicines and crafts, it's sometimes just as easy as snipping herbs and heading into the kitchen. This article is a quick how-to look on making medicinal oils.
TV personality and author Chris Kilham, founder of Medicine Hunter, says schisandra, cacao and San Pedro cactus could replace many common pharmaceuticals--without the onerous side effects.
Don't let National Peach Month slip away before biting into this juicy fruit and all of its health benefits.
Ten percent of Americans opt out of their morning meals. Find out why chowing down may be the better option.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale), a common spice that was considered a luxury more than 5,000 years ago, has a very rich history.
There are both benefits and risks to drinking milk substitutes instead of cow’s milk.
Enjoy the taste and health benefits of cherries!
This smooth, caffeine-free herbal tisane is rich in antioxidants and a fresh addition to summer meals.
Think twice about ridding dandelions from your lawn; this herb has many health benefits.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
Add garlic to your daily diet by taking these tips into consideration.
Try this blue condiment when topping your favorite hamburgers and french fries.
The fragrant, taste and texture of cinnamon make it a popular spice during the winter months. Cinnamon not only tastes good while cooking but has an array of health benefits.
Uncover the ancient history of the vervain plant, a well-respected herb infamous for its medicinal uses all over the world.
Learn how one blogger discovers the benefits of a peeving plant from her childhood.
Milk thistle, which has a long history of safe and effective medicinal use dating back thousands of years, is medicinally valued for supporting healthy liver function.
Since Oregon grape (Mahonia spp.) is the state flower of Oregon, we thought it would be nice to spend a little time telling you about the Pacific Northwest's best kept secret.
These three herbal staples treat acne, treat eczema and reduce inflammation.
A new study has found that massage may do more to relieve lower back pain than traditional medial treatment.
Educate yourself about the recent outbreak of foodborne illnesses caused by sprouts and how to protect yourself.
Dark chocolate may be good for more than just antioxidants—it might protect your body from a range of health conditions, including heart failure and strokes.
Eating purslane greens provides a rich source of essential omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation, boost heart health and lower triglycerides that cause stroke, heart attack, fatty liver and pancreatitis. Green your health with purslane!
Eating spinach regularly has benefits for your entire body.
Discover the benefits of shea butter, the featured beauty ingredient in our Whipped Shea Butter Skin Cream.
The health benefits of kale are greater than
those of any other vegetable. Kale provides nutrients that fight off sickness
and diseases and has a low environmental impact.
Boost your immune system, control your cholesterol levels and stay full longer with healthy, easy-to-make winter soups.
This scrumptious, all-natural recipe gives you a healthy option your taste buds will love.
This recipe adds a few of our favorite spices to create a flavorful pumpkin seed unlike any you've tasted before.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
Learn how green tea can help make aging and wellness go hand-in-hand.
Arnica cream, ointment, tincture or salve can relieve muscle and joint pain.
Say cheers to the health benefits of cilantro.
Instead of throwing away those pumpkin seeds this Halloween, reap their health benefits!
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
Every herb has a story, and that of licorice begins with its reputation as a “sweet herb.” Plants are put on this earth to provide nourishment and healing benefits. Licorice is one of those unique and special plants that does both.
Did you know that plants have personalities? Discover the personality of the vervain plant and how it can help you.
Grow chervil with tarragon, chives and parsley for fresh fines herbes this gardening season.
Double up on the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and honey by pairing the two in our recipe for switchel, an ancient drink that quenches thirst and naturally boosts energy.
The health benefits of kale are greater than those of many other vegetables. Kale provides nutrients that fight off sickness and diseases and has a low environmental impact.
Add sorrel to your kitchen garden to grow a super healthy green for salads, soups and side dishes.
Black Cohosh, one of the early Native Americans' favorite medicinal plants, contains many benefits that can help you live a healthier life.
A new study found that it may not matter what kind of pet allergy sufferers keep around the house—their allergies may still prevail.
The list of benefits of owning a pet is growing longer and longer. Discover your excuse to bring home a pet today.
Corn silk, the fine, silky growth at the tops of corn cobs, is a soothing diuretic for irritation of the bladder, urethra, kidneys and prostate.
These superfoods may prevent degenerative diseases. Check how green tea and blueberries can help fight Alzheimer's disease.
Bee balm tea is difficult to come across, but has an array of health benefits.
Olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids, a healthy dietary fat that will help digestion, among other things. Take advantage of the health benefits of olive oil by becoming a smart shopper. Learn how to choose the healthiest olive oils on the market.
Take advantage of the health benefits of sweet potatoes with these tips.
Discover a few health benefits of watermelon, a favorite summertime treat.
New studies show that ginger, in addition to its other health benefits, may help regulate the body's inflammatory response.
The dandelion is one of the most hated weeds in America, but also the mostly widely used wild green in the world. Learn how this herb was used historically, how it can treat many ailments, such as liver diseases and eczema, and how to make a dandelion omelet.
When your muscles are aching and your bones aren't moving, spice up your life by adding a little more spice to your meals with these herbs for inflammation. It may just be what Mother Nature ordered.
Give yourself a little extra reason to treasure your time in the garden by perusing the gardening articles from our March/April 2013 issue. We teach you how to have your earliest spring garden, give you tips on reducing your gardening resources, show you an unexpected source of nutrition, and much more!