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Try This at Home: Catch a Star (Anise)

By The Herb Companion staff

Discover a few fun uses for star anise (Illicium verum).


In Basket: September 2010

By The Herb Companion staff

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the September 2010 issue, which includes information about keeping your sage alive.


In Basket: July 2010

By The Herb Companion staff

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the July 2010 issue, which includes information about the toxicity of apricot kernels.


Round Robin: Angelic Purples

By Elisabeth Sheldon

Note from a Regional Gardener: One summer, following a recipe in an Australian herb book, I tried to candy some angelica from my garden. I failed miserably—it came out wet and soggy instead of firm and dry, as it should be. Read more.


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Video Review: Little Medicine and Native American Medicine

By Michael Castleman

Little Medicine: The Wisdom to Avoid Big Medicine (1995) takes its name from a distinction Native Americans make among medicinal plants. The “little medicines” are herbs that anyone can learn to use as first-aid treatments for everyday medical problems. The “big medicines” are the plants reserved for more highly trained medicine people. Read more.


Book Review: Spontaneous Healing

By Portia Meares

Spontaneous Healing is Andrew Weil’s fourth book devoted to natural healing. Like his earlier books, this one treats healing as a compendium of therapies, including herbs, lifestyle changes, and beliefs that hinder or help healing. Learn more.


Round Robin: Fact and Fiction

By Andy Van Hevelingen

Notes from regional herb gardeners: The British are coming! The British are coming! Or so it seems. My favorite bookstore is filled with a wealth of new herb books from England. Read more.


Round Robin: Messy Fun

By Rob Proctor

Notes from regional herb gardeners: “I’m having a Martha Stewart weekend” has become a popular expression among my friends. It means that one of us is tackling a wonderful, ambitious project or two (or three or four). Read more.