×
×

TAG : Medicinal plants

Elderberry vs Poke Berry Identification

Elder (Sambucus canadensis, s.nigra), known as the "people's medicine chest", is one of my favorite allies.  In my backyard "elder forest" they grow as something between a bush and small trees at a height of 10-13 feet.  In June, I use elderflowers in delicious edible and medicinal ...

Dandelion – More than Just a Weed

Dandelions, Taraxacum officinale (sunflower family, Asteraceae) are perhaps the most widely recognized  U. S. weed. Huge amounts of money and time are spent killing dandelions. How the Dandelion got its Name No one knows why the scientific name is Taraxacum. In 1600 pharmacists called ...

Adaptogens Herbs for Stress and Balance – Astragalus

What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are herbs that help us adapt to changes and stress caused by physical, biological, emotional, and environmental factors. They can assist in restoring balance within the body and help us defend against both chronic and acute stressors. One of my ...

Spring Cleaning With Clingy Cleavers

Cleavers (galium aparine).  The name (Galium) is derived from gala which is Greek for 'milk' (cleavers was used to curdle milk for cheese) and the species name 'aparine' comes from the Greek word apara meaning 'to seize'.   Also known as Bedstraw because it was used to stuff mattresses. ...

Improve Your Productivity through These 12 Natural Herbs

A wide variety of herbs is known to be highly beneficial to the body in all sorts of ways. And this also goes the same way with one’s mental focus and stability. There are several herbs that can assist you in polishing your mind to its optimum ability. In fact, some of these herbs are even ...

Mend With Marvelous Monarda

Sweet spicy Monarda (Monarda fistulosa and sp.)  also known as Bee Balm, Sweet Leaf, Red Oswego (red monarda didyma) blooms late June through August, depending upon where you live. In my state, Kansas, early July is the perfect time of year for monarda to be in bloom, because I think the ...

Apothecary Museum Features Herbal Remedies

Apothecary museums  featuring herbal remedies, such as the Stabler-Leadbeater in Alexandria,VA ,  are near and dear to my herbal heart. I hope you enjoy their apothecary video tour and find it as fascinating as I do. My father was a pharmacist of 50 years (from 1930's to 1970's). Before the ...

black-cohosh

United Plant Savers “At Risk” Wild Medicinal Plants

Image of Black cohosh flowering.  https://www.unitedplantsavers.org/species-at-risk For the benefit of the plant communities, wild animals, harvesters, farmers, consumers, manufacturers, retailers and practitioners, we offer this list of wild medicinal plants which we feel are currently most ...

Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ) For Heart and Spirit

Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) All mints (Lamiaceae or Labiatae, as they were formerly called) have three features in common: square stems, rolling the stem between the fingers to feel the four sides opposite leaves—each pair of leaves emerges from the same level, on opposite sides of the ...

Herbal Support For Smoke-Related Symptoms: Wildfires and Prairie Burn Season

Driving through the Flint Hills, the smoke from Spring prairie burns is thick and lingering. The foggy haze engulfs Kansas this time of year, coupled with dry condition wildfires and wind. Our respiratory systems become under assault with this noxious stimulant and can trigger allergic type ...

Mother Earth Living

The ultimate guide to living the good life!