Month: November 2017

Mouse-ear {Hieracium pilosella syn. Pilosella officinarum}

Also, Known As: Felon Herb Hawkweed Mouse-ear Pilosella Mouse-ear (botanical name Hieracium pilosella) is a perennially plant that grows up to a height of anything between three and 15 inches. Mouse-ear is a creeping herb that usually grows like a carpet on crawling runners,…

The Story of Anemone

COMMON NAME: anemone GENUS: Anemone SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: A. hybrida ‘Queen Charlotte’- deep pink; 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall. A.h. ‘Honorine Jobert’- white. A.h. ‘September Charm’- pink. A. coronaria ‘Flore Pleno’- double scarlet flowers. Family: Ranunculaceae BLOOMS: Fall TYPE: perennial DESCRIPTION: Flowers come in single…

Medicinal Herb: Partridgeberry

My botany professors first introduced me to partridgeberry, and with excitement, I recognized the scientific name as a medicinal from one of my herbal books. This was back in the late 70’s when the modern herbal literature was scanty, computers were not in my…

Medicinal Herb: Bearberry

Arctostaphylos uva ursi or Arbutus uva ursi Also, Known As: Arberry Bearberry Bear’s-grape Crowberry Foxberry Hog Cranberry Kinnikinnick Mealberry Mountain Box Mountain Cranberry Red Bearberry Sagackhomi Sandberry Upland Cranberry Uva Ursi The uva ursi herb, which is more commonly known as the bearberry is…

Medicinal Herb: Pipsissewa

Chimaphila umbellata Also, Known As: Butter Winter Ground Holly King’s Cure Love in Winter Pipsissewa Princes pine Pyrola Umbellata Rheumatism Weed Pipsissewa is a petite evergreen herb that grows perennially and up to a height of 3 inches to 10 inches. Plants of this…

Medicinal Herb: Marshmallow

Althaea Officinalis Also, Known As: Althaea Marshmallow Mortification Root Sweetweed Found growing in abundance in moist and wet places all over the world, marshmallow is a perennial aromatic herb that is sometimes found to grow up to four feet in height. While the herb…

Our Winter Herbal Kitchen {part 1}

In this upcoming winter season when we don’t have the fresh herbs handy, like our foremothers, we rely on herbs that we have preserved for the winter. I drink nettle infusion almost every day, covering a cup of the dried herb with a quart…

Medicinal Herb: Motherwort {Leonurus cardiaca}

Also, Known As: Lion’s Ear Lion’s Tail Lion’s Tart Motherwort Although motherwort is indigenous to Europe, over the years, the plant has acclimatized itself to the different conditions all over North America. Presently, motherwort is found in the terrain ranging from Nova Scotia to…

Medicinal Herb: Lungwort

Pulmonaria Officinalis Lungwort is a perennial herb that normally grows up to a height of one feet or 30 cm. The plant bears wide oval-shaped leaves at the base, while the upper leaves are relatively smaller marked with the irregular color pattern, especially white…

Loving Mountain’s

This morning’s dog walk was fogged in with heavy clouds.  The colors saturated; the bunch grass golden and smelled like toast.  I had received a real-live handwritten letter from a dear friend and my mind was pouring over all that she shared.  Somehow, I…

Medicinal Herbs: Aconite

Aconitum napellus Also, Known As: Aconite Auld Wife’s Huid Blue Rocket Cuckoo’s Cap Friar’s Cap Jacob’s Chariot Monkshood Soldier’s Cap The aconite is a shrub which sports purplish blue aconite flowers that bloom during the summer as well as during the fall and are…

Scorpio New Moon is Packed with Scorpio Power!

What is Scorpio Power exactly?  Scorpio is the sign that represents the nature of Power itself.  Ruled traditionally by Mars, the god of war, and in the modern scheme by Pluto, the god of death and regeneration, Scorpio has some very intense allies.  Under…

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