Monthly Archives: June 2018

Spring Cleaning with 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. Cleavers is a persistent, sticky plant that grows profusely and ‘cleaves’ to you by reaching

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Indefinitely Wild Series: Skullcap {Scutellaria lateriflora}

Also, Known As: Blue Pimpernel Blue Skullcap Helmet Flower Hoodwort Mad Dog Madweed Skullcap Virginia Skullcap Skullcap is a herb that grows uncultivated in the marshy lands of Canada as well as in the northern and eastern parts of the United States. The herb is also found in other parts of the globe, including Southeast Asia. Skullcap has double-colored flowers

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Easy Herbal Oils, Salves, and Syrups

Soothe injuries and boost your immune system with these simple, plant-based recipes. Infused Herbal Oils Herbal oils are convenient and easy to use. These are made by extracting ground-up herbs with organic olive oil. You can apply this herb-laden oil directly to your skin, where it will exert its healing influence through absorption, or you can use the oil as

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Indefinitely Wild Series: Lobelia {Lobelia inflata}

Also, Known As: Asthma Weed Bladderpod Emetic Herb Gagroot Indian Tobacco Lobelia Pukeweed Vomitroot The herb known as the lobelia – botanical name, Lobelia inflata – can reach from one to two feet in height and is commonly called Indian tobacco. The herb grows as an annual or as a biennial. It is characterized by being covered by hair, bearing

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Indefinitely Wild Series: 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 can be found growing in plenty in the wild, it is also cultivated commercially for medicinal

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Indefinitely Wild Series: Comfrey {Symphytum officinale}

Also, Known As: Ass-ear Blackwort Bruisewort Comfrey Consormol Knitback Knitbone Comfrey (scientific name Symphytum officinale L.) is also known as knitbone or common comfrey and belongs to the Boraginaceae family. It is a perennial herb having black roots resembling turnips and bears broad leaves with bristles. The herb is indigenous to Europe and grows in soggy and lush green areas, especially along the river

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Indefinitely Wild Series: What Is Burdock?

Arctium lappa Also, Known As: Bardana Beggar’s Buttons Bur Burdock Burdock Burrs Burrs Burr Seed Cockle Buttons Grass Burdock Great Burdock Hardock Hareburr Hurrburr Lappa Lappa Minor Niu Bang Personata Thorny Burr Turkey Burrseed The dried root of the burdock species of plants is used to make a herbal remedy known simply as the burdock. This remedy is actually made

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