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 … Continue reading Spring Cleaning with Cleavers

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 … Continue reading Indefinitely Wild Series: Skullcap {Scutellaria lateriflora}

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 … Continue reading Easy Herbal Oils, Salves, and Syrups

Indefinitely Wild Series: Tinctures 101

Just as you can make a tea and extract your herb's medicinal constituents with hot water, you can do the same with a cool liquid - alcohol. You can grind and soak your fresh or dried herbs in an alcoholic liquid or solvent {such as Vodka}, then strain out the herbs. The resulting liquid is … Continue reading Indefinitely Wild Series: Tinctures 101

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 … Continue reading Indefinitely Wild Series: Lobelia {Lobelia inflata}

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 … Continue reading Indefinitely Wild Series: Marshmallow

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 … Continue reading Indefinitely Wild Series: Comfrey {Symphytum officinale}

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. … Continue reading Indefinitely Wild Series: What Is Burdock?