Tea Time: Herbal Teas for Health

Try these easy-to-find and delicious herbal teas for 10 common health problems. Steaming, delicious herbal tea can do more for us than act as an afternoon pick-me-up. A wide variety of herbs have healing applications, and they can be administered as a lovely cup of tea. From classic calming herbs such as lavender and chamomile … Continue reading Tea Time: Herbal Teas for Health

Tea Time: Herbal Medicine ~ Dried Teas

To create a long-lasting dried tea, start with fresh or dried herbs and water. Through a step-by-step steeping, simmering, and evaporating process, the tea is reduced from a clear liquid to a thick, nutrient-rich batter full of active compounds and suitable for drying. Teas {infusions and decoctions} are some of the most vital components of … Continue reading Tea Time: Herbal Medicine ~ Dried Teas

Lover’s Truffles & Herbs for the Heart Space – Traditional Medicinals

We can use herbs to support our hearts, both physically and spiritually through medicinal formulas and self-care rituals. Source: Lover's Truffles & Herbs for the Heart Space - Traditional Medicinals

The Medicinal Properties and Health Benefits of Violets.

Violets have been known throughout history as a healing herb. An example that was proven by research was that Viola odorata contains phenolic glycosides, flavonoids, saponins, alkaloids, mucilage, and tannins among other things. These compounds work in several ways to cure ailments. Violets have been known throughout history as a healing herb. Hippocrates, in the … Continue reading The Medicinal Properties and Health Benefits of Violets.

Vervain Lore

Verbena Officinalis Also, Known As: Herb-of-the-cross Ma Bian Cao Pigeon's Grass Verbena Vervain The ancient Romans held all species of the vervain in admiration and used the ‘sacred' herb to sanitize their homes and temples. In addition, they knew several therapeutic advantages of the herb and used it to treat numerous disorders. Incidentally, despite its … Continue reading Vervain Lore

White Chocolate and Pistachio-Dipped Rooibos Chai Shortbread

There’s no flavor more fall than the spice of chai tea. With cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger, baking with chai is the perfect way to give any of your favorite baked goods an instant fall makeover. Just take our white chocolate and pistachio-dipped chai shortbread cookies. While they sound—and taste—almost too good to be true, the … Continue reading White Chocolate and Pistachio-Dipped Rooibos Chai Shortbread

Herbal Teas For Autumn And Winter

The cool, dry winds, unsettled weather, and decreasing daylight hours that we experience as the season transitions into autumn and winter can be difficult for our bodies and minds. While some of us welcome this rhythmic seasonal change and the downward movement of energy back to the earth and others dread it, we can all … Continue reading Herbal Teas For Autumn And Winter

A Herbalist’s Guide to a Healthy Fall and Winter

Ready or not, fall is here and winter is fast approaching.  Daylight is beginning to dwindle in the northern hemisphere and there is an accompanying nip in the air.  Hopefully, you’ve had the opportunity to burn brightly alongside the carefree summer sun for the past few months and are ready to begin slowing down. Making … Continue reading A Herbalist’s Guide to a Healthy Fall and Winter

Hibiscus Extracts Contain a Wide Range of Bioactive Compounds and Provide a Myriad of Potential Health Benefits

Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa, Malvaceae) is a shrub that grows up to eight feet tall and has showy flowers and large edible calyces. Flowers, leaves, and seeds of this tropical or subtropical plant have been used in traditional medicine and as a tea, food source, and flavoring. Hibiscus is thought to have been in cultivation for … Continue reading Hibiscus Extracts Contain a Wide Range of Bioactive Compounds and Provide a Myriad of Potential Health Benefits

Hibiscus

Hibiscus sabdariffa Family: Malvaceae Introduction Native to parts of North Africa and Southeast Asia, Hibiscus sabdariffa is a shrubby tropical plant that produces light yellow flowers with reddish-purple centers. After the petals drop from the flower, its remaining deep red calyces (the cup-like structures formed by the sepals) grow into seed-containing pods that look like flower … Continue reading Hibiscus