Tag Archives: Herbs

The Red and the White of Clover

Red Clover {Trifolium pratense} Family: Fabaceae This all-around wellness herb and blood purifier is a key ingredient in herbal blends popularized during the early 1900s and used in cancer treatment, including Essiac, Dr. Christopher’s Red Clover Combination, and the Hoxsey formula. Red clover has been an Old World symbol for luck and abundance since ancient times. And when it arrived

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Camellia For Valentine’s

Like many of America’s favorite plants, the camellia is native to Asia. One tradition holds that Europeans and Americans first wanted the plants for commercial cultivation — Camellia sinensis for tea and Camellia oleifera for seed oil used in cooking and cosmetics. Instead of supplying these species, which produce understated little flowers, the Chinese slipped traders plants and seeds of

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Aromatic Herb for February; Tansy

Tansy {Tanacetum vulgare} Tansy is an upright herb with a crown of bright yellow clustering flowers. It is a member of the Asteraceae family and is also known as common tansy, bitter buttons, cow bitter, mugwort, and golden buttons. It grows to a height of three feet and produces pinnate, lance-shaped leaves that are uniformly toothed. Its button-shaped flowers sit

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Herbs that Boost Collagen Naturally

WHAT IS COLLAGEN? Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, especially as a Type 1 collagen. It’s found in our muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system, and tendons. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity while also replacing dead skin cells. When it comes to joints and tendons — in the simplest terms — it’s

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A Passion For Herbs

Herbs are a fascinating group of plants with a history of cultivation stretching back to the dawn of civilization. Once the herb garden was a practical project, necessary for supplying flavorings for the kitchen and medicines for the family. Today, gardeners are growing herbs for medicinal purposes and for their attractive looks, pleasing fragrances, and tasty flavors. Whether your interest

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Already Thinking About Designing A Herb Garden?

There are many books written on the various types of herb gardens. Invest in at least one good book on growing herbs that includes garden tips, what herbs to use for what purpose, and harvesting guidelines. Several types of gardens with plant suggestions are outlined below. You may notice that some herbs appear in more than one garden type. This

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Establishing a Ritual of Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Self-Care

There’s something to be said about intentionally setting aside time in our hectic schedules to focus entirely on our lives, our bodies and our health (both mental, and physical). But so often, this is easier typed than done. I believe in our culture, there’s certain guilt about slowing down, even for a short time, especially when it’s for the sake

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MAKING YOUR OWN HERBAL MEDICINE

Perhaps you have been thinking about making your own herbal medicine, but you have questions. Isn’t it dangerous? Do you need lots of sophisticated equipment? And what about training? You need to be highly skilled to make your own medicines – right? Actually, making safe and effective herbal medicines at home is an ancient tradition practiced worldwide. In many cultures,

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