Herb of the Month Archive

  • The vine of passionflower is used for its sedative, antispasmodic, and muscle-relaxing properties.  Passionflower is often used in tea blends, tinctures, or capsules for anxiety, nervous tension, insomnia, heart palpitations […]

    Passionflower herb

    The vine of passionflower is used for its sedative, antispasmodic, and muscle-relaxing properties.  Passionflower is often used in tea blends, tinctures, or capsules for anxiety, nervous tension, insomnia, heart palpitations […]

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  • The dried bark of the Wild Cherry tree (Prunus serotina) is used medicinally, and is best known for its ability to sedate the cough reflex.  Found in herbal cough syrups […]

    Cherry bark (Wild Cherry bark)

    The dried bark of the Wild Cherry tree (Prunus serotina) is used medicinally, and is best known for its ability to sedate the cough reflex.  Found in herbal cough syrups […]

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  • This herb is probably one of the most familiar to people based on its name alone, but it is also one of the most misunderstood.  It’s fame is due to […]

    St. John’s wort

    This herb is probably one of the most familiar to people based on its name alone, but it is also one of the most misunderstood.  It’s fame is due to […]

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  • The upper parts of this creeping, low-growing green plant in the Apiaceae (Carrot/Umbel) family are used as medicine.  The leaves are   simple, ovate, and a medium green and can be […]

    Gotu kola

    The upper parts of this creeping, low-growing green plant in the Apiaceae (Carrot/Umbel) family are used as medicine.  The leaves are   simple, ovate, and a medium green and can be […]

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  • A classic and familiar herb in many culinary and medicinal traditions, ginger is a good example of the confluence of medicine and food.  The benefits of ginger have long been […]

    Ginger root

    A classic and familiar herb in many culinary and medicinal traditions, ginger is a good example of the confluence of medicine and food.  The benefits of ginger have long been […]

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  • Pu-erh (pronounced poo-air) is a uniquely fermented tea, made using an old, broad-leafed variety of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis), withered and then pan-fried to remove excess moisture like the […]

    Pu-erh Tea

    Pu-erh (pronounced poo-air) is a uniquely fermented tea, made using an old, broad-leafed variety of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis), withered and then pan-fried to remove excess moisture like the […]

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  • The general herbal approach to maladies of the skin, such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne,  is to detoxify the other primary organs of detoxification – the liver, kidneys, and colon […]

    Healthy Skin Tea

    The general herbal approach to maladies of the skin, such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne,  is to detoxify the other primary organs of detoxification – the liver, kidneys, and colon […]

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  • Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a member of the legume family and the seed and leaves have long been used in food and medicine.  Fenugreek seed powder is a component of […]

    Fenugreek seed

    Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a member of the legume family and the seed and leaves have long been used in food and medicine.  Fenugreek seed powder is a component of […]

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  • This is an herb that grows primarily in California, dipping up into Oregon and east into Nevada and northern Arizona.  Its Latin name is Eriodictyon californicum, the most common species […]

    Yerba Santa

    This is an herb that grows primarily in California, dipping up into Oregon and east into Nevada and northern Arizona.  Its Latin name is Eriodictyon californicum, the most common species […]

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  • Rose hips It seemed appropriate to choose an herb from the rose family, as Valentine’s Day approaches and rose has long been a symbolic plant for the heart and love. […]

    Rose hips: Herb of the Month

    Rose hips It seemed appropriate to choose an herb from the rose family, as Valentine’s Day approaches and rose has long been a symbolic plant for the heart and love. […]

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