Comfrey: Getting Rid of your Harvest Part 2

This week we delve into how comfrey’s beautiful leaves can be used and shared with your friends and family. Last week we looked at how you can use all of your comfrey roots to stop them from spreading in your garden. Remember, if you really want to reduce comfrey from taking over your garden you…

Jewelweed: Fight the Poison Rash!

Jewelweed is a great topical remedy for when you come in contact with poison ivy, poison oak, or stinging nettle!  It has a beautiful translucent, succulent green stem, which is more apparent when held up to the light. The name jewelweed comes from the way rain forms silvery beads, reminiscent of jewels, on the plant’s…

Comfrey: Getting Rid of your Harvest Part 1

A good friend of mine sent out a cry for help this week: ‘I personally would be interested in a post about selling your excess comfrey for fun and profit. Or giving it away. Or paving over it before it takes over the neighborhood.’ So let’s get to it! Comfrey is a very prolific plant…

Comfrey: Looking at the Research

Last fall I wrote a blog on cinnamon, looking at the research, for the purpose of understanding some of the research that is being done on the herb. I would like to take a closer look at comfrey this time. There is a lot of caution out there around comfrey being used internally so for…

Tumeric, the why and the how

I have some odd allergies. One of them is ginger from the Zingiberaceae family. I have a slight reaction to cardamom, in the same family, but for some unknown reason I do not react to tumeric. Tumeric is a beautiful root vegetable that is commonly used as a seasoning in curries and other Indian cuisine….

Expectorant Herbs

You have probably wanted to use these herbs more than once in your life. Expectorant herbs help remove mucus from the lower respiratory tract. There are two different kinds of expectorants, those that stimulate removal of fluid through coughing and those that sooth the lung muscles and make the mucus thinner for easier removal. With…

Emmenagogues

In general terms, emmenagogues are herbs that stimulate menstrual flow. While this is not always their use, most of them support and tone the tissue of the female reproductive system. Toning herbs and bitter herbs both generally have effects on the female reproductive system as well. Many emmenagogue herbs need to be highly controlled during…

Diuretic Herbs

Diuretics are commonly known because they are a large class of pharmaceutical drugs used for treating blood pressure most often. While they do have other uses, herbal diuretics are not generally used for blood pressure. Diuretics are medicines that increase urination. When urination is drastically increased the fluid content of the blood goes down, leading…

Diaphoretic Herbs

Diaphoresis is a word that refers to sweating, great to use when sick for controlling a fever. These herbs fall into two categories, those that warm the body and those that cool it. For children who have uncontrolled fevers, cooling diaphoretics may be the best choice. Adults, who have a much harder time building a…

Demulcent Herbs

Demulcent herbs are the sticky, the ooie, the gooie ones that make your throat feel great when you are sick. Demulcent herbs are most often taken as powders or cold infusions. When made with hot water, a demulcent herb tea may be too gooie to handle so best to use a cold infusion. Demulcents are not…

Cholagogue and Choleretic Herbs

These two herbal actions are often described together. Their action is on the gallbladder and, consequently, the liver. Choleretics promote the gallbladder to produce a higher volume of bile and cholagogues encourage the bile to flow from the gallbladder to the liver. Bile is a collection of toxins that are manipulated by the gallbladder into bile….

Carminative Herbs

If you remember a few weeks back we had a post on bitter herbs. Carminative herbs like to hang out with the bitters to support the digestive system. They work to relieve gas through a variety of different methods. Much of this action is thought to be from the terpene molecules, the volatile oil components….