Elderflower

Elder is such a beautiful plant and so versatile as medicine. Sambucus nigra, is a large shrub that grows to between 5-10 feet and in the spring has lovely white flowers that grow in clusters at the end of branches. Each of these flowers turns into a little berry which can be used as medicine as…

Savory-The 2015 Herb of the Year!

When I first started to research this past few weeks about savory I was not that enthused. Every year a regional herbal enthusiast group in Florida picks an herb of the year based on herbs that are both medicinal and culinary. This year savory was chosen. While generally it is considered an herb to support…

Plantain

While plantain is often a word people know, most people think of the bananas. Plantain is also a leafy green vegetable plant whose leaves look similar to spinach. Plantago officinalis is the most common plantain found in the United States. This plant’s leaves can be eaten just like spinach when they are young and the seeds can…

Garlic Mullein Ear Oil

Garlic-mullein ear oil inhibits or destroys bacteria or fungus present in the ear canal and controls inflammation, edema, and itching. It has an analgesic (pain relieving) effect, it aids in the removal of earwax, and restorative nerves and blood flow in the ear. It can be used in ear infections, congestion & inflammation (otitis media,…

Onion Syrup

This is one of the easiest, delicious, and medicinal kitchen medicine projects you can do at home. When I start talking about making onion syrups most people first don’t believe that it works. So a syrup is basically some kind of liquid and sweetener. To make an onion syrup you just layer rings of onions with…

Wildcrafting

**Please enjoy this article first published by TDH in 2015.** The use of wildcrafted herbs in clinical practice is very controversial. One has to consider the importance of the plant, its volume in nature, its ability to reproduce, the ease of harvest and identification, as well as the possibility of different chemical constituents being found…

Herbal Truffles

Commonly called nut butter balls, there is no reason you cant make herbal treats with out chocolate as well. We have had some excellent recipes this month using chocolate and herbs but you can make nut butter versions as well (chocolate optional). Ingredients (bare minimum) 1 cup nut butter of your choice (almond, peanut, sunflower)…

Herbs for Stress Relief

This time of year we could also use a little extra stress support and I was already to tell you about four awesome herbs that you can use for stress relief. Then I noticed that I had already posted about those exact four herbs! Instead, lets  talk about how you can make an awesome nervine…

Arthritis and Herbs

Arthritis, yea it hurts and boy does it take a lot of work to get rid of it or reverse the progression. What?! You didn’t know you can do that? Unfortunately, not everyone can but if you start at the first signs of arthritis it is a simple path back to healthy joints. Arthritis is…

Aphrodisiac Chocolates

Aphrodisiac herbs are traditionally used to increase feelings of vitality, sexuality and intimacy.  Most importantly, the majority of our aphrodisiac herbs also moonlight as nervines, working to reduce the negative impacts of stress on our body- elevated stress levels being one of the primary contributing factors to low libido. Some of my favorite aphrodisiac herbs…

Herbal First Aid

Generally when we think of first aid we think of cuts, scrapes, and bruises. While it can get much more complicated than that, using herbs for first aid does not have to be challenging. NOTE: If you are serious about learning first aid I highly recommend starting with a class at a community college. Many…

Rose and Elderberry Chocolates

There are a few different ways to get herbs into your chocolates and they are all delicious. Last week we made reishi chocolates using powdered herbs. This is not the quickest way and it may not be ideal for some herbs that are hard to powder. Making a traditional chocolate truffle means you can use…