Category: Herbs

Learn about herbs and their healing uses.

Uva Ursi

Common Names – Uva Ursi , Bearberry Botanical Name – Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Family – ERICACEAE Uva Ursi, is a small groundcover shrub distributed throughout northern latitudes and in high altitudes further south. The plant produces small; stiff evergreen leaves that last 1-3 years before falling.  In late… Continue Reading “Uva Ursi”

Rosemary

Native to the Mediterranean region, rosemary is one of the most commonly found herbs in a spice rack, and for good reason – not only does it have a wonderful taste and aroma, but also a wealth of beneficial health effects if regularly added to our… Continue Reading “Rosemary”

Thyme

Thyme is a tiny-leaved herb that is most often used in French cooking.  Make sure to strip the leaves from the woody stems before adding them to recipes (unless it’s used to flavor a roast or soup and then removed before serving!).  Run your… Continue Reading “Thyme”

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is one of my favorite garden plants.  It grows well in our Zone 7 with little effort.  The bees love beautiful flowers.  The best part, is the delightful lemony leaves for my teas or just to crush in my hands. Indigenous to… Continue Reading “Lemon Balm”

Astragalus

The most interesting health benefits of astragalus include its ability to protect heart health, alleviate allergies, boost energy levels, lower stress, strengthen the immune system, slow the aging process, and prevent chronic illnesses. This herbal medicine is also able to prevent cancer as well as aid in chemotherapy. For thousands of years, the powerful extract… Continue Reading “Astragalus”

Wild Cherry

Wild cherry bark (Prunus serotina) is a medicinal herb derived from the black cherry tree that has been used for hundreds of years due to its antiviral, antibacterial, and anticancer properties. It is rich in minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, and magnesium and phytochemicals… Continue Reading “Wild Cherry”

Chicory

Herbalist value (Cichorium intybus) chicory as a bitter digestive tonic. Used as teas, and heated beverages. Prepare just like coffee or add in equal parts to coffee. Also, combines well with coffee, burdock and dandelion root. It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial! Chicory is a woody, herbaceous plant… Continue Reading “Chicory”

Mullein

The wonderful gift of mullein is that it grows almost everywhere, and the benefits are a marvel.  Although native to Europe, it grows all over North America as well. In domesticated places like pastures, fields, roadsides, near train tracks, back lots, and alley ways, even… Continue Reading “Mullein”

Hibiscus

High in vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants, and bioflavonoids, lightly astringent properties, make a wonderful red tea that is good for you and tastes great. The health benefits of hibiscus tea include its ability to reduce high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and inflammatory problems, aid in relieving… Continue Reading “Hibiscus”