The Many Uses of Mullein

By |July 24th, 2017|

Mullein is rarely cultivated in the herbalist’s garden as it is a common wild volunteer that seemingly sprouts up out of nowhere (lucky for those of us who gratefully use it for medicine). The name is thought to come from the Latin word for soft, “mollis,” referring to the fuzzy leaves.
The most common variety […]

The Benefits of Valerian

By |June 20th, 2017|

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) has a long history of use as a sedative nervine in Europe, primarily to aid sleep. It is official in the German Pharmacopoeia and licensed as a tea and tincture, and is included in several licensed drugs in Germany. It is the main component in the approved and aptly named, “Sedative […]

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    An Interview with Erin Smith, WishGarden Education & Sustainability Manager

An Interview with Erin Smith, WishGarden Education & Sustainability Manager

By |May 10th, 2017|

Hi Erin, can you tell us a little about your background and how you became interested in herbs?
I’ve been studying herbs since I was fifteen. I don’t really remember the exact moment they called to me, other than that I was an avid reader and remember quite a few of my favorite books at […]

The Benefits of Hops

By |April 30th, 2017|

Hops will conjure up an age-old image of beer making for even the staunchest teetotaler. Luckily for those who shy away from the foaming mug of brew, hops can be enjoyed as a tea or tincture. Taxonomic nomenclature places hops (Humulus lupulus) in the Cannabaceae family.
The famous herbalist and abbess, Hildegaard von Bingen, wrote […]

Green Spring Recipes

By |April 18th, 2017|

Green spring tonics are a time-honored tradition to encourage gentle liver and gall bladder renewal. Leafy greens, both wild and cultivated, are some of the most nutrient dense vegetables of all, and we’ll discuss their nutrition as well as many other health benefits.

This is a time when we transition from winter hibernation to summer […]

A Sweet Spice Mix For Spring

By |March 26th, 2017|

As the early days of spring continue to be brisk and cold, you may want to try and bring some additional zing into your diet through warming spices. There’s a particular spice blend that is not only perfect for this time of year, but is a great fit for any sweet dish. I recommend […]