Angelica

By |January 2nd, 2020|

As the legend goes, angelica was revealed to a fourteenth-century monk by the Archangel Michael as a plant that could help ward off the plague. This legend inspired the plant’s botanical name, Angelica archangelica. Angelica has been celebrated for many centuries for its multitude of uses.
Angelica is a pleasantly aromatic herb that sets […]

Elecampane Will the Spirit Sustain

By |December 2nd, 2019|

There’s an old Latin phrase “Enula campana reddit praecordia sana” which means “Elecampane will the spirits sustain,” which is understood to refer to the plant’s gently warming and restorative tonic properties. Botanist Sir John Hill wrote that “hardly any plant has more virtues.” For many cold, stuck conditions creating excess of waste or moisture, […]

Crampbark

By |November 5th, 2019|

Crampbark is native to eastern North America and Europe. The deciduous shrub has lobed leaves, white flowers and red oval berries. It prefers to grow in woodlands and thickets on moist and moderately alkaline soil. Bark from the branches can be gathered in spring and summer when the plant is flowering.
Other common names for […]

Blue Vervain

By |October 29th, 2019|

There are many Verbena spp. that have been used throughout the world for centuries. Many of these species have been used interchangeably. In Europe, Verbena officinalis was most commonly used. Many herbalists believe that Verbena hastata, or blue vervain, can be used in a similar way
The Verbena species as a whole has a colorful […]

Red Clover

By |September 26th, 2019|

Red clover (Trifolium pretense) has long been known as a blood and lymphatic cleanser, making it a great herbal remedy for lymphatic congestion, skin conditions and slow liver clearance.

TRADITIONAL USES, FOLKLORE, AND SYMBOLISM
Red clover was listed in the National Formulary as a skin remedy until 1946. Energetically, it has been said red clover has […]

Four Spring Edibles You Don’t Want to Miss

By |June 4th, 2019|

After months and months of waiting, spring seems to explode into action all at once and before you know it, summer is here. That’s why it’s so important to take advantage of the profusion of delicious and nutritious wild spring edibles before they’ve disappeared. Below you’ll find a list of four of my favorites […]