Elder Flowers

Scientific Name:  Sambucus nigra Common Names:  elder, mother elder, elderberries, elderflowers Family:  Caprifoliaceae-Honeysuckle Family Uses: sweat-inducing for fevers encourage circulation, colds and flu bronchial and upper-respiratory allergy and hay fever eye wash tonsillitis and sore throat mild laxative rheumatism and gout inflammation The Elder, with its flat-topped masses of creamy-white, fragrant blossoms, followed by large dropping … Continue reading Elder Flowers

Cilantro or Coriander

Cilantro is an herb that is never available in dried form, since its pungent flavor and aroma seem to dissipate almost entirely when dried. Sometimes referred to as Spanish or Chinese parsley.  Fresh cilantro is becoming more widely available in produce markets. Cilantro has a unique flavor and aroma that some savor and others dislike. … Continue reading Cilantro or Coriander

Chamomile Flowers

Scientific Name: Matricaria recutita Common Names: German chamomile, Roman chamomile, wild chamomile Family: Asteraceae-Daisy Family Part Used: flower heads Properties:  analgesic , anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, diuretic, sedative Uses:  indigestion, gas, bloating, heartburn, peptic ulcers, to calm nervousness, insomnia, spasms in stomach and muscles, diluted for children (colic, insomnia, upset stomach), hair rinse … Continue reading Chamomile Flowers

Bay Leaves

Common Names:  Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay, True Laurel Botanical Name:  Laurus nobilis Family:  Lauraceae Bay Leaves, there are two popular types — Mediterranean and Californian. The Mediterranean is milder in flavor. Bay leaves are usually used dry  to reduce some of their bitterness, but can be used fresh too. Commonly used in classic chicken soup, … Continue reading Bay Leaves