Wild Cherry Bark

Wild cherry bark 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 such as quercetin and kaempferol. Wild cherry bark also contains vasorelaxant, expectorant, … Continue reading Wild Cherry Bark

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 from astragalus plant has been used in traditionalmedicine.  The extract of astragalus comes … Continue reading Astragalus

Salt Glow Body Scrub Recipe

Rejuvenate your body and remove dead skin with this easy to make body scrub.  Glowing skin is always in.   Ingredients 3 cups finely ground kosher salt, Dead Sea salts, or salt of your choice 1 cup of a dried herb (see below), finely chopped or crumbled (opt.) 1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil or … Continue reading Salt Glow Body Scrub Recipe

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 finger and thumb along the stems (the opposite direction of growth) … Continue reading Thyme

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 diet. The scientific name of this perennial woody herb is Rosmarinus officinalis. Similar to many … Continue reading Rosemary

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 spring, white to pink flowers bloom, eventually producing ¼- to … Continue reading Uva Ursi

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

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

Calendula Flowers

Calendula is an annual plant with cheerful orange flowers that blooms in the spring.  Every gardener should grow calendula, not only for the color, but also for the herbal properties of the flower. Calendula officinalis Uses:  wound healing, burns, stings, varicose veins, thrush, gastritis, painful periods, inflamed and ulcerated conditions, warts and corns (sap), and callouses. … Continue reading Calendula Flowers

Sweet Basil

Basil is available in many varieties.  Choosing which basil to grow and use is the hardest part, but using them is very easy.   There's cinnamon, dark opal, holy, lemon, lime, spicy bush, purple ruffles, sweet thai and many others to choose from.  But sweet basil is my favorite.  It has the classic basil flavor we've all come … Continue reading Sweet Basil