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Herbal Remedies

Herbal Healer: What is epazote?

Herbal Healer: What is epazote?

It has long been thought that the herbal cure for many conditions is found within close proximity of the source of the ailment.

September 26, 2013 9:00 am
Herbal Healer: What is galangal?

Herbal Healer: What is galangal?

Aromatic and spicy, galangal has "curried" favor (and flavor!) with Asian cooks down through the centuries. A genuine palate pleaser, this herb has retained a major role in Thai cuisine to this day, being found in numerous curries and soups.

September 19, 2013 9:00 am
Herbal Healer: What is nepitella?

Herbal Healer: What is nepitella?

This minty family often surprises and delights, with the much-valued teak tree being a distant cousin known for its beautiful wood. Nepitella, also known as lesser calamint, is an essential ingredient for success within circles of chefs devoted to Italian cuisine.

September 12, 2013 9:00 am
Herbal Healer: What is nannyberry?

Herbal Healer: What is nannyberry?

We often refer to extremely bright people as "Einsteins." Toward the end of the life of Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778).

September 05, 2013 9:00 am
Herbal Healer: What is phalsa?

Herbal Healer: What is phalsa?

While growing up, kids are encouraged to "eat your vegetables." In the good old days expensive research projects weren’t necessary to back up the wisdom that appeared on our plates lovingly wrapped in the common sense of our parents

August 29, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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Herbal Healer: What is niaouli?

Herbal Healer: What is niaouli?

Sharing family ties with the more popular tea tree and cajeput trees, niaouli yields an essential oil that is as effective, yet milder, than the therapeutic fluids that are steam distilled from its two cousins.

August 22, 2013 9:00 am
Herbal Healer: What is petitgrain?

Herbal Healer: What is petitgrain?

Petitgrain oil-an essential ingredient in this popular, aromatic blend-continues to offer numerous healing applications.

August 15, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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Herbal Healer: What is elemi?

Herbal Healer: What is elemi?

Long popular in the Middle East, these green medicines belong to the same family that includes elemi, a well-regarded tree native to the Philippines from which an aromatic oleoresin is harvested.

August 08, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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Herbal Healer: What is baobab?

Herbal Healer: What is baobab?

Placing all of your unmatched socks in one drawer eventually leads to extra identification work.

August 01, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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Herbal Healer: What is marula?

Herbal Healer: What is marula?

At the heart of most genesis stories worldwide there grows a food-bearing tree that provided vitally important sustenance to our earliest ancestors.

July 25, 2013 12:30 pm Photos

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Herbal Healer: What is willow herb?

Herbal Healer: What is willow herb?

An oft-quoted proverb informs us "that good things come in small packages."

July 18, 2013 12:30 pm Photos

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Herbal Healer: What is lemon verbena?

Herbal Healer: What is lemon verbena?

If we were to line up all of the citrus-tasting herbs and ask the most lemony to step forward, lemon verbena would advance with no arguments from even the best of the rest.

July 11, 2013 12:30 pm Photos

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Herbal Healer: What is white peony root?

Herbal Healer: What is white peony root?

Imagine entering a floral shop and attending to the task of selecting only those flowers that are beautiful to the eye, enchantingly fragrant to the sense of smell and endowed with sufficient potency to manage a wide spectrum of ailments.

July 04, 2013 12:30 pm Photos

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Herbal Healer: What is bogbean?

Herbal Healer: What is bogbean?

Its lacy white flower providing a visual treat for the eyes, this plant won't be seen on your woodland walks, as it thrives best when growing away from dry soil.

June 27, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Herbal Healer: What is stonebreaker?

Herbal Healer: What is stonebreaker?

There is a tendency to rank players on a basketball team by their size when they emerge from the locker room.

June 20, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Herbal Healer: What is birch?

Herbal Healer: What is birch?

Known as the Giving Tree, birch has benefitted human societies for centuries with its numerous curative gifts.

June 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Herbal Healer: What is red clover?

Herbal Healer: What is red clover?

One of the more familiar flowery faces in fields across the land, red clover is enshrined in myths and highly respected by herbal healers.

June 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Herbal Healer: What is shiitake?

Herbal Healer: What is shiitake?

Mushrooms come in many sizes and shapes, with some of the more popular varieties being the puffball, morel, oyster, button and the delicious sandwich-sized portobello.

May 30, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Herbal Healer: What is schisandra?

Herbal Healer: What is schisandra?

A hardy climber grateful for any shaded wall to call home, schisandra is a unique botanical that bears fruit possessing all five flavors (salty, sweet, sour, spicy and bitter) known to Chinese herbal medicine. This attractive, adaptable plant thrives in several types of soil.

May 22, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is turmeric?

Herbal Healer: What is turmeric?

Note: This week's column is dedicated to the memory of Jacquie Demaree, dedicated teacher and avid reader of the Herbal Healer.

May 15, 2013 9:00 pm
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