It has long been thought that the herbal cure for many conditions is found within close proximity of the source of the ailment.
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.
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.
We often refer to extremely bright people as "Einsteins." Toward the end of the life of Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778).
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
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.
Petitgrain oil-an essential ingredient in this popular, aromatic blend-continues to offer numerous healing applications.
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.
Placing all of your unmatched socks in one drawer eventually leads to extra identification work.
At the heart of most genesis stories worldwide there grows a food-bearing tree that provided vitally important sustenance to our earliest ancestors.
An oft-quoted proverb informs us "that good things come in small packages."
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.
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.
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.
There is a tendency to rank players on a basketball team by their size when they emerge from the locker room.
Known as the Giving Tree, birch has benefitted human societies for centuries with its numerous curative gifts.
One of the more familiar flowery faces in fields across the land, red clover is enshrined in myths and highly respected by herbal healers.
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.
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.
Note: This week's column is dedicated to the memory of Jacquie Demaree, dedicated teacher and avid reader of the Herbal Healer.
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