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Herbal Healer: What is cubeb?

Herbal Healer: What is cubeb?

Like a charming guest welcomed to stay indefinitely, the spice rack enhances dishes both simple and complex while lending a warm, inviting aroma to the kitchen.

October 17, 2013 9:00 am
Herbal Healer: What is edamame?

Herbal Healer: What is edamame?

For thousands of years the soybean has been a valuable food source in China and Japan.

October 10, 2013 9:00 am
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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Royal Baby Chart

Royal Baby Chart

July 25, 2013 9:30 am
Royal baby shares planetary influences with mom and dad

Royal baby shares planetary influences with mom and dad

Like the ocean’s tides, planetary influences reach Earth’s terrestrial shores wave after endless wave, washing away the sandcastles of yesterday while sculpting the edifices that house our current hopes and dreams.

July 25, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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Royal Baby Chartwheel

Royal Baby Chartwheel

July 25, 2013 9:00 am
Prince George Chartwheel

Prince George Chartwheel

Prince George Chartwheel

July 25, 2013 9:00 am
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
Herbal Healer: What is kidney vetch?

Herbal Healer: What is kidney vetch?

Commonly seen growing on top of “green roofs” in Switzerland, kidney vetch carries the nickname “woundwort” owing to its marvelous capacity to heal minor cuts and scrapes. Viewed side by side, this botanical medicine and common clover would appear as fraternal twins, the obvious difference b…

May 08, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is carline thistle?

Herbal Healer: What is carline thistle?

During the Middle Ages the Emperor Charlemagne—Carl the Great to the German tribes—was losing soldiers to a dreadful plague. Folklore has it that an angel gave the ruler this herb, which was named in his honor, to stem the tide of this deadly epidemic. A natural hygrometer of sorts, carline …

May 01, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is speedwell?

Herbal Healer: What is speedwell?

Owing to its wide variety of healing applications, this herbal panacea was highly regarded by northern Europe’s Germanic tribes. Indeed, an ancient meaning of the word “speed” is “thrive.” Any botanical reputed to offer a toolbox filled with cures would, indeed, be one associated with the co…

April 24, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is potato?

Herbal Healer: What is potato?

Today’s promised land overflows not with milk and honey, but with mountains of French fries and chips made from fried oils and the potato, the largest vegetable crop on Earth. Thus, our modern tastes and food choices have turned an otherwise health foods dynamo into a leading contributor to …

April 17, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is lady’s bedstraw?

Herbal Healer: What is lady’s bedstraw?

Among several herbs carrying the popular name bedstraw, Galium verum—or lady’s bedstraw—wields a coumarin scent that possesses the power to repel fleas. All of these plants were used to stuff mattresses, but the wealthy—the lords and ladies of Merry Olde England—apparently had the privilege …

April 11, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is ramson?

Herbal Healer: What is ramson?

Upon waking from their annual period of hibernation, Europe’s brown bears would gorge themselves on their freshly uncovered ramson (wild garlic) bulbs. This powerful gusto for ramson moved the scientific community to name this herb Allium ursinum—ursa being the Latin word for bear. The lure …

April 03, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is njangsa?

Herbal Healer: What is njangsa?

As tall as a fifteen-story building, the njangsa tree accentuates the hustle, bustle and color found in West African rainforests. A number of edible caterpillars flock to its chewier portions before themselves becoming a source of protein foods for local human populations.

March 27, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is potato onion?

Herbal Healer: What is potato onion?

Spring gardening is that time of the year when good planning can result in bountiful harvests for months to come. Selecting a variety of edibles assures that many different lessons in the art of raising food will be learned as the days lengthen into the light-filled calendrical gems that sho…

March 20, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is corchorus?

Herbal Healer: What is corchorus?

Also known as jute—when its fibers are used for cloth—and Jew’s mallow—when its nutritious leaves are eaten as a vegetable—corchorus has been raised for food and medicine for countless centuries in its native Africa, as well as in India and parts of southern Asia. Cleopatra’s legendary beaut…

March 13, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is celosia?

Herbal Healer: What is celosia?

Blessed with vivid colors and showy flowers, celosia is a favorite among gardeners seeking ornamentals that rate high in eye appeal. To the cook and the practitioner of folk medicine, this member of the amaranth family is also reliable in the kitchen as a nutritious food and in the clinic as…

March 06, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is beechnut?

Herbal Healer: What is beechnut?

Black bears love them. Porcupines love them. Even flying foxes love them. The 3-sided nut produced by the stately American beechnut tree is savored by other creatures, as well, including the human forager. Before agriculture—the labor-intensive raising of annual crops—there was arboriculture…

February 27, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is caralluma?

Herbal Healer: What is caralluma?

Out of approximately 120 species belonging to the caralluma genus, one member has managed to graduate with honors from the scientific scrutiny that explored the age-old claims regarding its weight-loss ability.

February 20, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is carob?

Herbal Healer: What is carob?

It tastes like chocolate (without the caffeine!), it appears in several important Biblical tales and the weight of its seeds provided the basis for measuring the relative purity of objects made from gold (the carat). Often called the locust tree, carob’s edible pod is often referred to as St…

February 13, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is white kidney bean?

Herbal Healer: What is white kidney bean?

The “Three Sisters,” namely, beans, maize (corn) and squash, characterize the core of Native American agriculture. Long considered among the simplest of foods, these staples kept a number of farming tribes viable and well fed over many centuries. Grown together, the Three Sisters crops forme…

February 06, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is shagbark hickory?

Herbal Healer: What is shagbark hickory?

If you love pecans—especially in a well-made, mouth-watering pecan pie—then you’ll love the hickory nuts produced by the amazing shagbark hickory tree. Native to Indiana and its neighboring states, this towering giant is unique among its hickory clanmates.

January 30, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is bupleurum?

Herbal Healer: What is bupleurum?

Bupleurum (boo-plur-rum) plays a major role in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), where it is referred to as chai hu. Its medical magic resides in the root. Easy to grow from seed, bupleurum brightens up any garden or flower pot with its clusters of dainty greenish-yellow blooms. Florists w…

January 23, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is argan?

Herbal Healer: What is argan?

Located in the Western Mediterranean—most notably in an arid stretch of southwest Morocco—the argan tree projects the perfect image for a plant capable of reaching “senior citizen” status. Thorny with gnarled trunks, an argan stand of trees can reach the age of 200 years. Just as interesting…

January 16, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is wheat grass?

Herbal Healer: What is wheat grass?

One of the healthiest foods that we can put into our bodies is the sprouted grass—and its juice—raised from the simple wheat berry. Like the air that we breathe, wheat is everywhere. Did you have a bagel, pancakes, French toast, waffles or Wheaties cereal this morning? Then you have wheat co…

January 09, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is apple mint?

Herbal Healer: What is apple mint?

Like the Jolly Green Giant, both the leaf and the height of the apple mint impress with their size. If the Mint Family Reunion committee offered a souvenir T-shirt, apple mint would be the big kid asked to stand in the back, while its cousins—peppermint, spearmint, horehound, lavender and th…

January 02, 2013 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is mastic?

Herbal Healer: What is mastic?

This resinous gum exudes from cuts made in the bark of a small tree that grows in Northern Africa and among islands and countries located in the eastern Mediterranean. The tear-shaped drops of mastic gum are associated with Saint Isadoros, whose martyred body was dragged under a mastic tree.…

December 26, 2012 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is mountain spinach?

Herbal Healer: What is mountain spinach?

Native to the steppes of northern and central Asia, mountain spinach was introduced to English gardens in 1548 where it thrived as both an ornamental—owing to its strikingly beautiful reddish-purple leaves—and a tasty leaf vegetable. Because it remains popular in French kitchens, this attrac…

December 19, 2012 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is garden cress?

Herbal Healer: What is garden cress?

Sharing kinship with watercress and mustard, garden cress is relished for its tangy, spicy taste and aroma. From a medicinal standpoint, this native of Egypt and the Middle East provides a treasure trove of natural cures through the creative uses of its seeds, leaves and roots. Over the cent…

December 12, 2012 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is ivy gourd?

Herbal Healer: What is ivy gourd?

With its showy flower and inviting red fruit, this tropical vine provides food and green healing agents to its grateful devotees.

December 05, 2012 9:00 pm
Herbal Healer: What is Malabar spinach?

Herbal Healer: What is Malabar spinach?

Offering your taste buds a mild, pleasant hint of spinach, the large leaf of this fast-climbing vine also brings a list of nutrients to the table and useful home remedies to the medicine chest. Also known as Indian spinach, this native of tropical Asia probably first appeared in India or Indonesia.

November 28, 2012 9:00 pm
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