Elderberry

Elderberry/ Elder (Sambucus nigra) The elderberry and flowers from the elder tree have tons of uses.The flower is used for treating colds, flu, and respiratory illnesses. One study showed that flu patients who took elderberry remedies healed in half the time as those who did not. This is due...

Herbal Glycerites

Herbal Glycerite Extracts Glycerin is very sweet and will dissolve mucilage, vitamins, and minerals. It does not dissolve the resinous or oily properties of herbs very well, such as Myrrh Gum. Glycerin is great for extracting bio-flavonoids. Glycerites are very sweet, so it makes an excellent choice for children’s...

Nettles

Nettles- Urtica dioica I can’t say enough about this herb. It has been a food and medicine that has nourished our bodies since the beginning of time. Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Hugo, and Emerson wrote about nettles. Nettles have been a part of recordings of the natural world for thousands of...

Brainpower Foods

Add Brainpower Foods to Your Diet to Power Up Your Brain Did you know your diet can have a strong impact on your brain and its ability to function? Enjoy these brain power foods. The right foods are important for both the mind and the body, so your diet...

Venous Insufficiency Herbs

Venous Insufficiency Venous insufficiency arises when veins in the legs don’t allow blood to flow back up to the heart. Typically, the valves in the veins make sure blood flows back towards the heart. However, when the valves don’t work well, blood can also flow backward. This can cause...

Arnica- Arnica Montana

The Herb- Arnica (Arnica Montana) also called Leopard’s Bane, Mountain Tobacco Parts Used- Flowers, The flowers are collected between June and August. Habitat- Arnica Montana can be found in nutrient-poor meadows and clay soils. You can find it in alpine meadows. It is often found at elevations of 3,000...

Basil- Ocimum basilicum

Basil- Ocimum basilicum This herb is one of my favorite cooking herbs. I love the fragrant, spicy aroma. I love the essential oil-rich leaves fragrancing the garden and attracting bees and butterflies. Basil is easy to grow, find fresh in most US grocery stores and has such a rich...

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plant volatile oils or essential oils. These oils and extracts have various uses. You can find them in bath salts, lotions, massage oils, and even perfume blends. Essential oils can be therapeutic to the mind, body, and spirit. The volatile oils of a...