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Peach: there’s more to it than the fruit!

Common Name:  Peach tree Latin name:  Prunus persica Family:  Rosaceae Parts used:  fresh leaves, fully dried leaves (NOT wilted leaves) Tissue or system affinity:  digestive system, nervous system Taste:  Slightly sweet, aromatic Energetics:  cooling & moistening Actions:  relaxing nervine, anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic Uses:  a traditional Southern Folk Medicine herb; use the fresh leaves topically as … Continue reading

Milky Oats: the herb that soothes and coats

Common Name:  Oats Latin name:  Avena sativa Family:  Poaceae (Grass family) Parts used:  fresh milky green seed heads, dried stalk, dried seeds Tissue or system affinity:  nervous system, mucous membranes, skin Taste:  slightly sweet Energetics:  neutral & moistening Actions:  nervine, nutritive, mineralizer Uses:  Oats are really overlooked as an herb.  Milky oats (tincture of the … Continue reading

Peppermint: Cool Down & Perk Up

Common Name: Peppermint Latin name: Mentha peperita Family: Lamiaceae Parts used: leaves Tissue or system affinity: digestive system, nervous system Taste: pungent Energetics: cooling & drying Actions: mild analgesic, antinauseous, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive Uses: This herb is so commonly known and so legendary, that we know it is safe and effective (and a key herb … Continue reading

Yarrow: Herb of the Battlefield (or just an amazing first aid herb)

Common Name:  Yarrow Latin name:  Achillea millefolium Family:  Asteraceae Parts used:  leaves, flowers Tissue or system affinity:  skin, uterus, urinary tract, throat, mucous membranes Taste:  bitter, astringent Energetics:  cooling & drying Actions:  anti-inflammatory, astringent, vulnerary, antiviral, diaphoretic, styptic, hemostatic, febrifuge, antibacterial, aromatic Uses:  One of the best first aid herbs I know of.  It will … Continue reading

Agrimony: Uncurling fists since the beginning of time

Common Name:  Agrimony Latin name:  Agrimonia eupatoria (pictured above); we also have two natives species, one I find often along trails…however, I haven’t worked with them medicinally yet as I cultivate A. eupatoria in my garden (A. parviflora and A. rostellata) Family:  Rosaceae Parts used:  leaves (collected before flowering), flowers (flower essence) Tissue or system … Continue reading

Black Walnut: The Fungal Fighter

Common Name:  Black walnut Latin Name:  Juglans nigra Family:  Juglandaceae (Walnut family) Parts used:  green hulls, nuts, leaves, bark Tissue or system affinity:  skin, intestines Taste:  bitter, astringent Energetics:  cooling, drying Actions:  vermifuge, astringent, anti-fungal, mild laxative Uses:  topically as tincture, salve or infused oil to get rid of skin yeast patches, skin fungus, ringworm; … Continue reading

Holy Basil: Clear Mind & Heart

Common Name:  Holy Basil (Tulsi) Latin Name:  Ocimum sanctum Family:  Lamiaceae (Mint family) Parts used:  all above ground Tissue or system affinity:  heart, brain, circulatory system Taste:  sweet, slightly bitter, aromatic Energetics:  cooling, drying Actions:  adaptogen, antibacterial, antiviral, carminative, hypotensive Uses:  internally as a tincture or tea; Ayurvedic herb from India used for centuries; lowers … Continue reading