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Kudzu: Pesky Invasive, Necessary Medicine

Grape kool-aid. Grape jelly. The intensely sweet smell of flowering kudzu is simply mind-blowing this time of year. Even though this plant (Pueria lobata) is a nasty invasive in the South…I think it’s important to find creative ways to collaborate with it. I mean, we have no choice at this point. And, I truly sense … Continue reading

Plant Love & Interns’ Final Projects

Sniff, sniff… Just had the most wonderful call with the interns last night. It was our last call as I’m simplifying things to prepare for the birth of this little one. Two of them have worked with me directly at the apothecary. And, one was a friend and a satellite intern, of sorts. Normally, each … Continue reading

Mini-CSA: Fall/Winter Immune Box!

Announcement!  The apothecary will not be offering a FULL Fall/Winter CSA this coming season.  Baby is on the way this Fall and our family needs to shift gears to prepare ourselves! With that said, the apothecary *WILL* be offering a “mini-CSA.”  This will be ONE box that I send out in mid-September with herbal preparations … Continue reading

Mimosa: If Happiness Was a Tree

I knew this was going to be my last article in the wonderful, local Mississippi magazine, Catfish Alley.  I’ve moved to Tennessee, so we knew we had to part ways…  However, I didn’t know that this was going to be Catfish Alley’s last issue. I’ve loved getting to know the publisher, Birney Imes and the … Continue reading

Poke: a Deep South Herb for Deep Work

The Spring 2017 issue of Catfish Alley is now available!  And, as usual, I submitted an article on a local plant that I like to use as medicine.  As you can already tell by now, the article was on poke or Phytolacca americana. A fun twist this quarter, is that my article on poke was … Continue reading

Sweet Gum Tree: The Warm Protector

Common Name:  Sweet gum Latin Name:  Liquidambar styraciflua Family:  Hamamelidaceae (Witch hazel family) Parts used:  green balls, leaves, bark, resin Tissue or system affinity:  lungs, throat, joints, immune system Taste:  aromatic, slightly bitter Energetics:  warming, slightly drying Actions:  anti-viral, expectorant, astringent, drawing Uses:  topically, the resin can be used to draw out infection; topically, the … Continue reading