Horse Chestnut

The native American horse chestnut trees are called buckeyes. American Indians prepared the starchy buckeye seeds for food by roasting and washing them thoroughly to remove the poison. They also made a powder of the raw seeds and threw it on the water to stupefy fish. Derivation of name Hippocastanum vulgare is the sweet chestnut [...]

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Hops are native to Britain, although today they are grown in many countries. The English name hops is believed to be derived from the Anglo-Saxon koppan, which means “to climb.” This seems likely since hops is a tall-growing vine. Only the female plants are cultivated and used in brewing. Culinary uses Hops were mentioned by [...]

By |2018-09-10T15:14:55+00:00September 18th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

German Chamomile

What is the world’s most popular herb? Chamomile, of course! It is said more than one million cups of the tea are consumed daily. I believe it, because I am one of the many, almost daily chamomile tea drinkers. It is one of the best de-stressers known to the modern world. Chamomile in ancient Egypt [...]

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Pyrethrum is derived from the Greek pur (fire) due to the hot taste of the root. There are many different varieties and species of feverfew. A member of the daisy family, the name comes from the Latin febrifugia, or “driver out of fevers.” As its name suggests, it is best known for reducing fevers, prompting [...]

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The wild perennial has yellow flowers and fragrant leaves. Oil is made from the fragrant seeds. The seeds have a licorice taste and flavor. Appetite suppressing characteristic The Greeks called the herb marathron, from maraino, which translates “to grow thin.” Many people will be interested in this herb for this reason. The seeds act as [...]

By |2018-09-06T09:12:49+00:00August 21st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments


The name comes from the Greek eucalyptos, meaning well-covered, probably because the flower buds are covered with a membrane. There are more than 500 species of eucalyptus plants ranging from shrubs to 480-foot giants, making eucalyptus some of the tallest trees in the world. Most are evergreen and all produce oils. Native to Australia, the [...]

By |2018-09-06T09:10:02+00:00August 14th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments


Elderberry, it is said, is one of our earliest medicinal plants. It has been found in Stone Age sites. Elderberry folklore Like many herbs that have been around for a long time, powers of good and evil are associated with it. While physicians revered it, for a long time no carpenter would make baby cribs [...]

By |2018-09-06T09:06:27+00:00August 7th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments


Comfrey’s historical uses Comfrey’s reputation as a healing herb dates back to 400 B.C. The ancient Greeks used it to stop heavy bleeding. Greek physicians of the first century prescribed the plant to heal wounds and mend broken bones. Decoctions of the comfrey roots have been used topically in England since the mid-1600s to aid [...]

By |2018-09-06T09:04:28+00:00July 27th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments


Name derivation and uses The ancient Romans called coltsfoot tussilago meaning “cough plant,” which is what it has primarily been used for throughout history. Most herbalists recommended smoking coltsfoot for problems of the lungs and claimed that this use does not injure the lungs like regular tobacco. In Paris, apothecaries hung the coltsfoot flower on [...]

By |2018-09-06T09:02:31+00:00July 20th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments


Calendula is from the plant family asteraceae. Many of calendula’s historic uses are skin-related. Calendula is a native of the Mediterranean area. Today it grows in most temperate regions of the world. The ancient Romans gave it the name calendula because the flowers bloomed on the first day of every month of the “calends,” their [...]

By |2018-09-06T09:03:14+00:00July 13th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

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