Ashwagandha {Withania somnifera}

Also, Known As: Ashwagandha Indian Ginseng Withania The herb known as the ashwagandha is a small plant in the same plant family as the common garden tomato. This plant is a stout shrub which can grow to a height of about five feet-170 centimeters when fully matured. The ashwagandha is similar to the tomato, in … Continue reading Ashwagandha {Withania somnifera}

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Horsetail {Equisetum arvense}

Also, Known As: Bottlebrush Horsetail Mare's Tail Scouring Rush Shave Grass Horsetail is a well-known herb; it is a perennial herb growing in moist loamy or sandy soil found in much of the North American continent, as well as in similar climates in Europe and Asia. The morphology of the horsetail herb is very strange and the … Continue reading Horsetail {Equisetum arvense}

Your Apothecary Cabinet: Herbal First Aid Kit…

Being prepared with my favorite remedies gives me peace of mind on the road or trail, and keeps me from having to search out herbal products in an unfamiliar town — or from having to resort to padding my heels with mullein leaves to ease the agony of a broken blister while on a backpacking … Continue reading Your Apothecary Cabinet: Herbal First Aid Kit…

Common Base Oils {Your Apothecary Cabinet}

Vegetable and herbal oil are used in creams, lotions, massage, facial and body oils, gels, and salves. Sweet Almond (Prunus amygdalis var. dulcis) and Apricot Kernel (Prunus armeniaca): emollients, can relieve itchiness and dryness. Arnica (Arnica montana): indicated for bruises, varicose veins, burns, strains and sprains, arthritis, and myalgia. Avocado (Persea Americana): wonderful oil for … Continue reading Common Base Oils {Your Apothecary Cabinet}

Calendula Oil {Your Apothecary Cabinet}

Marigold has much value today and in traditional cultures as a homeopathic remedy, but the oil extracted from the flowers, called calendula oil, is not far behind in providing benefits. Learn more about this oil distilled from the petals of the pot marigold or Calendula officinalis, and how you can harness its health and practical … Continue reading Calendula Oil {Your Apothecary Cabinet}

Oats {Avena sativa}

Also, Known As: Avena Sativa Common Oats Groats Oats Wild Oats The plant-based cereals called the oats - botanical name: Avena sativa - is a very nutritious food and remedy. The oat is rich in protein, has lots of beneficial minerals such as calcium and magnesium, trace elements and potassium as well as iron - while also being very high in vitamin content. The … Continue reading Oats {Avena sativa}

DIY Yarrow Tincture (And 5 Ways To Use It)

Original post-July 10th 2017... This past spring, I was excited to see a couple of yarrow plants growing next to my driveway. I've watched them as they've grown, budded, and unfurled their creamy white flowers, and now that they're full grown, they're ready to be put to good use. This week, I decided to take some … Continue reading DIY Yarrow Tincture (And 5 Ways To Use It)