Nov 102009
 
A Golden Torch: Mullein’s Healing Light

Common Names: Mullein, Punchón, Gordolobo, Wild Ice Leaf, Our Lady’s Flannel, Hag’s (or Hedge) Taper, Torches, Candelaria, Quaker’s Rouge, Botanical Name: Verbascum spp. Parts used: root, leaf, flower, flower stalk resin Energetics – Root: neutral, sl. drying. Leaf: cool, sl. moistening. Flower: cool, neutral Taste: salty, bland, vanilla This velvet leafed plant with its brightly [...]

Oct 172009
 
Blue Mountain Tea: A Sunny Medicine for Cloudy Days

Common Names: Goldenrod, Blue Mountain Tea, Liberty Tea Botanical Name: Solidago spp. Taste & Impression: Bitter, Aromatic, Astringent, sl. diffusive Energetics: Warm, Dry Parts Used: Flowers & Flower Buds, Leaves, Roots Actions: digestive bitter, alterative, stimulant and relaxant nervine, diaphoretic, astringent, digestive aromatic (and carminative), diuretic, vulnerary, anti-inflammatory, bacteria-balancing (often termed anti-infective) Specific Indications: Red, [...]

Oct 012009
 
The Elder Mother’s Pantry: A Bioregional Herbal Materia Medica for Influenza and Other Cold-Weather Ailments

As the colder weather begins to move into the northerly reaches and higher eleveations of the Western hemisphere, there’s been much talk of this year’s especially virulent strains of cold and flu. The most important action you can take this is preventative in nature, including ingesting plenty of fermented foods and bone broth, getting your [...]

Sep 032009
 
Silktassel: Shining From the Shadows

Common Names: Silktassel, Bear Brush, Quinine Bush, Fever Bush Botanical Name: Garrya spp. Energetics: Cold, dry Taste: Bitter, bitter, bitter Actions: Very Strong Relaxant (anti-spasmodic), uterine stimulant, febrifuge, anodyne Parts Used: Twigs & Leaves Preparations: Tincture for the most part, as I’ve yet to meet a person, including myself, who can get the tea or [...]

Sep 012009
 
Herbs Don't Read Books: Cherry Leaf Tea

This is for the September blogparty, hosted by Henriette, with the theme of Herbs Don’t Read Books! Open the herbal book nearest to you, pretty much ANY herb book. Find the section on wild cherry or chokecherry, if there is one. Now check out the contradictions or warnings. It will almost certainly command you in [...]

Apr 302009
 
A Touchstone: The Blessed Verbena

This has been previously published on my website, but I’m posting it here with a few edits and updates for your reading pleasure. Common Names: Vervain, Verbena, Moradilla, Dormilón, Botanical names: Verbena spp. & Glandularia spp. Taste: Bitter, acrid Energetics: Neutral, dry Actions: Relaxant nervine and diaphoretic, digestive stimulant, galactagogue, vulnerary, endocrine/thyroid tonic When most [...]