From the Garden

Harvest Time in My Medicinal Gardens

After months of planting, caring, watering and loving, here are some of the fruits of our labor. From the tinest of seeds springs the lovely Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla). The flower is sweet scented and delightful as a tea to calm your stomach and help you sleep.             The  prolific Comfrey…

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Jewel weed- Folk remedy for poison ivy!

 Look at an uninvited but welcome guest  growing in my greenhouse! JEWEL WEED!!!  Jewel weed is in the Balsaminaceae family and is also called Spotted Touch-Me-Not . It is an annual plant growing 3-5 ft tall and  flowers  from June to September                       It usually…

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Springtime Medicinal Seed Starting

 Spring 2017 Medicinal Herb Class  Our class members of “Seed to Stalk” successfully started flats of medicinal seeds with my herbalist friend, Katie and me helping them with instructions at our first class  March 30th while the snow was piled high around the barn and greenhouse.                 The…

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Treasures from the Tortola Botanical Garden

From the beautiful Frangipani to Worry Vines, this tropical garden is well worth a visit. The Joeseph R.O’Neal Botanic Garden is located in Roadtown, Tortola. The garden is filled with tropical blooms of  Hibiscus, Ixora,Jasmine,Bouganvillaea, Frangipani, Lling Llang and many more along with tropical fruit trees such as mango,breadfruit and papaya. As you pass under…

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Moringa Oleifera–The Tree of Life

This is an incredible healing tree that I fell in love with while visiting the British Virgin Islands and hope to grow it in Maine! Moringa – The “Miracle Tree” Moringa oleifera, also known as drumstick tree, is a highly valued and versatile plant which belongs to the Moringaceae family. It is a fast growing,…

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Calendula Soothes Rashes!

Calendula officinalis is a wonderful easy to grow annual that is your best skin ally. This beautiful blooming flower in the Asteraceae family has been used medicinally since the middle ages. It is easy to grow by sprinkling seeds in your garden with a light covering. Picking the blossoms as they open in June throughout the…

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Spring Planting for Your Medicinal Garden

This is my procedure for starting my new medicinal plants! As the snow plummets down upon our gardens, I forage through the herbal seed catalogs deciding which seeds to start for this years medicinal gardens. Some to supplement the perennial beds and annuals to start for fall harvesting.Each year there are more medicinal plants to…

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Yarrow Flowers and Leaves, an Herb of Many Uses!

As Herbalist Matthhew Wood says: In order to effectively treat disease we have to be able to decongest blood associated with inflammation, thin stagnant, congealed blood, tone the veins, stimulant the capillaries and arteries, and move the blood to or from the surface. Yarrow, the great ‘normalizer’ of the blood does all these things.  White…

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Article: Old World Medicine

This is a great article from the New York Times: One researcher thinks the drugs of the future might come from the past : botanical treatments long overlooked by Western medicine. BY FERRIS JABRSEPT. 14, 2016 On a warm, clear evening in March, with the sun still hanging above the horizon, Cassandra Quave climbed aboard a jalapeño-green 4-by-4…

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