From the Garden

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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What I Am Reading Now

I am excited to share my newest additions to my Herbal library which are “The Modern Herbal Dispensatory” by Thomas Easley and Steven Horne and Matthew Wood’s “The Earthwise Herbal Repertory”. Two totally different herbal reference sources, one very quick, easy to access and the other much more  in depth with cross references for specific health…

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Understanding Adaptogens

Adaptogens are non-toxic herbs that assist in fighting depression and increasing stamina. Here’s what you need to know. The 7 best known adaptogens: Ginseng Holy Basil Ashwaganda Astragalus Licorice Root Rhodiola Cordycep Mushrooms Photo by quinn.anya Photo by rubel roy’s photography

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