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2015 Herb of the Year- Savory


SAVORY – Satureja L. When speaking of Savory, people are most familiar with the perennial Winter Savory (Satureja montana) and the annual Summer Savory (Satureja hortensis). While more widely used as a culinary herb, Savory has also been used medicinally. … Continue reading

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Artemisia of the Week: Wormwood


WORMWOOD Species: Artemisia abstinthium Common names: Wormwood, Absinthe wormwood, Common wormwood, Green ginger History/Folklore: The name Wormwood is derived from one of its many uses – to expel Worms and other intestinal parasites. It has been used for centuries to … Continue reading

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Herb of the Week: Ashwaganda


ASHWAGANDA Species: Withania somnifera Common names: Ashwaganda Root, Indian Ginseng, Winter cherry History/Folklore: Ashwaganda root has been used for over three thousand in Ayuverdic medicine as a general tonic and to help stabilize moods. It is a member of the … Continue reading

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Herb of the Week: Burdock


BURDOCK Species: Arctium lappa Common names: Beggar’s Buttons,Thorny Burr, Love Leaves, Gobo  History/Folklore: Burdock is a common biennial considered by many to be a weed. However, it has been used to treat a wide variety of ailments throughout history. The … Continue reading

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Artemisia of the week: WHITE WORMWOOD


Species: Artemisia herba-alba  Common names: White wormwood, Desert wormwood  History/Folklore: A short shrub that grows commonly in Northern Africa and the Middle East in desert like conditions. It has been used to treat diabetes in Iraqi folk medicine. It has … Continue reading

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Artemisia of the Week: CALIFORNIA SAGEBRUSH


Species: Artemisia californica Common names: California sagebrush, Coastal sagebrush, California sagewort, California mugwort History/Folklore: Native to California, California Sagebrush is a shrub that can attain a height of 5-8 feet whose leaves have a strong sage like aroma. It provides … Continue reading

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Herb of the Week: WHITE WILLOW


Species: Salix alba Common names: White Willow History/Folklore:The use of Willow bark has been noted as far back as 400 BC (the time of Hippocrates). To help reduce fever and inflammation, patients were advised to chew on the bark of … Continue reading

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