Materia Medica: Borage

Botanical/Common Name: Borago officinalis/ Borage, Common Bugloss, Star Flower Family: Boraginaceae Hardiness Zone: Annual Height/Width: 18-30 in./ 12 in. Parts Used: Leaves, Flowers, Seeds Taste/Smell: Sweet, bitter and pungent Tendencies: Astringent, cooling, moist Indications: Improves kidney function, skin problems, bronchitis, inflammatory chest congestion, infections. It is also good for arthritis, anxiety, fevers and it helps…

Materia Medica: Yarrow

A valuable tool for any herbalist, “Achillea” said to be named for the mythological, Achilles, was first used by the Greek over 3000 years ago as a way to staunch bleeding wounds during battle.  The fern-like leaves can be used to treat anything from toothaches, fevers, and digestion to the prevention of gall stones.  Drying…

Goldenrod Facts and Folklore

Our “Herb of the Week”, Goldenrod, has many healing properties as the latin name suggests. Solidago comes from the latin word “Solidus” which means whole and many herbalists around the world use it to treat everything from UTIs to inflammation of the skin. Fun Facts About Goldenrod There are 25 species of goldenrod in Indiana…

Materia Medica: Goldenrod

Botanical/Common Name: Solidago canadensis or Solidago virgaurea/ Goldenrod Family: Asteraceae Hardiness Zone: Perennial in zones 4-5, 7-9 Height/Width: 6-8ft/ 8-36in Parts Used: Aerial parts in bud stage Taste/Smell: Slightly bitter/ Aromatic, floral aroma Tendencies: Slightly warming and drying Indications: Mental weakness, physical exhaustion, arthritis, gout, allergies, cold and flu, inflammation of urinary tract/bladder, kidney stones,…

Materia Medica: Peppermint 

​Common Name: Peppermint  Botanical Name: Mentha peperita Plant type: Perennial  Hardiness Zone: 5 Height/Width: 12-24in/12-24in Description: Found in moist soil with a strong sweet scent. It has crinkled leaves with reddish-purple tinged stems. The 2 inch leaves are pointed and  toothed. The flower spikes are 2-4 inches long with lavender flowers. Spreads fervently with runners and can be…

Herbal Medicine, Not A Poor Man’s Practice

I’ve researched several schools where you can get certified in the practice of herbal medicine and I’ve found them to be very expensive. It varies between $1000 to upwards of 20k. This isn’t in my budget at the current time, so I’m going to opt for the self taught route for now. In a future…

What is Herbalism?

What is Herbalism all about? Wikipedia defines it as “the use of plants for medicinal purposes, and the study of botany for such use”. To me that is a very limited definition.