• January 17, 2023

Fir Trees and Evergreen Botany

Evergreens are a great source of wintertime survival and medicine. The common fur tree can be used as an antiseptic, decongestant and pain reliever.

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  • January 10, 2023


When I think about my experiences living in and traveling to various parts of California, one of the things I fondly remember is the smell of eucalyptus trees. Maybe it’s because I have had respiratory problems for much of my life, but I really love standing in a grove of eucalyptus trees and just smelling the fresh quality they bring to the air.Eucalyptus is a genus containing about 700 species of trees, most of which are native to Australia, and are now grown all over the world. Most people know…

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  • January 3, 2023

Astragalus the Winter Weather Immune Booster

This wintertime tonic can be used to fortify your lungs and immune system to help ward of illness and is a pleasant tasting remedy that can be used as a food.

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  • December 27, 2022

Red Raspberry Leaf

I don’t know about you, but I love raspberries. They are wonderfully tasty fruits native to both North America and Europe. They have been cultivated since the 16th century and in many places they can also be gathered in the wild. But, as much as I love to eat raspberries, what I want to talk about today are the leaves, which are a wonderful herbal medicine. Raspberry leaf is primarily used as a tonic for the female reproductive system. The English herbalist Henry Box said,” A tea made from red…

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  • December 20, 2022

Asian and American Ginseng

Highly prized as a health tonic in both North America and Asia, ginseng can help the body cope with stress and counter the effects of aging, aid reproductive hormones, boost immunity, and more.

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  • December 13, 2022

Blue Cohosh

Also known as squaw root or papoose root, blue cohosh is a Native American herb that is important tool in aiding childbirth. It is a strong medicine that has an oxytocic-like effect stimulating uterine contractions.

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  • December 6, 2022

Maca Root

A South American tonic herb for enhancing energy, fertility, and sex drive.

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  • November 29, 2022

The Healing Properties of Evening Primrose

My earliest knowledge of field botany came directly from trying to identify plants in the wild. With no formal training in botany, and only relying on various field guides, even when I didn’t know the plant I was seeing, I gradually came to recognize members of various plant families. One of the families I learned to spot early on was the evening primrose family. Later, when I took a field botany course at the University of Utah, I learned the botanical language to describe the characteristics…

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