Mugwort – A Magical Herb with Many Uses!
Mugwort is an herb with an ancient past. Anglo-Saxon tribes believed this was one of 9 sacred herbs given to us by the gods. It was used as a flavoring for beer long before the tradition of using hops. It was considered magical, protecting weary travelers against exhaustion. In fact, Romans planted it along roadsides for this reason. It was also used by travelers to put in their shoes to relieve aching feet.
John the Baptist was said to have worn a girdle of mugwort when he went out to the wilderness.
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Comfrey – A Most Useful Plant in Edible Landscapes!
Even though comfrey is not edible, it is still considered one of the most useful plants in an edible landscape. It has the ability to gather nutrients from deep within the soil, bring it to the surface and make it bio-available for surrounding plants; it is a come and cut again crop, producing up to 4 harvests per year and can be used in medicine and for mulch. Comfrey is the ultimate permaculture plant! Continue reading “Comfrey”
Moringa is an age old plant with many benefits and many nicknames, one of which is The Tree of Life! This is NOT an herb so you may wonder why I am including this in my series, All About Herbs. Well, I am going to treat this as an herb because of the way we use this tree and the benefits it has in the garden and to humans. Continue reading “Moringa”
Artemisia dracunculus (little dragon), commonly known as tarragon, is one of the most expensive herbs one can buy and is the most widely used herb in French cooking. It is native to Russia, Eurasia and China. It is now spread widely across Europe and North America. It has been used for medicinal purposes over 600 years. Introduced to Italy during the 10th century by the Mongolians, it was used as a sleep aid, breath freshener and as a culinary seasoning. Continue reading “Tarragon”
Parsley is the most popular herb in the world and makes a fantastic addition to the edible landscape! Its name literally means celery from the rock, coming from ancient words with those meanings. It was discovered centuries ago and is Mediterranean in nature but has naturalized in almost every climate. It is part of the celery family. Continue reading “Parsley”
Coneflower, as it’s called, is a wonderful addition to any edible landscape garden space. This lovely flower is tall and beautiful with petals that seem droopy, hence the name. The pronounced center followed by the inverted petals makes it sort of look like an upside-down cone.
Echinacea is native to all but the most southern United States and can be cultivated in nearly all areas of the US. Continue reading “Echinacea”
I’m sure that you think of the fruit when you hear the word plantain, but there’s a wild herb that grows in all of North America and Canada known as Plantain Herb (Plantago sp.) The Native Americans called it “white man’s footprint” because it seems to tolerate and thrive in the disturbed soils of the early European settlers. Continue reading “Plantain”
Oregano. We all know it. It is a primary ingredient in pizza, giving the sauce its wonderful flavor and other Italian foods its wonderful aroma. Oregano is much more than just an Italian culinary herb and today we will learn a little bit more about it. Continue reading “Oregano”
The Ultimate Cleansing Herb
Lavender, when spoken, produces thoughts of clean in our minds. This is a natural reaction and it makes sense since its name came from the term lavare, or latin for wash or bathe. Continue reading “Lavender”
A Superfood Worthy of its Title
Ginger is originally from southeast Asia and is therefore a tropical plant that has been renowned for thousands of years both for its culinary uses but also medicinal properties. Continue reading “Ginger”