With nicknames like “Queen of the Herbs,” “Incomparable One,” and “Mother Medicine of Nature,” holy basil (tulsi) is an herb for all reasons and seasons. It’s one of India’s most revered plants spanning cultural, social, religious, and medicinal roles. Modern […]
Meet the Plants
Let’s get to know these amazing plants a little better!
If you want to cut straight to the point, let’s get the introductions over with… in the sweetest & most scientifically supported way.
Here you’ll find the individual materia medica, or plant profiles that include collected information on the health benefits of some of our most common culinary & medicinal plants.
You’ll find snippets of botany & plant identification, nutritive properties, medicinal qualities, as well as the historical & modern-day uses of each plant.
There’s some fun & interesting folklore & ethnobotany that narrates a wild & crazy story of how plants are intricately interwoven into human history. For example, do you know the story about how the health benefits of coffee slowly gained notoriety because of some goats & a scuffle with some monks?
Let’s face it; we’re in a tangled web with this planet & I like it!
It’s so easy to forget that many of the herbs & spices we use every day are actually full of health benefits. Hopefully what you’ll find here will help remind you of the highly accessible medicine we have all around us.
All information provided here is well-researched & backed by quality science referenced in each post.
Start with these popular materia medica:
Stressed and anxious? How about this intoxicating pepper?! Kava kava (or kava for short) is a tropical plant steeped centuries deep in the social, cultural, and medicinal traditions of the South Pacific. Well-known for its ability to ease anxiety and […]
For thousands of years, hibiscus, also commonly called roselle, has long been loved as both a food and medicine in many parts of the world. And today, summertime just wouldn’t be the same without some bright, ruby-red, tart, and tangy […]
After water, coffee is one of the most universally consumed beverages in the entire world. It’s such a significant part of our everyday that it’s easy to forget that coffee, too, is a medicinal plant. However, as wonderfully beneficial as […]
Loved for its sweet fragrance and beauty, and un-ironically named for the color of its blooms, lavender is an herb of great culinary and medicinal versatility. The benefits of lavender range from its potential to help us sleep better and […]
For a delicate-looking little flower in the sunflower family, the abundant benefits of chamomile might be a little surprising. Amongst its many benefits, chamomile can help ease our bodies and minds on the toughest of days, help us sleep better, […]