As a symbol of strength in softness, true love and heartbreak, beauty, purity, mystery, friendship, celebration, and even death, the rose covers all the bases of the great human experience. And beyond her vibrant symbolism, the food and medicinal uses […]
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:
Everyone knows mint! Peppermint is probably one of the world’s oldest and most well-known herbs. It’s a common food ingredient and flavoring, has many uses in the cosmetic and ornamental industries, and also has a long history of use in […]
Rosemary is as much at home at a summertime backyard barbecue as it is in a medley of roasted winter squash and root vegetables. Its perky and invigorating smell earns it a place in many a fall or winter wreath, […]
Like many of our medicinal herbs and spices, ginger has a long history of medicinal use that is making a comeback as more research verifies its value as a plant medicine. To say the very least, the health benefits of […]
Cinnamon, as warming and sweet as it is, is a quintessential spice of the fall season. And this common spice that we might take for nothing more than the flavor of fall has a long history of use as both […]
In the late summer, just as you start to feel a tiniest hint of cooler temperatures slip in, the elderberries start to ripen and it’s a race to harvest before the birds eat them all. Every year, it’s me versus […]