For such a soft, light green herb that grows like a weed, the food and medicine of lemon balm is pretty mighty. It’s a powerful mood-elevating herb, a serious antiviral, and a incredibly versatile culinary ingredient. Like salt and pepper, […]
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:
Calendula brings such sunshine to this planet! This joyful little plant packs a gentle, but mighty punch of healing and immune-stimulating properties that have earned calendula quite a reputation as a favorite first aid topical and skincare ingredient. The many […]
Fennel is a largely uncharted vegetable, especially here in the United States. It’s a food and medicine plant with its roots in the Mediterranean, but like many plants, fennel went where the people went. And now, it’s widespread across the […]
Dandelions are probably one of the first flowers children come to recognize. They’re distinct and easy to spot and it’s hard to forget the magic in blowing your first poof of wishes out into the world. I, however, remember dandelions a little differently, but you know how funny memory can be, especially as a child.
Stinging nettle (Urtica spp.) has come to be one of the more popular wild greens of the spring and early summer. It often pops up at farmer’s markets and on farm-to-table menus. Its inherent wildness, culinary versatility, and impressive nutrient density make it quite an attractive plant! If you’re lucky enough to have come across it in the wild, you probably know it by its sting too. While not particularly flashy or showy, stinging nettle’s benefits and uses are incredibly abundant!