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Posts by Jan Montague

Fennel: A Multitasking Herb

by Peggy Riccio In the fall, I clip the seed heads and put them in a paper bag. I save...

Herb of the Month – Lemon Balm – Medicine for the Plague and the Blues

by Karen Cottingham Lemon balm, that delightfully lemony herb, has been used medicinally for centuries. The many beneficial properties of...

The Feeling of Harvests to Come

by Beth Schreibman Gehring “After Lammas Day, corn ripens as much by night as by day.” – Author unknown There is...

Patchouli: What Was Once Old Becomes New Again…and Again

By Amy Forsberg You may have a strong reaction to just hearing the word “patchouli.” It seems to be one...

Herbs with Anise-, Fennel-, and Licorice-Like Flavors

by Susan Belsinger Anise (Pimpinella anisum) Parts used: leaves and flowers; mainly seeds Chemistry: primarily (E)-anethole; germacrene D, beta-bisabolene and...

A True Double Mint – Herb of the Month

By Maryann Readal Double mint is the only mint that has both peppermint and spearmint oils, which gives it a...

Award-Winning Four Elements Organic Herbals: An Interview

By Chrissy Moore Do you have formal training in horticulture and/or herb use? Did you have any mentors that particularly...

Celebrating the Summer Solstice

by Beth Schreibman Gehring Summer solstice is the time when we honor the gift of sunlight. The official start of...

HSA Webinar: Breeding Better Herbs

by Peggy Riccio

Basil – The King of Herbs

By Maryann Readal Although named by the Greeks, basil originated in India 5,000 years ago. In India today, the herb...