Well, Well, What Do We Have Here? A Tale of Two Acorus Species

by Erin Holden Abenaki: mokwaswaskw (muskrat plant) Ayurvedic Tradition: vacha  Cheyenne: wi’ukh is e’evo (bitter medicine)  Chinese Medicine: shui chang...

Herb of the Month – Caraway – An Old World Herb

By Maryann Readal References to caraway are found in the Ebers Papyrus (1500 BCE) and in the writings of the...

Fennel: A Multitasking Herb

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

Mastic: Something Herbal to Chew On

By Chrissy Moore Mastic is a resin extracted from Pistacia lentiscus cv. Chia L. (Chios mastictree, mastic), which is a...

Nasty Plants and the Reasons to Love Them

by Erin Holden Scrunched up faces. Tongues sticking out. Sounds of choking and disgust. Unfortunately this is the usual reaction...

Growing Up with Betel Nut

By Shaila Gupte Betel nut (pronounced bet′-al) palm trees (Areca catechu) are grown in different parts of India, as well...

Can Constipation Really Cause Lower Back Pain?

Can Constipation Really Cause Lower Back Pain?

If you have low back pain , you’re not alone. According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association , 85 percent of...

Tamarind – Herb of the Month

By Maryann Readal The tamarind tree (Tamarindus indica) is one of many tropical herbal trees. Its leaves, bark, wood, roots,...

How Hot Is It?

By Carol Kagan Counter-Attack for the Burn Capsaicin is an alkaline oil. Thus, water and alcohol don’t help alleviate the...

Celery Seed – The Herb Society of America’s Herb of the Month

By Maryann Readal Cajun seasonings, etc. These tiny seeds pack a lot of punch when it comes to nutrition. A...