Cranberry – Herb for the Holidays

By Maryann Readal Flowers bloom in May and June on the stolons and terminal ends of the vine. Because the...

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...

Coffee – A Bean with a History

By Maryann Readal It is said that coffee was discovered around 850 CE in the Ethiopian highlands by a goat...

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...

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...

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...

Calendula – Herb of the Month – An Herb of the Sun

By Maryann Readal The Romans are believed to have named the calendula after the Latin word calendae (a word referring...

Dianthus – Herb of the Month – A Plant of Beauty and Meaning

By Maryann Readal Carnations are an edible flower, if they have not been sprayed with chemicals. In the sixteenth and...

Know Your Tarragon – The Herb of the Month

By Maryann Readal Early medicinal uses of French tarragon include using the herb to combat fatigue. It is said that...

Bay Laurel – Herb of the Month, Herb of Achievement

By Maryann Readal Propagating bay takes patience as it is very slow to germinate and grow. The Herb Society of...