Baobab Tree – The African “Tree of Life”

by Maryann Readal The tree can reach a height 65 feet. Its trunk is a series of branches that have...

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...

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...

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...

Soursop and Bush Tea

By Scott Aker When the time came to eat the fruit, she asked me to come to the kitchen counter...

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...

African American Plant Medicines of the South Carolina Sea Islands

By Faith Mitchell, Ph.D. Editor’s Note: Dr. Mitchell’s original blog post was featured in April, 2020, in anticipation of The...

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...