Lost in the Sods

By Chrissy Moore While not terribly unique in mountain locales, I always love to see Downy rattlesnake-plantain (Goodyeara pubescens) is...

Good, Great, Gulp-able Ginger

by Pat Crocker Anti-emetic? Ginger root is used as a natural remedy for nausea and vomiting, which is why many...

Thai Herbs, Part I – Papaya

By Chrissy Moore Papaya is a small tree, relatively speaking, growing to about 30 feet tall. Interestingly, it only lives...

Herb of the Month: Ginger – An Ancient Spice

By Maryann Readal Ginger is a very old spice. The Indians and the Chinese used ginger as a medicine over...

Sloe Gin – A Marriage of Prunus and Juniperus

By David McDaniel thorny, and trunks can grow densely together making blackthorn ideal for use in hedgerows, where it was...

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...

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...