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A Unique View of an Esteemed Native Plant: Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal)

By Katherine Schlosser “I may here observe, that the disease of cancer is not confined to civilized nations. It is...

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...

Horehound – Herb of the Month

By Maryann Readal The Egyptians and the Greeks used it to treat respiratory problems, while the Romans used horehound as...

Hawaiian Herbal Medicine: Rooted in Family and Tradition

By Kaila Blevins However, healers from then and now continue to follow the same principles when approaching plants. They revere...

Who Was That Guy?

By Chrissy Moore Schultes was born in 1915 in Boston, Massachusetts, but spent many years of his life studying plants...

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...

The Other Side of Yew

By Erin Holden This all sounds well and good, but if we look at the history of yew, we see...

Parsley – Herb of the Month and Herb of the Year

By Maryann Readal The Romans, on the other hand, wore wreaths of parsley to ward off intoxication and used it...

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...