Jul 132010
Mending With the Devil’s Darning Needles: The Pain Relieving Properties of Clematis

Common Name: Virgin’s Bower, Traveler’s Joy, Love Vine, Lady’s Bower, Sugar Bowls, Devil’s Darning Needles, Pepper Vine, Leather Flower, Vasevine Botanical Name: C. neomexican, C. chinensis, C. virginiana  and other related species. Botanical Family: Ranunculaceae Botanical Description: Generally semi-woody climbing vines with opposite leaves, trifoliate. Dioecious flowers with four sepals, no petals and numerous stamen. […]

Feb 022010
Sawtooth Sage: A Soothing Southwestern Nerve Tonic

Botanical Name: Salvia subincisa Botanical Family: Lamiaceae Common Name: Sawtooth Sage Energetics: Cool, dry Taste: bitter, aromatic (skunky) Actions: Relaxant nervine, nervous system trophorestorative Parts Used: Flowering tops Come August and our annual summer rains, a lush abundance of flowering plant will grow in the cool shade of Alder trees. Among these will be a […]

Dec 102009
 From the Lion’s Mouth: Dancing a Weedy Revolution

From the Lion’s Mouth: Dancing A Weedy Revolution by Kiva Rose Hardin  http://animacenter.org Common Name: Dandelion Botanical Name: Taraxacum spp. Taste: Bitter, sweet Energetics: Cool, dry “It gives one a sudden start in going down a barren, stony street, to see upon a narrow strip of grass, just within the iron fence, the radiant dandelion, […]

Nov 102009
A Golden Torch: Mullein’s Healing Light

Common Names: Mullein, Punchón, Gordolobo, Wild Ice Leaf, Our Lady’s Flannel, Hag’s (or Hedge) Taper, Torches, Candelaria, Quaker’s Rouge, Botanical Name: Verbascum spp. Parts used: root, leaf, flower, flower stalk resin Energetics – Root: neutral, sl. drying. Leaf: cool, sl. moistening. Flower: cool, neutral Taste: salty, bland, vanilla This velvet leafed plant with its brightly […]

Oct 172009
Blue Mountain Tea: A Sunny Medicine for Cloudy Days

Common Names: Goldenrod, Blue Mountain Tea, Liberty Tea Botanical Name: Solidago spp. Taste & Impression: Bitter, Aromatic, Astringent, sl. diffusive Energetics: Warm, Dry Parts Used: Flowers & Flower Buds, Leaves, Roots Actions: digestive bitter, alterative, stimulant and relaxant nervine, diaphoretic, astringent, digestive aromatic (and carminative), diuretic, vulnerary, anti-inflammatory, bacteria-balancing (often termed anti-infective) Specific Indications: Red, […]

Oct 012009
The Elder Mother’s Pantry: A Bioregional Herbal Materia Medica for Influenza and Other Cold-Weather Ailments

As the colder weather begins to move into the northerly reaches and higher eleveations of the Western hemisphere, there’s been much talk of this year’s especially virulent strains of cold and flu. The most important action you can take this is preventative in nature, including ingesting plenty of fermented foods and bone broth, getting your […]

Sep 032009
Silktassel: Shining From the Shadows

Common Names: Silktassel, Bear Brush, Quinine Bush, Fever Bush Botanical Name: Garrya spp. Energetics: Cold, dry Taste: Bitter, bitter, bitter Actions: Very Strong Relaxant (anti-spasmodic), uterine stimulant, febrifuge, anodyne Parts Used: Twigs & Leaves Preparations: Tincture for the most part, as I’ve yet to meet a person, including myself, who can get the tea or […]

Sep 012009
Herbs Don't Read Books: Cherry Leaf Tea

This is for the September blogparty, hosted by Henriette, with the theme of Herbs Don’t Read Books! Open the herbal book nearest to you, pretty much ANY herb book. Find the section on wild cherry or chokecherry, if there is one. Now check out the contradictions or warnings. It will almost certainly command you in […]