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In Praise of Plantain

Native Americans referred to Plantain as Englishman’s Foot or White man’s Foot because of how he sprouted up everywhere that white man appeared on the land. This was because the seeds were in their boots (from walking through it in Europe) and would scatter wherever...

Rosemary Helps You Remember

When most people think of  Rosemary, they think of cooking. The fact is, many ‘kitchen herbs’ have medicinal value as well! Exploring kitchen herbs is a simple way to get to know medicinal herbs. It’s easy to find them at your local nursery to start a garden. Although...

Delicious Stuffed Daylily Flowers

Have you ever eaten a daylily flower? These beautiful flowers come in a rainbow of colors and I have several in my yard ranging from a deep orangy red to a solid orange to a buttery yellow. These beautiful summery flowers not only brighten the landscape but they are...

Get Ready for Roses!

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows Quite overcanopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-Roses and with eglantine. William Shakespeare Much poetry and literature has been written around the deceptively beautiful...

Taking Stock of Burdock

rootslong, thicknourishing, toning, cleansingslow, steady, takes time.tonic Burdock is quite useful. His roots, also known as Gobo, are used as a vegetable. Is it any wonder since he contains Calcium, chromium, cobalt, inulin, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus,...

The History of Marshmallow

Marshmallow, MarshmallowLots of roots, useful rootsSoothes the inflammation,Since the ancient EgyptiansExpectorant, demulcent,Heals wounds, diuretic When you hear “marshmallow” you might possibly be envisioning that white fluffy treat that is often melted over a...

Do you grow Yarrow?

The Native Americans rate Yarrow as one of their most important herbs and with good reason, Yarrow has many uses, as you’ll soon discover! Yarrow is related to Asters such as Echinacea, Dandelion, and Chicory, to name a few. Yarrow’s botanical name is Achillea...

Sunny Calendula

Herbs of sunshine warm and brightHerb of skin care, healer’s delightSuch healing power received from you One of Calendula’s common names is pot marigold. There is another plant known as marigold too, which has a genus name of Tagetes. Though they are not related, they...

All Things Elderberry

Elderberry is so very, extra-ordinary that she must be (surely) part Fairy! Lore abounds for this elegant bush! Folklore around the world connects Elder with protection from evil spirits and bad luck, as well as many nature spirits such as dryads and fairies.  The...

Loving Lemon Balm

Lifting,Eraser of tension,Mood enhancing herbObliteratesNervousness and  Banishes colds, flus andAnxiety whileLeaving one feelingMellow Lemon Balm is a well loved plant that is grown in gardens around the world. This plant’s sweet, lemony scent and taste are delicious...

Herbal Flower Tea Party

The weather has been just lovely! For most, school’s out for the summer and it’s time to celebrate! So, why not throw a herbal flower tea party to welcome in the summer festivities? It’s fun and easy to create a flower tea party environment! All you need are a lot of...

Caught up in Cleavers

Cleavers growing in the yard,Tangled, sprawling all aroundOh, those itchy, scratchy stemsMake them easy to be found. Cleavers will often find you before you find it! That’s because it has fine hooked hairs that grab onto anything that moves by it, including the fur of...

Spice Up Your Life (and Cocoa)

Winter brings colder weather which can chill you to the bone. Warming herbs are a great way to beat the chill, keep your internal fire burning and your immune system healthy and fully functioning. Traditional chai recipes are full of warming herbs and spices: black...

Wondrous Witch Hazel

Herbalist Susun Weed tells a wonderful story about the creation of Witch Hazel which describes how Witch Hazel blooms in the middle of winter. When all other plants are slumbering, Witch Hazel shows off her beauty with frilly yellow flowers, reminiscent of fireworks,...

Take a Deep Breath, Ahhh! Eucalyptus

Many people associate Eucalyptus with the taste of the commercial Halls Menthol-lyptus cough drops. If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that Eucalyptus can be very opening to the sinuses! However, we don’t need a cough drop full of questionable ingredients to get...

Kids Can Make Fire Cider Too!

  In support of Fire Cider Awareness Week, we here at Herbal Roots zine have decided to share just how easy it is to make fire cider. In fact, it’s so easy that even a kid can make it! But first, a bit of background on fire cider.  The Past, Present and Future of...

Ode to the Oak

The mighty oak! So much lore has been based on this magnificent tree, which can grow to be hundreds of years old, growing slowly and steadfastly. This wonderful tree offers food, shelter, medicine and so much more for both man and the creatures who live in the woods....

Carefree California Poppy

The state flower of California, this jubilant splash of color across the countryside is more than just a pretty little flower; her medicine has been used for centuries. A member of the Papaveraceae family, California Poppy does not have the habit forming narcotic...

Teach Your Kids to Use Herbs: Part II

“I have a vision on the earth made green again through the efforts of children. I can see children of all nations planting trees and holding hands around the globe in celebration on the Earth as their home and all children, all people as their family.”  – Richard St....

How to Teach Kids to Use Herbs: Part I

“We must take our children into the wild, introduce them to the plants, and teach them of their connection to the earth. In instilling in our children a respect for plant medicine, we not only care for their tender bodies but help pass along the seeds of a tradition...

Slip Sliding Away with Slippery Elm

This month it’s time for a little tree magic! Elm is in the Ulmaceae family. Slippery Elm’s botanical name is Ulmus rubra. He is also known as Ulmus fulva. Other species of Elm such as Siberian Elm (U. pumila) and American Elm (U. americana) are also medicinal and can...

Onion As Medicine?!

Wintertime can be a hard time to learn about herbs up in the Northern Hemisphere. Most plants are still sleeping and will be for a few more months, while we are still eager to learn all about the medicinal side of them. We still try to get outside every day and see...

That’s using your Nog(gin)

This month’s herb is all about Nutmeg and what better way to celebrate Nutmeg than with Eggnog! Nutmeg is often used in sweet, spicy dishes such as custards, pies, cookies and other treats as well as some savory dishes. We traditionally use Nutmeg this time of year...

Not Your Usual Cranberry Sauce

What would Thanksgiving be without the Cranberry sauce? This is one native North American plant the settlers were grateful for. Early settlers learned from the Native Americans to use the berry for treating many problems including scurvy, digestive problems, loss of...

An Apple (Elixir) A Day

Spring has arrived early in our part of the country and with it brought early blossoms of sweet smelling Apple. When people think of the healing side of Apple, they automatically think of the fruit or perhaps Apple cider vinegar. Did you know that this tree member of...

Glossary of Terms and Actions

Abortifacient – An herb that can cause a miscarriage and should be avoided in pregnancy. Examples include Wild Ginger Achene – A small dry indehiscent (closed) one-seeded fruit. Examples include Calendula, Dandelion, Sunflower Acidic – Having a pH less than 7. Acrid –...

Do You Have Enough Thyme?

Do we EVER have enough time/Thyme? That delicious little culinary herb is such a great herb to always have on hand. Read on to find out why… Thyme is very high in Chromium, iron, silicon and contains lots of calcium, cobalt, magnesium, manganese, riboflavin, selenium,...

An Apple (Elixir) A Day

Spring has arrived early in our part of the country and with it brought early blossoms of sweet smelling Apple. When people think of the healing side of Apple, they automatically think of the fruit or perhaps Apple cider vinegar. Did you know that this tree member of...

Bengay?! No Way, Use Birch!

I’d like to go by climbing a birch tree, and climb black branches up a snow-white trunk. Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more, but dipped its top and set me down again. That would be good both going and coming back. One could do worse than be a swinger of...

Slathered in Seaweed

Kelp and other types of seaweed have long been used medicinally and therapeutically for a whole body healing experience. Kelp is high in Iodine, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Manganese, as well as a good source of Vitamin A,...

Crafty Clove

Ready to make some fun holiday gifts? Clove necklaces are creative, easy to make and unique. Clove necklaces impart a delightful smell when worn! There are many ways to string them up on a necklace and they will last for years if you treat them well. Over time the...

I Just Dyed!

We have a lot of fun dying silks using herbs. Some of our  favorites are Poke berries and Black Walnuts. It takes about 2 weeks total to do. All sorts of herbs can be used. I’ve used Dandelion blossoms to make a pale yellow, Goldenrod for a deeper...

Practical Primrose

Hear the name Evening Primrose and what do you think of? Evening Primrose oil? Helpful for inducing labor? High in GLA’s? Anything else? There seems to be a lot of silence in the room! Well, this month, I hope we can give you some more ideas on the many wonders of...

Cool as a Cucumber?

This month at Herbal Roots zine we’re all about Bergamot, using it in our teas, in our salads and drying plenty for wintertime use. Bergamot oils, vinegars and honeys line our counters ready to be used as needed for treating sunburns, sore throats, coughs and more....

Just Relax!

Pool parties… Barbeques… Park Outings… Sleepovers… Vacations… Camps… Family Get-togethers… Amusement Parks… Swimming Lessons… Summer can be a bit overwhelming! When it’s time to unwind and relax, have you ever felt so worked up you just can’t? Well, Lavender is the...

That Stings! The Joys of Nettles

Mmmmm, Nettles! One of my all time favorite spring plants, I love to walk out to a patch, pruners and basket in hand, ready to prune off the vibrant green tops and munch on a few leaves raw. Raw?! Yep! They are delicious raw and once you know the trick, they are...

What’s So Balmy about February?

Winter seems so long and Spring so far away. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some balminess in your life right about now? Cottonwood, commonly referred to as Balm of Gilead, is dropping his resinous buds right now! These heavenly smelling buds and twigs can make all sorts...

Got Cold Feet?!

Has the wintertime chill creeped into your hands and feet, rendering them cold and achy? Cinnamon may be just the herb to get your circulation flowing into your outer extremities and help them to warm back up! Cinnamon is the perfect herb to have on hand for the...

Sage Advice

Sage is great for cooking with but did you know it’s great for medicinal use as well? Sore throats, brighter teeth, healthier gums, enhanced memory, these are just a few of Sage’s many purposes in medicine! He is also great for those who perspire excessively. Here is...

Elderberry vs. Pokeberry

Want to learn more about Elderberry? Buy the Elderberry issue here. Want to learn more about Poke? Buy the Poke issue here. An elderberry bush…this is about 10-12 feet tall.   Notice the giant clusters of tiny berries as opposed to small long clusters of large...

Rosie Tea Party

One of our favorite activities in our house is having a tea party. I can’t think of a better herb to have a tea party with than rose! This herb is so versatile, your entire tea party could be served up with roses, including the fresh flowers to decorate your table!...

Dyeing with St. John’s Wort

I am so excited about how fun and easy it is to dye using St. John’s wort tincture that I wanted to share it with my Herbal Roots zine newsletter subscribers! This is one of the crafts in the St. John's Wort ebook of Herbal Roots zine. Wanna know how to turn this: ...

Make a Herbarium

This is a great project for keeping track of the herbs you learn. It’s easy to carry around and won’t take up much space in your backpack or pocket. It’s great to take along on hikes to identify and collect new herbs too! What you will need: 1 sheet of cardstock or...