Herb Spotlight: Orange the Not So Herby Herb

I got some orange essential oil to start using in a moisturizer since it is a good choice for oily skin, now I’m also making an awesome DIY beauty recipe for chamomile face wash with the oil. As I make more recipes with the extract from the citrus fruit I’m curious, what are the medicinal […]

Herb Spotlight: Lemon Grass for Digestive Health

There are some delicious Thai dishes that feature lemon grass and I’m pretty sure that I’ve had tea that starred the herb as well. But I’ll be frank, I hadn’t worked much with the herb before researching this post. Turns out that this herb is almost as beneficial for the human body as turmeric is! […]

Herb Spotlight: Coriander for Lower Cholesterol

I became immediately intrigued by this spice when I realized that it is just cilantro masquerading with a different name; they are one in the same. After watching the Great British Baking Challenge I noticed that quite a few bakers messed around with coriander in biscuits or buns. I was really curious what else there […]

Herb Spotlight: Lobelia for Cough & Congestion

The only reason that I know about this plant is from my efforts quitting cigarettes years ago, smoking the herb actually pulls gunk out of your lungs while helping stave off the urge for nicotine. It is often used in knicknick blends, Native Americans have been using the herb to treat asthma for years. The vomit sounding […]

Herb Spotlight: Nettle for Allergies & Inflammation

This is a really powerful herb, when used in both herbal medicine and ancient folklore. Did you know that it has been used, when picked in the night, to drive evil spirits from herds of cattle? I mention this because Cowboyfriend didn’t know that either but he chose nettle for me to research this week. […]

Herb Spotlight: Saint John’s Wort for Depression & More

As a Sun child born of fire I’m not surprised how drawn to St. John’s wort that I was. From day 1 of my herbal studies I’ve known that this herb was important, after researching this post I know that is true. Extractions and oils have been made with these herbs have been used to […]

Herb Spotlight: Mugwort

I always thought mugwort to be one of the cooler sounding herb names, like something JK Rowling thought up. The name made me wonder what it could do, because I’m semi-obsessed with origins and how things get their names. After some research I’ve found that no one knows the exact derivation of the sweet name, but since it […]

Herb Spotlight: Turmeric as a Cure-All

This is one of those magical roots that can literally do anything. I like to drink it before bed in a cup of golden milk tea to induce a heavy slumber. It also does great things for almost every other aspect of the body. It is often used in asian foods and is one of the […]

Herb Spotlight: Calendula Flowers

Calendula and marigold flowers are one in the same, but don’t confuse them with the ornamental marigolds found in gardens. Double check your herbs by the scientific name before making your healing products or other natural supplies with dried calendula flowers. I found out about this ingredient when I was dealing with bad acne because […]