STINGING NETTLES || URTICA DIOICA

I’m sitting watching the snow fall outside my window and dreaming about stinging nettles; scientific name Urtica dioica. I haven’t been able to find any reliable information about whether or not this springtime herb grows wild in my region. To be honest, at this point I haven’t looked very hard. I’ve just brushed the surface with a quick google search. But, regardless of whether they grow here or not, I know I can cultivate them in this climate. WIN FOR ME!

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GINGER || ZINGIBER OFFICINALE

“Ginger is truly an herbal emissary in the broadest sense. Perhaps no other herb,  except garlic, crosses all barriers, cultural, historical, and geographic – food versus medicine, Western versus Oriental, scientific versus folk tradition. Ginger is a universal herb in all respects.” ~ Steven Foster

Once you’ve discovered the extensive and powerful healing attributes of ginger, you wonder how you ever survived without her.

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MULLEIN || VERBASCUM THAPSUS

So you want to learn a little bit about mullein. I wouldn’t expect anything less – She is marvelous!

Mullein is a member of the Scrophularia family. Her botanical name is Verbascum thapsus.

This plant has a rather majestic appearance. It is biennial and grows to be quite tall in it’s second year. Much of the time that I spent with mullein in the wild was in Northeast PA. I regularly came across plants there that towered over my 5’9″ height.

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WORMWOOD || ARTEMISIA ABSINTHIUM

Most of the time I lived in California, I had a wormwood plant by the door of my home. When I moved across the country, I gave my well-loved door guardian to my oh-so-sweet, young neighbor. She loved plants, and I knew she would provide a good home for my beloved wormwood friend.

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LAVENDER || LAVANDULA AUGUSTIFOLIA

Lavender was one of the first herbs I ever worked with. And, if I’m honest, I have to say we were not very good friends at the start.

I was manufacturing a personal care product line, and selling it both online and at open air markets. I felt as though I needed to carry a lavender line. It is a very popular scent and a well-known therapeutic oil. People love it!

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