Category Archives: Herbs

Of valerian and garlic

This photo shows my “mother” valerian (Valeriana officinalis) plant which I grew from seed a few years ago.  Each year it comes back larger and stronger.  Two years ago I noticed another valerian plant growing some distance away from this … Continue reading

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Dandelion pumpkin soup

I’ve been harvesting dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) lately.  Some of the plants are now sitting in their menstruum for the next six weeks as I make a dandelion tincture from the whole plant.  I found some really beautiful dandelion leaves and … Continue reading

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Making a root tincture

This is the first tincture I have made which consists solely of a root.  It is bitter dock (or yellow dock) whose Latin name is Rumex obtusifolius.  I love the yellow color of the roots in the menstruum.  And, yes, … Continue reading

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Boneset syrup

Fresh from the refrigerator . . . boneset syrup.  I made this a couple weeks ago in preparation for winter cold and flu season.  I was unsure if I would need it since I do not often get colds (although … Continue reading

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Hanging out to dry

Goldenrod has begun blooming in my area.  This is one patch of it just outside my front door.  I began harvesting last week and this morning I harvested another armload. I stripped off the not-so-nice leaves and hung the three … Continue reading

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Drinking shiso

The garden produced an abundance of shiso this year (as noted in the spring sprouting of hundreds of shiso seedlings).  Since the shiso is beginning to grow its beautiful flowers, which will be followed by thousands of seeds that I … Continue reading

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Indian tobacco

Earlier this summer I discovered this plant beginning to bloom.  After some searching I learned that it is usually called “Indian tobacco” and its latin name is Lobelia inflata.  I also learned it is a medicinal plant.  I repeatedly saw … Continue reading

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Boneset harvest

I harvested, dried and saved boneset for the first time about six weeks ago.  Remember all those boneset stems hanging to dry?  Well I removed the leaves from their stems, crumbled them and put them in this jar. I connected … Continue reading

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Saving boneset

The boneset returned this year even stronger, with more stems, than last year.  (This photo shows the boneset plant from a year ago.)  With the recent knock-down rainstorms, many of the boneset stalks toppled.  After waiting for the boneset to … Continue reading

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Black cohosh

For the past several years, whenever I walked down my driveway, I noticed and admired this plant.  I have wondered just what it was.  This summer it bloomed and I decided to identify it properly.  Turns out to be black … Continue reading

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