Saffron: An Ancient Healing Ally
Herbalism

Saffron: An Ancient Healing Ally

“Crocus and Smilax may be turn’d to flow’rs, And the Curetes spring from bounteous show’rs I pass a hundred legends stale, as these, And with sweet novelty your taste to please” – OVID Saffron is a fascinating herb with deep, ancient roots that has been worked with as a spice, medicinal ally and a plant

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Rose: The Flower of Love
Herbalism

Rose: The Flower of Love

“The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove.” John Boyle O’Reilly The ever beautiful and enchanting rose has been the world’s most romantic and beloved flower since the dawn of time. According to fossil evidence, it

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Mucuna pruriens: A Magical Healing Ally
Herbalism

Mucuna pruriens: A Magical Healing Ally

  The tropical climbing legume Mucuna pruriens is an ancient healing ally known for its wide range of tonifying, strengthening, and long lasting mood and health balancing gifts. The seed of Mucuna, commonly known  in the west as velvet beans or cowhage, is an important herb in the ancient Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine and

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Elderberry: Queen of Herbs
Herbalism

Elderberry: Queen of Herbs

How does a plant earn a position as esteemed as the queen of herbs when there are so many amazing botanicals to be found throughout the world? While there are many extraordinary healing friends in the plant kingdom, it is the elder who continues to enchant humans century after century. It can bring healing like no

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Yarrow: Ancient Herb of Healing, Protection, and Power
Health & Wellness

Yarrow: Ancient Herb of Healing, Protection, and Power

“Thou pretty herb of Venus Tree Thy true name is Yarrow Now who my bosom friend must be Pray tell thou me tomorrow”. -Halliwell Yarrow is one the world’s oldest medicinal plants and has been used since ancient times. It’s uniquely gifted in helping just about anything and everything that could ail one’s mind, body

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The Many Gifts of The Much Maligned Dandelion
Health & Wellness

The Many Gifts of The Much Maligned Dandelion

Every spring I teach a class on healing plants at the local herb nursery here in Connecticut. We have a grand time touching, tasting, smelling and celebrating the hundreds of beautiful medicinal and edible plants from around the world that one can choose from at this very special place. As wonderful as each of those

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