Learn about a variety of useful herbs including their health benefits and nutrients, the best ways to grow them, how to use them, and how they work in your body.

Aloe Vera

Scientific name: Aloe barbadensis Originally from eastern Africa, aloe vera has become an incredibly popular plant. In fact, it is so popular, you can find it just about anywhere, from ...
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Basil

Scientific name: Ocimum basilicum Basil has been used throughout time for digestive and nervous system issues, from stomach cramps and gas to indigestion, preventing vomiting, and killing intestinal worms. With ...
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Burdock

Scientific name: Arctium lappa Burdock grows easily almost anywhere, and while often treated as a weed, it's very effective for cleansing and detoxing the body. Well known for improving skin ...
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Cabbage

Scientific name: Brassica oleracea Also known as "colewort". Cabbage has been used for many generations as a digestive remedy, joint problems, skin problems, and fevers. It was even used to ...
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Calendula

Scientific name: Calendula officinalis Calendula, also known as pot marigold, has been used for generations, and  grows edible, nutritious flowers which can be used in soups and salads. It's a ...
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Cayenne

Scientific name: Capiscum annuum (also Capiscum frutescens) Solanaceae family (Nightshade) Also known as chile, chili pepper, "Ginnie pepper" back in 1548. Cayenne is a safe herb used both in the ...
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Chamomile

Scientific name: Chamaemelum nobile (Roman chamomile) & Matricaria chamomilla (German chamomile) Chamomile is very well-known, used today mainly as a tea for digestion aid and settling an upset stomach. While gentle ...
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Chickweed

Scientific name: Stellaria media Often called the "snow in the summer", Chickweed grows proficiently and is sometimes seen as a weed in gardens. Its shallow root system creates a living ...
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Dandelion

Scientific name: Taraxacum officinale Dandelion, the biggest enemy in Suburbia right? How did this become this way, when half the world utilizes dandelion regularly for medicine and food?  Either way, ...
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Echinacea

Scientific name: Echinacea angustifolia, E. purpurea Also known as coneflower and purple coneflower Echinacea is another very popular herb used mainly for its immune-enhancing, disease and infection fighting properties. And ...
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Elder

Scientific name: Sambucus nigra Elderberry and the elder flower are fairly well known, and are used often in Europe for curing colds. Nutrients Vitamin A, C Bioflavonoids Flavonoids Phenolic compounds ...
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Garlic

Scientific name: Allium sativum Also called the "stinking rose" Garlic is an incredible plant, being perfectly safe for use in the kitchen, while also providing many health benefits. It, along ...
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Ginger

Scientific name: Zingiber officinale Ginger root is very well known and found in most kitchens, almost as much as garlic. It's not only a tasty addition to meals, it's very ...
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Ginkgo Biloba

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Salisburia adiantifolia Also called the "maidenhair tree" "Significant improvement in mental states, emotional lability, memory, and tendency to tire easily, have been reported..." - Rudolf Weiss, 1985 Commonly ...
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Ginseng

Scientific name: Panax quinquefolius (American Ginseng) Ginseng has been used for a wide variety of health issues throughout history. There are 11 species of ginseng, so we will be talking ...
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Goldenseal

Scientific name: Hydrastis canadensis Used frequently by Native Americans, goldenseal has been a go-to for infections, internally and externally, for the skin, respiratory, digestive issues, and more. Nutrients Hydrastine Berberine ...
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Hawthorn

Scientific name: Crataegus laevigata A member of the rose family, hawthorn trees can grow to be 200 years old, and the berries, flower, and leaf are used for a variety ...
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Hops

Scientific name: Humulus lupulus "Hops... preserves the drink, but repays the pleasure in tormenting diseases and a shorter life." - John Evelyn, 1670 We all know the familiar hops flavor ...
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Lavender

Scientific name: Lavandula officinalis, L. angustifolia "especially good use for all griefes and paines of the head and brain." - John Parkinson (1640) Lavender is commonly known for its relaxing, ...
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Lemon Balm

Scientific name: Melissa officinalis "[Lemon] Balm is sovereign for the brain, strengthening the memory and powerfully chasing away melancholy" - herbalist John Evelyn, 1600's Lemon balm is another one of ...
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Licorice Root

Scientific name: Glycyrrhiza glabra Licorice the candy is very well known with a love-it-or-hate-it type of flavor. Licorice root is 50 times sweeter than sugar cane believe it or not, ...
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Marshmallow

Scientific name: Althaea officinalis The family which marshmallow belongs to comes with many health benefits and few toxicities if any. It is sweet and can be used both internally and ...
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Mullein

Scientific name: Verbascum thapsus A tall flowering weed, mullein can get up to 7 feet in height, and is well known for remedying various respiratory problems, especially coughs. Nutrients Polysaccharides ...
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Nettle

Scientific name: Urtica dioica, U. urens While stinging nettle might be a little painful to grab (and will cause a rash), the health benefits are extraordinary. It has the ability ...
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Oats

Scientific name: Avena sativa, A. fatua Oats are obviously very common for most households. Eaten as a breakfast cereal and soothing for skin irritation and dryness in a nice hot ...
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Olive

SCIENTIFIC NAME: OLEA EUROPAEA (OLEACEAE) It is now thought that the leaves of olive trees are the most highly concentrated with active nutrients compared to the rest of the plant, ...
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Parsley

Scientific name: Petroselinum crispum Parsley is a well known herb used for many dishes in the kitchen as an extra flavor and for decoration. Originally in the Mediterranean region it ...
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Peppermint

Scientific name: Mentha piperata Peppermint with its familiar sweet flavor right off the plant, is very versatile, safe with no side effects, and easy to grow. Nutrients Volatile oils: menthol, ...
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Plantain

Scientific name: Plantago major, P. lanceolata Plantain is another weed that is probably as plentiful (and useful) as dandelion and grows just about anywhere. Many of us as kids probably ...
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Red Clover

Scientific name: Trifolium pratense Used by farmers for feeding their livestock, as well as a ground cover for adding nitrogen to soil, red clover is a nice looking garden flower ...
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Rosemary

Scientific name: Rosmarinus officinalis Rosemary was considered sacred by many ancient civilizations like the Egyptians and Greeks, and for good reason. It is one of the most powerful herbs on ...
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Sage

Scientific name: Salvia officinalis Sage is another valuable herb useful for medicinal purposes as well as in the kitchen. From helping heal a sore throat, lessen menopausal hot flashes, prepare ...
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Spearmint

Scientific name: Mentha spicata Nearly as popular as peppermint, spearmint is considered the oldest of the mint family, other types being the offspring of it. It doesn't stand out in ...
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St. John’s Wort

Scientific name: Hypericum perforatum St. John's Wort has been used throughout history and is known as a powerful herb.  Many ancient people used it for a variety of healing purposes ...
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Thyme

Scientific name: Thymus vulgaris Thyme is very effective for stimulating the immune system, and directly strengthens the thymus gland, which itself produces a type of white blood cell (the disease ...
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Turmeric

Scientific name: Curcuma longa Used often in Indian dishes and some Asian dishes, turmeric is closely related to ginger with its many medicinal uses as well as kitchen versatility. It is ...
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Witch Hazel

Scientific name: Hamamelis virginiana (Hamamelidaceae) Witch hazel is beneficial mainly externally for the skin and veins. It has been used in the past making a decoction with the bark to ...
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Yarrow

Scientific name: Achillea millefolium Another flowering plant easily found in the wild while going for a walk, in temperate climates all over the world. Used for a wide range of ...
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