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The History and Uses of Passion Flower

The History and Uses of Passion Flower

Passion flower (passion vine) is found in every country except Europe, Africa and Antarctica. There are over 500 known species of passion flower and they are almost always vines. Some of the species grow as shrubs but they are few and far between. The passion flower...
Spring Herbal Medicine Chest

Spring Herbal Medicine Chest

Spring brings cleansing and rejuvenation. Most often the liver is the target of a cleansing herbal regimen, since the liver is one of the most important organs in the body. It processes our hormones, contributes to proper digestion, cleanses the body of toxins, and...
Herbal Profile: Milk Thistle

Herbal Profile: Milk Thistle

Milk thistle, or Silybum marianum, is described as an annual, winter annual, and biennial herb that belongs to the Asteraceae family. The main stem of the milk thistle is stout and ridged. The branches spread out, giving the plant an overall size of two to six feet...
Drying, Preserving Flowers, Leaves

Drying, Preserving Flowers, Leaves

I love fresh flowers. But dried flowers make up about 85% of the arrangements in my house. Every holiday is an excuse to make a new dried flower arrangement in a vase or basket, to decorate a coffee table, or act as centerpiece on the dining room table. These...
Health Benefits of Ginger, Cinnamon

Health Benefits of Ginger, Cinnamon

Ginger and Cinnamon are most often found on the spice racks in the kitchen. For most people, they are merely spices used to add flavor and fragrance to our food and drinks. What most people ignore is the fact that these spices are well-known for their medicinal...