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2012


MAY


Eat Your Lawn for Good Health

Spiced Dandelion Greens




APRIL


Herbs for Problem Skin

Herb Profile: Chives




FEBRUARY




How to Make Herbal Wines and Bitters


10 Uses for Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Wintergreen Profile


2011



DECEMBER




Spice it up: If variety is the spice of life, then you have plenty of good culinary reasons to reach into your kitchen spice cabinet on a frequent basis. Here’s another one: Many spices provide certain health-giving benefits. In fact, sprinkling on the spice can be pleasing for your palate and a prescription for well-being.


Herbal Holiday Scents: Recipes




NOVEMBER


Herbs for Cold and Flu Season


Juniper Berry Profile

November Recipes




OCTOBER

Make an Herbal First Aid Kit

The Benefits of Apricot Kernel Oil

Monterey Bay Spice Company moves to Watsonville, CA






AUGUST



Herbal Vinegars for Cooking and Health


Herbal Iced Teas




JULY

 
Natural Pest Control


There are about 200 species of mosquitoes inhabiting the United States, some of which may be residing in your back yard. These and other pests transmit disease, like West Nile virus, yellow fever, Lyme disease and malaria, to name a few. Obviously, natural solutions are better for the planet and people than chemical applications.



Herbal Sorbets and Ice Creams



Natural Sunburn Relief







JUNE

Top Five Herbs for Men






May

VIDEO: Making Root beer with sassafras, burdock root, and licorice root.

Herbal Pet Care

Herbs for Women

Recipes for May






April


The Healing Power of Flowers

Green Your Spring Cleaning
Spring is here. It’s time to dust off your gardening tools and coax the dust bunnies out from under the beds. But while you’re polishing the surfaces in your home to a spiffy shine, you don’t want to trade dirt for a coating of toxic chemicals. Find out how you can green your spring-cleaning routine…


Herbal Butter Recipes
 
Herbal butters lend a variety of flavorful additions to your culinary endeavors. Use them to spice up meat, fish and vegetable dishes, add savory flavor to breads, or to season pasta, rice or couscous.




March


Vision Quest: The Benefits of Bilberry


Herbs: Natural Health and Beauty Formulas

Bilberry Recipes: Bilberry Wine and Bilberry Tea





February


Horseradish: 2011 Herb of the Year

Horseradish Recipes


Chocolate Body Care Recipes






January



Commercial Chai Brewing Company: VIDEO


Monterey Bay Packaging : VIDEO

Nettle, an Herb with Mettle

Nettle Leaf Recipes

Herbal Holiday Treats





2010



December


Sweet Nothings From Stevia: Learn the secrets that South American people have known for centuries-stevia is a natural alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners that won't add inches to your waist or raise your blood sugar levels. Here's more sweet news: Stevia may actually help to lower your blood pressure. Read More


Stevia Recipes


Spicy Hot Chocolate:   Spicy hot chocolate is a wonderful way to share holiday cheer with your family and friends or warm your toes on a chilly winter's day. Spices combine with chocolate to create amazing dessert drinks that are silky smooth. Read more


Herbal Holidays: Make your holiday season truly festive when you present friends and family with the gift of herbal beauty and health. These formulas are sure to please anyone on your list!  Read more


Rapini and Pasta Soup




November


Warm and Inviting: Mulled Spices Beverages



Chipotle Cinnamon Garlic - Rub or Marinade


Thyme and Mushroom Soup





October

Herbs that Soothe the Skin

Ginger Recipes: Carrot Ginger Soup and Ginger Star Cookies

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage





September

Infection Fighting Herbs

Echinacea- Immune Support for Back-To-School Season


Lessons in a Lunch Box







August


Herbal Summer Skin Care

Herbs for Sleep

Hibiscus Flower Profile

More Americans Using Botanicals to Stay Healthy


Medicinal Uses of Cinnamon





July



Four mouth watering Indian Recipes:


Mushroom Pulao Recipe (VIDEO)

Chicken Kofta Curry Recipe (VIDEO)


Vegetable Jalfrezi Recipe (VIDEO)


Saffron Mango Mousse Recipe (VIDEO)





Feature article on Lemon Balm:

Lemon balm may be known as the “calming herb” because of its mild sedative action in people, but it sure gets bees in the garden buzzing while keeping mosquitoes at bay. Country cooks use the herb to flavor beverages, baked goods and meat dishes. Read more about Lemon Balm


Lemon Balm Iced Tea Recipe




Marigold (Calendula) Profile




June


Turmeric –Golden Spice for a Healthier Life



Turmeric boasts a rich history as culinary spice, textile dye, and medicine. Practitioners of the traditional Indian medical system known as Ayurveda, as well as traditional Chinese medicine, used turmeric to “purify the blood” and treat disorders of the skin, heart, liver, and lungs. The herb has earned the well-deserved nickname “Indian solid gold,” even in medical journals—periodicals not known for flowery praise. Authors of these prestigious peer-reviewed publications have gone so far as to refer to turmeric’s key active ingredient, curcumin, as “cure-cumin” and “an ideal Spice for Life.”




How to Dye with Turmeric Root

Learn how to make a turmeric root dye






May


The Incredible Edible Burdock Root

You’ve probably brushed against burdock at one time or other and are familiar with the clinging seed heads. But, did you know the root is a delicious vegetable that detoxifies the body? Burdock tea is an effective remedy for acne, eczema, and psoriasis. What’s more, the herb that inspired Velcro is also reputed to be a remedy for hair loss.




Chickweed Herb Profile


As the name implies, chickweed is considered an invasive weed by many homeowners desiring a luscious, green lawn. It is also a favorite food of chickens. The plant tastes just like corn silk when eaten raw and is comparable to spinach when cooked as vegetable.




Burdock Recipes


Kinpira gobo

Oven Baked Brown Rice with Burdock & Shiitake

Burdock Sauce





April

Spring Cleaning with Herbs


According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the average home harbors more than 150 chemicals that are suspected of contributing to the incidence of respiratory disorders, cancer, birth defects, psychological disorders, and impaired fertility. Disguised as “ordinary” household cleaning products, these chemicals collectively make the air inside the average home up to 70 times more toxic than outdoor air. Learn what hazards lurk in your home and how herbs can help clean them up.




Valerian Root Profile





Herbal Cleaning Formulas

Dishwashing Blues Blend
Lavender Lift Automatic Dishwasher Soap
Lemon Fresh Linen Wash
Orange Glow Fabric Softener
Lavender Soft Scrubber
All-Purpose Cleaning Wipes
Easy Breezy Glass Cleaner





March

Healing Herbs of the Isle of Green

Paddy the Dash of Ulster, Moll Anthony of Kildare, Old Deruane of Inis Maan, and Biddy Early of County Clare. Although these names may sound like fictional characters, they are the real-life wise men and women that practiced traditional herbalism of their native land more than a century ago. As legend tells it, they were successful due to being granted special powers of insight by the Sidhe ("Shee") of the fairy kingdom. While we may find this grand reference charming today, there’s no question that their knowledge of herbal medicine had little to do with pixie dust or luck.







Watercress Profile







Traditional Irish Recipes


Slow Roasted Pork Loin with Lemon, Garlic and Basil


Nettle Soup

Colcannon

Creamed Kale

Irish Soda Bread








February


Darling Dill: The 2010 Herb of the Year



The herb crowned by the International Herb Association as this year’s Herb of the Year is a real dilly—dill, that is. This prestigious designation is traditionally celebrated during National Herb Week in May. But, why wait? You can start commemorating the occasion right now and keep the party going through the end of the year!



Dill Weed Recipes


Thyme Leaf Profile




January


Drink to Your Health with Tea



Mistletoe: an Interesting Legend






2009



December


Rosemary, That’s for Remembrance


“Pray you love, remember.” Ophelia may have pleaded with her brother to remember their father’s death while she teetered on the brink of madness, but rosemary was anything but forgotten in Hamlet’s day. In fact, the herb has long held a reputation for enhancing memory, honoring the dead, and scattering negative vibrations to the four winds. Rosemary is no less important in our culture today, where it is useful in helping us to forget the discomfort of arthritis, muscle aches, and many skin conditions. One day, rosemary may even provide the key to restoring memory loss from Alzheimer's disease.

Red Onion - Rosemary Jam

Morning Biscuits with Rosemary




Holiday Recipes



Country Roads
Mulberry Madness
Winter Blues Chaser
Chamomile & Elderflower Hand Gel
Sandalwood & Rose Skin Salve
Tinted Lip Balm
Peppermint Foot Scrub
Brown Sugar & Vanilla Body Polish
Honey-Tarragon Mustard
Orange-Plum Jam with Ginger
Saffron-Currant Refrigerator Cookies








November

The Wisdom of Sage


Did you know that the sage in your garden and spice cupboard can be used to treat gum disease, sore throat, dandruff, and many kinds of skin irritations? How would you like to prevent gastrointestinal distress and heart disease while improving your memory and keeping your locks from turning gray? Yeah, sage can do all that. And it’s handy in the kitchen too!




Bay Leaf Profile


The bay laurel tree has long been known as a symbol of honor. This is why Greek and Roman scholars, otherwise referred to as baccalaureates, are always portrayed wearing the traditional head wreath made of laurel leaves. In fact, the very name of this herb implies a position of honor when bestowed upon an individual.




Recipes


Roast Turkey with Garlic, Chives, Fried Sage & Toasted Pecans

Roasted Autumn Vegetables with Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

Cheese Ravioli with Pumpkin-Sage Sauce





October

Fight Hot Flashes, Osteoporosis, and More with Fennel

Fennel, a traditional symbol of bravery and courage, is a fearless contender in the war on inflammation, gastrointestinal disturbances, and respiratory ailments. Fennel is also an herb of significance for women since studies have found that it may help minimize symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and bone loss, but without increasing the risk of hormone-driven cancers associated with conventional hormone replacement therapy. It tastes pretty darn good too!




Ginger Profile


Ginger is one of the most widely used and well-documented medicinal herbs known. While it is prominently featured in Traditional Chinese Medicine, ginger has been used extensively throughout most of the world for centuries.




Ginger Recipes


Fruit Chutney

Ginger and Vanilla Custard

Ginger-Pumpkin Soup




September

Profile on Cinnamon

While most people are familiar with this kitchen spice, the cinnamon purchased in western supermarkets is actually cassia and not true cinnamon, which is why this species is sometimes called “False Cinnamon”. In fact, some confirmed purists go as far as calling cassia “Bastard Cinnamon.” In contrast, true cinnamon (C. vernum) is native to Sri Lanka and cultivated in China, Vietnam, Brazil, Egypt and India, while the cassia cinnamon available in the U.S. is obtained from Indonesia.




Cinnamon Recipes



Cinnamon Muffins

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Sauce




August

Lavender: Much More Than a Cure for the Blues

Of all the simples in the botanical kingdom, few hold such a place of reverence in the gardens and hearts of herbal enthusiasts as lavender. It’s graceful beauty, peppery fragrance, and potent therapeutic properties have made this herb a staple in the kitchen, bath, and medicine cabinet. In fact, lavender has been used for centuries to lift mood, induce sleep, and to relieve anxiety and mild depression. But, did you also know that lavender helps to clear stubborn acne, reduce arthritis pain, heal burns, and repel insects?




Profile on Bilberry

Since bilberry is difficult to cultivate, the berries are largely collected from the wild. However, in some parts of the world, namely in Sweden, Switzerland, and Austria, it is considered an “everyman’s right” (right of public access) to pick bilberries from public or privately owned lands, as long as the plant isn’t part of an individual’s private garden.



Lavender Flower Formulas

Old Fashioned Lavender Water

Lavender-Honey Mask for Dry Skin

Lavender Rose Geranium Body Powder

Lavender Bath Salts




July

Chia Seed: From Ancient Mayan Staple to Modern Super Food

Remember the Chia Pet™ clay gardening planters that were once wildly popular? You guessed it – the grain used to sprout rams and sheep were chia seeds. Although these novelty items are still around today, that’s not what offers testimony to the enduring value of this herb. Nor is it the fact that the ancient Aztecs once regarded this food staple so highly that they used it as a form of currency. So…what’s the staying power of chia seed in today’s modern world? Chia seeds are loaded with nutrition from A to Z, literally. And, if you’re watching your weight and blood sugar, then you really need to become acquainted with this herbal ally.




Profile on Neem Leaf

Neem has played an important role in Indian culture and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, where it is still commonly referred to as the “village pharmacy” and “healer of all ailments.” East Africans know this evergreen tree as Mwarobaini, which translates from Swahili to mean, “the tree of the 40,” in reference to earning a reputation for curing 40 different disorders.


Make your own herbal tincture.

Tinctures are herbal extracts made without the necessity of a heat source, in contrast to teas or decoctions. Typically, tinctures are alcohol-based, using the highest proof vodka you can find. However, white vinegar or pharmaceutical grade glycerin can be used instead, if desired.


May

Hibiscus Tea: Food of the Goddess & Defender of Your Health

Nothing soothes the soul and tickles the taste buds better than fresh hibiscus tea, whether served steaming hot or frosty cold. Now it seems there’s yet another good reason to hail hibiscus: Just a few cups of brew a day is an excellent way to maintain good health. In fact, researchers have discovered that hibiscus that may help to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes-related complications.




Profile on Dandelion

Dandelion has long been considered a culinary herb. The ground roots are roasted as a coffee substitute, while the flowers are an excellent addition to salads, served sautéed as a vegetable, or brewed into wine. The English partake of “Dandelion and Burdock,” a fermented soft drink that’s been in circulation since the 13th century. The young leaves can be sautéed or steamed, or eaten raw in sandwiches. In addition, the leaves are abundant in several nutrients, including more iron and calcium than spinach.


Chamomile Facial Toner Recipe

Use this refreshing herbal toner to naturally cleanse, tone, and restore the proper pH balance to your skin.




Herb Gardening Guide


Herb Resources


Herbal Remedies

Natural Remedies


Echinacea Benefits

Guide to Alternative Medicine

Tea Knowledge


A Guide to Tea Ceremonies

Making Cocktails with Herbs


Sleep Tea: The Benefits of Chamomile

Herbal Self Sufficiency


Sacred Herbs

Medicinal Uses of Tea


Herb Gardening: The Basics of Composting

History of Tea

Spices and Western Civilization

Herb Recipes from A to Z

Unique Meals with 25 Essential Herbs


The History of India and Spice Trade


Cooking with Herbs and Spices


Hummingbird Gardens

Natural Remedies fir Acne


Spice Trade and the Age of Discovery

Boston Tea Party



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