• Moringa leaves in the sunlight

    Moringa – Plant of the Month, November

    Plant of Month profile contributed by Jessica Grandey Common Names Wonder Tree, The Divine Tree, The Miracle Tree, Drumstick tree, West Indian Ben, Bridal Veil, Muringa/Muringai (Tamil), Jacinto (Spanish), Sahijan, Munaga (Hindi), Shigru, Shobhanjana (Ayurvedic). Benzolive Tree, or Ben Oil Tree

  • Community Graduate – Tamara Niedermann

    Favorite lesson My favorite lesson learned through my time with the Holistic Living School is that this education isn’t just about learning which herbs to use for what, or how to make a tincture or tea, or how to build an herbal business. It’s also about learning about and celebrating your lineage and the people who came before you. It’s about connecting to your ancestors, remembering a practice that’s been forgotten, and becoming more yourself in the process. Journey into herbalism I started learning about herbs as a way to support the people I was serving in my doula practice. I’ve been a doula for five years and I saw…

  • Cuban Oregano – Plant of the Month, August

    Plant of Month profile contributed by Jessica Grandey Common Names French Oregano (in Cuba) Puerto Rican Oregano, Indian Borage, Spanish Thyme, Mexican mint, Broadleaf Thyme, Menthol Plant, Vicks Plant, Spanish sage, Hung chanh (Vietnamese), Bruja Oregano (Puerto Rico), Patta Ajwayin (Hindi)

  • Pineapple – Plant of the Month, July

    Plant of Month profile contributed by Jessica Grandey Common NamesPineapple, Pine Apple, Piña(Spanish,) Ananas(Dutch, French, Hindi) Abacaxi (Portuguese,) Nanas (Southern Asia and East Indies,Tupi) Bahunetra (Sanskrit)

  • Gotu Kola – Plant of the Month, February

    Plant of Month profile contributed by Jessica Grandey Common Names Indian pennywort, marsh pennywort, Asiatic pennywort, antanan in Pakistan. In Malay cuisine it is known as pegaga, brahmi booti in Hindi, brahmi in Marathi, saraswati aku in Telugu,  kudangal in Malayalam, ondelaga in Kannada, Vallarai keerai in Tamil, brahmi (Sanskrit in Ayurveda-not to be confused with Bacopa monnieri), Pohe kula (Hawaii), man t’ien hsing (Chinese), ji xue sao (TCM) pegagam (Indonesian), hang kor chew (Chinese) or nuoc rau ma (Vietnamese) Latin NameCentella Asiatica FamilyApiaceae (The Carrot and parsley family)

  • August Plant of the Month – Cayenne

    Latin name: Capsicum annuum, Capsicum frutescens  – Solanaceae Common name: Cayenne, chili pepper, chile Cayenne comes from the same Capsicum genus that includes many other peppers like habaneros and jalapenos. Capsicum peppers are from the western hemisphere where they have been used for thousands of years. The word Capsicum is derived from a Greek word meaning “to bite.”

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