Materia Medica

July – Porterweed

Published on June 22, 2020 under Garden
July – Porterweed
Latin name: Stachytarpheta jamaicensis - Verbenaceae Common name: Porterweed, snake weed,  blue porterweed, Jamaican vervain, worryvine, Brazilian tea Usage: The leaves and flowers of porterweed are utilized for food and medicine. The small blue to…
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June Plant of the Month- Pine

Published on May 23, 2020 under Home
June - PineLatin name: Pinus spp. (Pinus elliottii - slash pine, Pinus palustris - long leaf pine ,Pinus clausa - sand pine , Pinus echinata - shortleaf pine , Pinus taeda - loblolly pine ,Pinus serotina - pond pine ,Pinus glabra - spruce pine) - PinaceaeCommon name:  Pine Pinus elltioti-…
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May Plant of the Month – Fennel

Published on April 16, 2020 under Garden
Latin name: Foeniculum vulgare -  Apiaceae Common name: Fennel Usage:  The entire above-ground portion of the fennel plant can be utilized for food and medicine and have been for centuries. Valued by the Greeks &…
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April Plant of the Month – Calendula

Published on April 1, 2020 under Garden
Latin name: Calendula officinalis - Asteraceae Common name: Calendula, pot marigold Usage: This sticky, golden, aster is well known as an all-star skin remedy. The resinous flowers are cooling and soothing topically, as well as…
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March Plant of the Month – Plantain

Published on February 25, 2020 under Garden
March - Plantain Plantago lanceolata By Rasbak - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Latin name: Plantago major, Plantago lanceolata,Plantago virginica,  - Plantaginaceae Common name: Plantain The leaves of Plantago major and Plantago lanceolata, commonly…
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February – Oak

Published on February 1, 2020 under Garden
February - Oak Latin name: Quercus spp.  - Fagaceae Common name: Oak Usage:  The wood of the oak genus, or Quercus, has long been utilized for its strength and durability, from ship framing to tanning…
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January – Citrus

Published on December 23, 2019 under Garden
January - Citrus Latin name: Citrus spp. - Rutaceae Common name: Citrus, oranges, lemon, lime, pomelo, grapefruit, mandarins, etc etc Usage:  Many of the common citrus fruits we know and love are not only delicious…
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December – Prickly Pear Cactus

Published on November 25, 2019 under Garden
December -Prickly Pear Cactus Latin name:  Opuntia spp. - Cactaceae Common name: Prickly pear, nopales,tuna, Indian fig, many different names by many cultures of people across the regions in which it grows Usage: The usage…
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November – Bee Balm

Published on October 26, 2019 under Garden
November - Bee Balm Sydenham Teak Edwards (1768-1819) [Public domain] Latin name:  Monarda punctata (other species commonly utilized - M.fistulosa, M. didyma, M.citriodora ) - Lamiaceae Common name: Bee balm, horsemint, spotted bee balm, dotted…
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October – Ashwagandha

Published on September 25, 2019 under Garden
October - Ashwagandha By Salicyna - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Latin name: Withania somnifera - Solanaceae Common name: Ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, winter cherries,asgandh Usage: Here in the Western world, ashwagandha root has recently…
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