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Herbal Practices for Spring

At the end of winter here in California, the countryside is covered with fresh, medicinal herbs like cleavers, chickweed, dandelion, nettles and an array of other edible spring greens—a gift...

Chamomile 101

Like a humble daisy, the tiny chamomile flower doesn’t claim much spotlight, but its impact on herbal medicine and folklore is undeniable and enduring. For many people, a simple chamomile...

Hawthorn 101

During the month of February, when all marketing seems to center on triumphs of the heart, it’s important to remember that not every heart is celebrating Valentine’s Day; many hearts...

Herbalism, Anatomy & Physiology: The Immune System

  The immune system serves as the body’s greatest defense mechanism against foreign invaders. But as herbalists, we see it as much more than just a systematic fortress. Our in-house...

Herbs & The Digestive System

Healing starts with the gut. That’s what our herbalists will tell you. A healthy digestive system supports our mental and emotional well-being, while also processing nutrients and delivering them through...

Skullcap 101

With a ghoulish name like skullcap, an herb could easily get a bad reputation. Fortunately, this plant’s popularity as an herbal medicine has grown over the last few centuries. In...

Lavender 101

Lavender’s sweet, floral and slightly herbaceous aroma is unmistakable. If you don’t already have this beautiful perennial shrub planted in your garden, chances are you still have the herb hidden...

Licorice 101

Have you ever noticed that some people love licorice candy, while others can’t stand it? Some may say this is due to the natural sweetness of licorice root, while others...

Hibiscus 101

When you brew a cup of our Hibiscus Tea, you’ll witness its rich red herbal goodness infusing into your cup almost instantly. This deep red hue is a unique characteristic...

Raspberry Leaf 101

This wild looking plant with its juicy red berries may seem like just a simple sweet treat, but it’s much more than that. It was once said that the Greek...

Nettle 101

Don’t let nettle’s feisty sting scare you! Nettle, or Urtica dioica, has been used for over 2,000 years as a powerful spring tonic, to promote joint health and overall wellness....

Lemon Balm 101

Lemon balm is just one of those amiable, easy-to-love plants. A member of the mint family with broad leaves and a pleasing lemony scent, lemon balm has a genial nature...

Ginger 101

Ginger’s warm, pungent and peppery bite is an international hit. Featured in Indian cuisine as spicy masala chai, in Japan as pickled gari (the spicy, pink shavings served alongside sushi)...

Echinacea 101

The colorful echinacea plant has become a household name, thanks to its amazing immune-boosting properties.* More commonly known as “coneflower,” this plant is native to North America but has also...

11 Plants for Wellness

  Those mints offered at the end of your meal have a story to tell. They’re modern day descendants of the peppermint plant, also known as Mentha x piperita. In...

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