Benefits of Witch Hazel

The witch hazel grows over most of the Eastern U.S. For centuries, the shoots of this tree were used as divining rods to discover water and metals underground. It is an old time medical...

Benefits of Santonica

Originating in Russia, santonica is called "Levant wormseed" in Europe. The seeds or unexpanded flower buds are used. It has a very strong aromatic odor and a very bitter, disagreeable taste. It contains a volatile...

Benefits of American Centaury

This plant grows in moist meadows in most of the U.S. It is considered preferable to the European centaury (Erytherea Centaurium) which it closely resembles. The whole HERB is used and should be collected when...

Benefits of Licorice

Licorice is a native of So. Europe, growing in the U.S. in rich, moist soil. It is without smell and of a sweet mucilaginous taste which is sometimes mingled with a slight degree of acrimony....

Benefits of Thyme

Thyme is native to South Europe, but is cultivated in many gardens in the U.S. The Greeks used thyme as incense and strewed the floors of monasteries, churches, and banquet halls, bringing out their...

Benefits of Boneset

According to the Encyclopedia of Gardening, the name "eupatorium'' commemorates Mithridates Eupator, King of Pontus, who is credited with discovering that one of this species could be used as an antidote for poison. It is...

Benefits of Slippery Elm (Red)

(Red) slippery elm was the food and medicine of the pioneers and the American Indians. Indigenous to the U.S., it grows north of the Carohnas but is most abundant west of the Allegheny Mountains. The INNER...

Benefits of Cranesbill

The name Cranesbill refers to the long beak-like projection on the seed. It is also known as alum root, which refers to its styptic properties. Indigenous, cranesbill grows throughout the U.S. It is no relation...

Benefits of Chickweed

This plant, considered a curse by many gardeners because of its creeping and twining among other plants, is worth its weight in gold. It is a good nutritious food which can be eaten raw as...

Benefits of Cubebs

Cubebs are native to Java where it grows luxuriantly in the woods and which furnishes much of the cubebs for commerce. They are not cultivated. The fruits or berries are called tailed pepper and...