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Herbal Tea/Tisane

Let’s talk about herbal tea or “tisanes”! This is one of the most popular and accessible preparations, so I think it’s a great place to start… Anybody can do it! Herbal tea or a tisane (tea-zan) is an infusion made from plants other than Camellia sinensis (used to make black, green or white tea), which …

Infused Honey

We love making syrups to add to our carbonated water (thank you Soda Stream!) but you can’t beat an infused honey to spread on toast, add to tea or use as a flavored sweetener for carbonated water. What are a few that we think are delicious? rose petal infused honey lavender infused honey elderberry infused …

Nervine Hypnotics

When you think about nervines, most of the time, you don’t think about differentiating between actions. However, different types of nervines serve different purposes. There are several types of actions: hypnotics relaxants trophorestoratives stimulants Hypnotics have the ability to induce a much stronger level of calm than nervine relaxants. These are generally used in more …

Botany: Leaf Types

When I first started learning botany, the vocabulary was a little confusing. Not only was I having to memorize unfamiliar words and definitions, but I found that different books used different terms to describe the same thing. Here’s a hint: choose a descriptive word you like and stick to using that one. Becoming familiar with …

Eating the Rainbow: Green

When we look at plants, the color green seems to be present in almost all of them. The presence of green tells us something about the plant – it contains chlorophyll. What’s chlorophyll? Chlorophyll is a green pigment in plants with a very similar structure to hemoglobin. The only difference is the central molecule; in …