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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 …

Harvesting Roots

Fall, winter and early spring bring opportunities for harvesting roots (as long as you don’t mind digging through the snow!) The Basics Make sure you’ve positively identified your plant and understand what you are looking for. Always collect from clean areas, as plants absorb toxic materials into their roots and leaves. Don’t be an “herb …

Botany: Leaf Arrangement

Let’s continue our overview of some botanical basics. Last time I talked about leaf venation and this time I’m going to talk a little about leaf arrangement. Alternate: This is when you see a leaf on the left side of a stem, then a little bit up there’s a leaf on the right side of …

Anticatarrhal

Anticatarrhal is one of the herbal actions you’ll encounter as you journey through your herbal studies. This term was more commonly used in early herbal texts, but I use it in my program as well. What is Catarrh? Catarrh is mucus, plain and simple. Anticatarrhals are primarily used in cases of congestion of the upper …

Yarrow

What’s in the Name? Achillea – representing a couple of different folklore stories that have been passed down: Achilles used it to treat his soldiers in the battlefield Achilles mother dipped him in protective water – a yarrow infusion – but she held his heel meaning that his entire body was safe from harm, except …