Results for Category: Botanical

Seed Scarification: What Herb Gardeners Need to Know | Herbal Academy | Let’s take a look at a few different methods of seed scarification to increase germination rates among seeds with tough outer shells.
  ON February 23,2021

Seed Scarification: What Herb Gardeners Need to Know

Seeds are packaged by nature to survive the elements. A tough outer shell protects the tender plant embryo inside. Some seed coatings are tougher than others. Seeds with the toughest coatings can be hard to crack, which is why they germinate at much higher rates when exposed to conditions like fire, freezing, or digestive processes…

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  ON January 25,2021

Mugwort Benefits & An Herbal Liniment Recipe

Many people think of mugwort as an herb for sleep and dream support, however, there are many mugwort benefits beyond sleeping and dreaming that are worth exploring. A tall, gangly member of the aster family (Asteraceae), mugwort is the name given to several species in the Artemisia genus, including Artemisia vulgaris, common mugwort, and Artemisia argyi,…

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  ON January 22,2021

Starting Your Own Herb Seeds? Time for Cold Stratification!

January may not seem like an obvious time for garden work in the Northern Hemisphere, but this is actually a crucial time to prepare the seeds of certain plants for the spring thaw. Successful germination in a controlled environment, like a garden, requires that seeds go through conditions similar to what they would experience in…

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  ON December 14,2020

Your Guide to Winter Foraging

Something magical happens in the winter. Our pace slows, the world grows quiet, and we cozy up in our homes with a more inward focus. We’re inviting you out into the quiet world and beckoning you away from your snug nest to go with us on a winter foraging journey. Despite the drop in temperatures,…

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  ON December 06,2020

Soothing Herbal Sitz Bath for New Mothers

You can blend together botanicals celebrated for their relaxing aromas and cooling astringent properties to create a soothing herbal sitz bath. Both yarrow (Achillea millefolium) aerial parts and St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) flowers have been found to aid mothers recovery from the birthing process. Their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties soothe the skin and stimulate…

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