Maitake 101: A Valuable Mushroom | Herbal Academy | Maitake mushrooms are high in nutrients and are great for the immune system! Here's a delicious recipe as well as other ways to use this healthy food.
  ON October 09,2017

Maitake 101: A Valuable Mushroom

Early October in New England means many things: cool and sunny days, peak fall color, crisp apples, and icy cold cider come to mind, for starters. More obscure but no less exciting (for some of us)—it’s maitake time. Maitake what? Maitake mushrooms, also called hen-of-the-woods, or Grifola frondosa. If we’ve gotten enough precipitation in late…

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Adding Yarrow To Your Materia Medica | Herbal Academy | Would you like to add yarrow to your materia medica? Here's how to correctly identify and safely use this beneficial herb!
  ON September 12,2017

Adding Yarrow To Your Materia Medica

Yarrow grows freely in my gardens and I encourage it to do so, as much for its beauty as its beneficial uses. While the blooms have just gone by in my garden, the harvest is drying on the herb rack and macerating into a potent tincture in the herb cupboard. And while yarrow has long…

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All About Dandelion (For Your Materia Medica) | Herbal Academy | Come and learn all about dandelion and its many uses for your materia medica!
  ON June 30,2017

All About Dandelion (For Your Materia Medica)

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is most assuredly a treasured plant in my local materia medica and is appreciated by herbalists throughout temperate regions of the world. Sadly, dandelion is not celebrated by all—due to its penchant to grow and blossom wherever it darn well pleases, it is loathed and poisoned by those who value a pristine…

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Creating a Local Materia Medica with Burdock | Herbal Academy | Learn how you can use burdock for food and medicine as part of your local materia media.
  ON October 19,2016

Creating a Local Materia Medica with Burdock

Most of us know burdock, even if we don’t realize we know burdock. This plant’s ingenious seed dispersal system—its clingy burrs—demands we pay attention eventually, for example, when removing them from our clothes, our hair, or deep in our dog’s plush fur. Inconvenience aside, you’ve got to give burdock credit for ingenuity. Swiss engineer George…

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Creating a Local Materia Medica with Holy Basil | Herbal Academy | Holy basil is part of the mint family and is useful for fighting stress and aging. Learn the other many uses of this plant for your local materia medica!
  ON September 30,2016

Creating a Local Materia Medica: Holy Basil

There is an herb in my local materia medica that is not native to my area, does not grow wild, isn’t hardy here in New England, and isn’t perennial—it requires annual seeding in the garden and is sensitive to frost. Despite these limitations, I am undeniably, profusely, and irrevocably in love with holy basil, and…

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Creating a Local Materia Medica With Mothewort | Herbal Academy | Motherwort is a large, tough plant, but has the ability to soothe and balance the body. Learn the many uses of this plant for your local materia medica!
  ON August 08,2016

Creating a Local Materia Medica With Motherwort

Motherwort is the gift that keeps on giving in my garden. A member of the tenacious mint family (Lamiaceae), she self-seeds herself prodigiously. Her tenacity is nothing a little weeding can’t take care of, and in turn, I have set aside a designated patch where she can reseed to her heart’s content. Let’s learn how…

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Create A Local Materia Medica With Plantain | Herbal Academy |Plantain, with its edible and medicinal uses and widespread availability, is a fantastic addition to your local materia medica list.
  ON July 13,2016

Creating a Local Materia Medica With Plantain

Part of the beauty of a local materia medica is its humility, and you can’t get much more humble than plantain (Plantago spp.). Considered a weed the world over, this tenacious and resilient plant steadfastly grows in lawns, fields, roadsides, disturbed land, sidewalk cracks—you name it. And while plantain is oft overlooked today (saved by…

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Creating a Local Materia Medica with Yellow Dock | Herbal Academy | Come learn about yellow dock and how to create your own local materia medica with it this month!
  ON June 24,2016

Creating a Local Materia Medica with Yellow Dock

I had originally intended to write this month’s local materia medica about another herb entirely, but then I replaced the fence around the patio and stumbled upon a new plant to my land – yellow dock. Join me as I explain how to identify and use yellow dock in your local materia medica! Discovering Yellow Dock The aforementioned fence…

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Sweet Violets of Spring | Herbal Academy | These flowers are the perfect pick for spring gatherers. From using them in food to pressing them for note cards, we have some inspirational ideas for using and enjoying the violets of spring!
  ON May 16,2016

Creating a Local Materia Medica with Violet

Modern herbalists are fortunate to have access to a vast array of herbs from far corners of the globe. Herbs and spices have long been a significant driver in world trade, and while this looks a bit different in the 21st century than it did in the 17th, we are still often intrigued most by…

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