Category Archives: Herb Medicine

Which Medicinal Plant?

How do we know we are all talking about the same plant? Early records of observers of Native American use of plants for healing and other practices was done by people who were not steeped in technical learning. They appreciated … Continue reading

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Herbal Seasonings Scents Draw People to the Table

  Mary H. Mills, The Purple Gate Herb Farm Many herbs make food taste great and add medicinal benefits to our diets. There are basic foods that provide healthful and tasty meals containing proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and trace minerals to … Continue reading

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Herbal Knowledge – Sustainable Health

  Instinct, trial and error or acute observation led herbalists to the beneficial medicinal uses of herbs. This knowledge was valued and passed down from generation to generation in cultures around the world. In the Middle East and other local … Continue reading

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Herb Studies: An Aztec Herbal 1552

Treasure Huntingsubmitted by Mary H. Mills When the weather is wet and cold I like to surf the web for interesting stuff. One of my favorite sites is Amazon.com. I find surprises nearly every time I search through this site. … Continue reading

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Thank a Green Plant Today

My next door neighbor, Susan, came bouncing into my home often with the greeting, “Hi, have you thanked a green plant today?”  Once she even recommended that I read up on the sex life of oak trees! I didn’t give … Continue reading

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Significance of the Prickly Pear Cactus

  For a long time, as he tells in his _Narrative_, Cabeza de Vaca was a kind of prisoner to coastal Indians of Texas. Annually, during the season when prickly pear apples (_tunas_, or Indian figs, as they are called … Continue reading

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Phytophobia by Mary H. Mills

Common plants used for health purposes has caused an epidemic of hysteria and misinformation in all parts of the United States. The hysteria is based on limited or erroneous information from physicians and reporters untrained or uninformed about the proper … Continue reading

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Animal, bird adaptations to toxicity

by Mary H. Mills http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/adapt/index.html Cornell University Department of Animal Science I have been amazed at the National Geographic Magazine and the Discovery Channel as well as other programs that report how scientists are closely observing the behavior of animals, … Continue reading

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Honest Herbal Remedy

I am an informal student of herbal remedies. I came across this account and enjoy sharing it with you. I feel that this approach is often followed by modern doctors,—- “try one or another remedy to see what works.” Here … Continue reading

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Hot and Dry Again or is it Still!

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days. This year more than most  the words of Longfellow reflect the month of August in … Continue reading

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