Lexicon: Horsetail

Common Name: Horsetail (Shavegrass) Latin Name: Equisetum arvense Horsetail has a recorded history going back 350 million years to the Devonian era. A living fossil, the plant at that time was as large as palm trees. The present living genus of the family Equisetaceae is the only living genus that reproduces by spores opposed to … Continued

Lexicon: Yarrow

Common Name: Yarrow Latin Name: Achillea millefolium A perennial found throughout the Northern Hemisphere Yarrow is characterized by a cluster of white flowers above a stem of lacy leaves (millefolium means “thousand leaves”). Yarrow received its Latin name Achillea from the legendary Greek hero Achilles. According to the common legend, Achilles’s mother dipped him into … Continued

Lexicon: Ginger

Common Name: Ginger Latin Name: Zingiber officinale One of my favourite herbs, Ginger is native to Asia and thrives in hot, humid environments rich in moist soil. Used both culinary and medicinally, ginger’s versatility as a medicinal has been used to treat such ailments as upset stomach, colds and flus, cramping, muscle pain, nausea, morning … Continued

Lexicon: Calendula

Common Name: Marigold Latin Name: Calendula officinalis Calendula’s bright orange flowers have a sunny disposition in any herbal garden. The flowers have been thought to aid in promoting good health and cheerfulness during the colder months. It is well known to the old herbalist for use in cooking and medicine making. In medieval Europe calendula … Continued