Lexicon: Sumac

Common Name: Sumac Latin Name: Rhus glabra There are 35 species of the genus Rhus found throughout the world varying diversely in habitat, size and uses.  Sumac species glabra and typhina are shrubs grown in North America and found in fields, wastelands, grasslands and woodlands. Native Americans used the split bark of the sumac, and … Continued

Lexicon: Echinacea

Common Name: Purple Cone Flower Latin Name: Echinacea angustifolia A perennial native to North America, Echinacea has been used by Native Americans for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes and is now regaining its importance because extracts from its roots have been found to be effective in strengthening the immune system. More than 200 pharmaceutical … Continued

Lexicon: Burdock

Common Name: Burdock Latin Name: Articum lappa A bi-annual and tenacious herb, burdock is has been an important medicinal herb in Western folk medicine and traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.  Commonly known for its prickly seedpod that attaches to anything that passes by, this highly effective method for dispersing seeds was inspiration for … 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