Herb of the Month: Nettles

When in doubt, give nettles.” -David Hoffman, herbalist – by Megan Jones

Summer is just about here and with it comes the beauty of the season.  Green is everywhere, numerous flowers have already bloomed and gone and the temperatures are perfect.   It’s a paradise for most, but let’s face it:  if you are one in 50 million Americans who suffers from seasonal allergies, then it might not be such a welcoming season.   You might even find yourself wishing winter was still here so that you could feel normal again.

There is no cure for allergies, but fortunately with proper preparation and regimen, they can be minimized significantly. In addition, there are a few herbs that have been used to help the body adjust to seasonal pollen.

Enter the Stinging Nettle, a rock star of an herb known mostly for its ability to keep allergies at bay.    However, its real fame is due to its lesser-known uses as a nutritious source of food, versatile medicine and overall tonic herb throughout history.

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Herb of the Month: Dandelion

By Megan Jones.

“If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em.”Ila Hatter, wildcrafter

Ah, Spring.  Birds begin to sing in anticipation of fruitful months, the daylight hours slowly lengthen and the green world awakens from its cold slumber.   For us, seeing the opening buds on a tree or the daffodils sprouting up from brown grass is a most welcome sign of warmer days to come.  However, there is one cheery plant some wish would not come at all.

Dandelion.  Just the mention of the word sends some homeowners into a frantic race to cut its life short before it spreads any further.  This tenacious plant is sometimes considered a sore sight for the manicured lawn and has somehow become the ultimate symbol of neglect.   Millions of dollars each year are spent on the eradication of this weed in hopes that it will go away forever.  Yet, as we all know, it almost always comes back.

So what is the best way to rid your yard of these pests?  The answer is simple: eat them.  But before you do that, get to know the dandelion first.

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