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Plant Profile: Elder

Plant Profile: Elder

Plant Profile: Elder (Sambucus nigra) From Herbalist Erin Smith As winter gets closer, the cold and flu season is upon us. One of the best herbs for this season is Elder (Sambucus nigra). It offers gentle yet powerful support to promote your supports your body’s...
Plant Profile: Burdock

Plant Profile: Burdock

Plant Profile: Burdock (Arctium lappa) From Herbalist Erin Smith For many, their first experience of Burdock is finding its burs stuck to their clothing or trying to untangle it from dog fur. Besides these Velcro inspiring burs, Burdock is also an ancient medicine in...
Plant Profile: Milk Thistle

Plant Profile: Milk Thistle

Plant Profile: Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) From Herbalist Erin Smith Thistles get a bad rap. They are often looked at as the peskiest of weeds for their persistence and thorny nature that makes them difficult to remove by hand. But as is often the case with our...
Plant Profile: Violet

Plant Profile: Violet

Plant Profile: Violet from Herbalist Erin Smith It is hard to not smile in the presence of violet. The beautiful and delicate flowers are a favorite early spring treat and begin to pop up in March.  Long associated with Aphrodite, they are a symbol of love and...
Plant Profile: Ho Shou Wu

Plant Profile: Ho Shou Wu

Plant Profile: Ho Shu Wu (Polygonum multiflorum) from Herbalist Erin Smith Ho-Shou-Wu is one of my favorite herbs. It is wonderfully grounding and calming and I find that one of its best adaptogenic effects is to allow you to remain clear and calm during times of...