Historical Background Eyebright Thinking back to my herb walk years ago in the Italian Alps, I reflect on he fact that people had collected wild plants in those ancient collecting grounds for centuries, doing so in a conscientious way that ensured the plants’ continued abundance. Through careful pruning of the aerial parts of existing plants, …

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Black Cohosh

Historical Background Black cohosh was one of the many important and distinctive remedies that the pioneers learned about from the Native Americans. Members of all the important medical schools of the nineteenth century, including the allopaths, homeopaths, Eclectics, and physio-medicalists, used it. It has proven to be a widely useful medicine. It not only acts …

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Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Blood Root Sanguinaria canadensis bySpencer sm

Photo Credit: By Spencer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis L.) Adapted from: Greenfield, J. Davis, J.M. and K. Brayman, 2006. NC State Horticultural Leaflets: Bloodroot. Department of Horticultural Science. College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. North Carolina State University. Available online: NC State Horticultural Leaflets Botanical Information Bloodroot, Sanguinaria …

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Historical Background Echinacea purpurea has been cultivated as a hardy, showy, perennial garden ornamental since the early 1700’s, in both North America and Europe. It is easily grown from seeds, is drought tolerant, will grow in full sun or partial shade, and thrives on neglect. E. pallida is commonly planted in prairie restoration projects, meadow …

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