Black Cohosh Materia Medica

MATERIA MEDICA: BLACK COHOSH This well-known herb goes above and beyond it’s commonly understood uses, from women’s issues, to depression, to muscle aches, it’s versatility makes it shine. Latin Name: Actaea racemosa (formerly Cimicifuga racemosa) Plant Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family) Parts Used: rhizome, root Description & Growing Black cohosh is a perennial that can reach 8 feet in […]

Borage Materia Medica

The name of this plant is thought to derive from the Celtic borrach or “courage.”  The flowers have long been used to bolster courage.  In medieval times the flowers were embroidered on the mantles of knights and jousters to bring them courage.  Borage leaves, flowers, and seed oil moisten yin, clear heat, and reduce inflammation. […]

Nettle Materia Medica

Named after the stinging hairs that cover the stem and underside of the leaves, this herb is known for having a myriad of uses. A favorite of western herbalists, particularly those from the Wise Woman Tradition, nettles are highly nutrient rich, particularly in Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. They are quite tasty when cooked or made into a […]