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Skullcap (Scutellaria Lateriflora) The Perfect Herb for Flu Season & Beyond Skullcap is an herbaceous perennial flowering perennial plant from the mint family, Lamiaceae with ridged leaves and tiny flowers that can range in color from purple and blue to pink and white. The two-lobed flowers resemble the military helmets worn by early European settlers, hence the herb's name. A hardy plant, it grows 1 to 4 feet high, thriving in rich woods and moist thickets or swamplands of eastern North America. Now there are two different types of Skullcap, the American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) and Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis),...

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This weekend I went into Brooklyn to explore an herb shop I have wanted to visit. Upon entering, we were met by Chris who is co-founder and operations manager of the Radicle Herb Shop. Chris, with his super knowledge on everything herb related, is willing to share what he knows with excitement. He is the kind of person we all seek out when in need of in-depth information on herbs. After getting some great info from Chris, I did some shopping! Below is a list of newly researched herbs I've been working on. I’ve been taking my own herbal journey...

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about, blog, Central Nervous System, gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), Herb, mild sedative, restlessness, Valerian, Valeriana officinalis -

I came across this herb and it peeked the herbalist in me.                                             Valerian?   What is it?   What’s its purpose?

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Lets talk hydrosols. What are they, and where/how do you make or obtain them? Distilling fresh leaves, fruits, flowers, and other plant materials produces hydrosols also called hydrolats, distillate waters or floral waters. Hydrosols have similar therapeutic properties to essential oils; but these aromatic waters are much less concentrated. Their aromas are often soft and subtle when compared to their essential oil counterpart. These aromatic products usually have a scent similar to their essential oil, but also can have a greener note. This comes from the water-soluble constituents in the plant material that are not present in the essential oil.  *Please Note: Hydrosols...

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catnip, deet, eucalyptus, may chang, mosquitoes, natural repellant -

  This year I have found the mosquitoes to be quite abundant and quite frankly very annoying. I’m one of those people they seem to love. With that said let’s take a look at what works and what you would like to try naturally. By Naturally I mean plant based, essential oils. I have tried many things, and each time I see a new recipe with different essential oils,  I think to myself “This is it”. Well it’s not quite. I have tried in many different essential oils at different proportions: Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), Eucalyptus Citriodora (Eucalyptus Citriodora),...

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