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Borage, or Starflower: Our Skin’s Soothsayer

Borage, or Starflower: Our Skin’s Soothsayer

Hello floral friends! Today we will be honing our collective focus in on a beautiful herb that goes by two names relatively equally- Borage, or Starflower. This pretty plant is native to the Mediterranean and North African regions, but has become naturalized all over...

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Buchu: Your Bladder’s Bestie

Good afternoon my fellow floral folk! I hope this missive finds you well, despite the numerous planetary retrogrades and other human-related chaos influencing our blue and green world. The world can be a wild and unruly inhabitance, and can often leave us feeling as...

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Oregon Grape: Relief for Our Stomach and Skin

Hello there, and a happy Friday to you all! Today we will be taking a drive up the coast into the beautiful mountains of the Pacific Northwest. There we find, amongst the trees, mist, and mountain air, a bright yellow, flowering bush bearing the common name of Oregon...

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Wild Indigo: The Original Neosporin

Good morning floral friends! Spring has sprung out here on the west coast, and our coastlines and hills are bursting to the brim with the most gorgeous array of wildflowers I have yet to see in my lifetime. Wild mustard, California poppies, morning glory, lupin and...

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Bacopa: The Herb of Memory

Hello friends! This morning I'm going to continue on the theme of herbs for the nervous system that I began with Oat, and build on that knowledge with today's profiled herb, Bacopa! An important herb in Ayurvedic medicine, bacopa works with our nervous system to...

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Oat: Our Nervous System’s Calming Confidante

Hello there! I hope this missive finds you in good health, high spirits, and happy circumstance! The new moon last night reminds us to reset our minds to the present, and recognize the power of a fresh start and new beginnings. This is a time of great creativity,...

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Astragalus: Adaptogen Extraordinaire

Hello fellow plant people! Today I am going to be focusing on an herb that is an excellent addition to your regular diet and herbal medicine regimen, as it not only helps you fight off any colds or infections, but helps to prevent them from happening in the first...

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Burdock: A Detox Dream Pt.2

Hello floral friends! Today I am continuing in the vein of detoxifying herbs with a profile on Burdock! Last week's Celery introduced us to the concept of using herbs to detoxify our kidneys and remove built-up salts from our joints, and today we continue building on...

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Herbalism for our Four-Legged Friends

Good morning! Today, I'm broaching the topic of animal herbalism, and sharing a little of what I've learned on the subject over the course of my research. Anyone who has a relationship with a pet or familiar knows, they’re not just animals-- they are family. Finding...

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Celery: A Detox Dream

Hello friends! Today I'll be profiling an herb that takes me back to my childhood lunches, an often-overlooked and under-appreciated plant known for its relative tastelessness and crunch- I'm talking, of course, about Celery! A sure bet to find sitting next to buffalo...

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Angelica: The Guardian of Life

Hello floral friends! This morning I am excited to share my herbal profile of the lovely Angelica with you all! This herb's botanical name, Angelica archangelica, indicates the significance of this plant's healing properties as well as giving a nod to its myth of...

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Arnica: A Sunny Pain-Reliever

Hello there friends! Today is another beautiful, sunny day here on the coast, and so it feels fitting to talk a bit about Arnica, or Arnica montana! Hailing from the mountains of Central Europe, Arnica brings with it a rich history of folklore and traditional use that...

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Marshmallow: A Sweet Treat + Treatment

Hello, fellow plant lovers! The sun is finally shining, the grass is greener than I’ve ever seen it, and the whole world seems to be rejoicing at the effects of the rains we’ve had this winter. With clear blue skies in the forecast as far as one can see, Spring seems...

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Aloe Vera: A Soothing Savior

Hello floral friends! Today's herbal profile focuses on the Aloe Vera plant, and its various functions and uses. Before profiling this helpful plant, I was only aware of a single use for the gel found within the fleshy leaves-- to relieve sunburn-- but after...

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Garlic: Active Agent of Health

Hello, and welcome to The Open Oak! Today's featured herb is one that you're probably intimately familiar with through cooking, or even the popular folklore surrounding it- garlic! My hometown of Gilroy, California likes to call itself the "Garlic Capital of the...

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Fire Cider: A Folk-made Herbal Tradition

Hello friends, and happy February! Imbolc, or Midwinter, has passed us by, and the light has begun to last ever-so-slightly longer with each day. It will still be some time before the air regains its warmth, but until that time, I have a recipe to share! Fire Cider is...

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Horse Chestnut: A Varicose Vein Fighter

Hello floral friends! Today's plant profile is featuring the easy-to-recognize and ever-helpful Horse Chestnut, Latin name Aesculus hippocastanum! While the tree's signature spiky seed pod can be found all around the world, its ability to heal varicose-veins and other...

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Identifying Herbal Properties + Actions by Taste

Hello fellow plant purveyors! Today I've rounded up a really excellent resource for you guys from the friendly folks at Herbal Academy. They recently offered a free course on compiling your own materia medica, and along with lots of awesome tips and instructions on...

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