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Marshmallow: A Sweet Treat + Treatment

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...
Aloe Vera: A Soothing Savior

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...
Garlic: Active Agent of Health

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...
Fire Cider: A Folk-made Herbal Tradition

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...