Organic Emily

Medicinal Herb – Garlic and Onion

Garlic plant

Post written July 12, 2018 Garlic – Allium Sativum Onion – Allium cepa Harvested my garlic and onions this week. Both of these Allium plants have much in common, are easy to grow and have versatile uses. Garlic should be planted in the fall, in full sun, with each clove about 6 inches apart and […]

Medicinal Herb – Valerian

Valerian 2

Post written July 3, 2018 Valerian – Valeriana officinalis Europeans brought this long time used perennial with them across the great waters. Valerian grows wild in our mountains and has the loveliest smelling flowers. It is considered one of the safest and most effective nervines to help with stress, insomnia, headaches, anxiety and muscle pain. […]

Medicinal Herb – Angelica


Post written July 3, 2018 Angelica – Angelica archangelica This biennial, also known as wild celery was an essential food source for centuries in places like Greenland, Finland ,Sweden and Norway. It is simple to grow and loves moist soil with afternoon shade. It’s happiest east facing. It produces big leaves the first year and […]

Medicinal Herb – Cone Flowers

Echinacea plant

Post written on June 28, 2018 Cone Flower – Echinacea purpurea, E. angustifolia also in this group is Black Eyed Susan – Rudbekia hirta This is one really cool plant and is very popular for good reason. It is considered one of the best immune enhancing herbs out there. It can have some residual buildup […]

Medicinal Herb – Dandelion


Post written June 28, 2018 Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale Well it’s true some people love this little plant using it as medicine and many others rage war against it with every pesticide known to man. Maybe after today I’ll convince you to grow or rather leave a little alone on purpose ;) . Did you notice the […]

Medicinal Herb – Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Post written June 26, 2018 Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis This incredible herb is a part of our mint family again. It prefers moist soil and some shade. Harvest anytime for eating or just before it flowers for the highest medicinal quality. Keep cutting any of the mint family herbs and they’ll come back again […]

Medicinal Herb – Peppermint and Spearmint

peppermint plant

Post written on June 26, 2018 Peppermint – Mentha piperita (on the left) AND Spearmint – Mentha spicata (on the right) I’m posting about both of these herbs together because they are closely related in their medicinal properties, however they do hold different qualities and are worth going over. All plants in the mint family […]

Medicinal Herb – Catnip


Post written on June 25, 2018 Catnip – Nepeta catari This perennial is part of the mint family. Square stem with alternating and opposing leaves coming off the stems. Don’t confuse it with nettles when foraging in the wild, they look very similar, however catnip has a more broad leaf and not as jagged around […]

Medicinal Herb – Burdock


Post written June 25, 2018 Burdock – Arctium lappa This biennial grows wild just about everywhere, near water, fertile soil, poor soil and even rocky soil. It’s quite tenacious and aggressive because of its prickly seed pods that will attach itself to any animal, bird or person to disperse and plant somewhere else. It produces […]

Medicinal Her – California Poppy

California Poppy

Post written on June 21, 2018 California Poppy – Eschscholizia californica This sun loving annual holds some great pain relieving and relaxation benefits. It is a very safe and effective nervine. You can use it for children if they’ll take it… but it’s very bitter. There are no addictive side effects or highs that come […]