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Medicinal Herb – Yarrow

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Post written June 21, 2018 Yarrow – Achilliea millefolium Are you ready for this list of amazing benefits? Yarrow is one of those plants that almost does it all! First, it is a perennial that reseeds itself easily, so once established it will be there for good if you let it. It prefers full sun, […]

Medicinal Herb – Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle

Post written June 19, 2018 Milk Thistle – Silybum marianum I know what you’re thinking… that’s a weed! Well, yes to some people, but most weeds really are plants we don’t fully understand yet. I’m not promoting a practice of growing noxious weeds so please don’t shoot the messenger ;) . Milk Thistle is an annual or […]

Medicinal Herb – St. John’s Wort

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Post written June 19, 2018 St. John’s Wort – Hypericum perforatum This beautiful plant is easy to grow and has been valued for its many medicinal qualities for hundreds of years. It loves the sun and somewhat dry soil so it is a great place to grow here in Utah. It self sows easily by […]

Medicinal Herb – Marshmallow

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Post written June 14, 2018 Marshmallow – Althaea officinalis Here’s another herb that has been around and used for so long it has that officinalis name in it, meaning it was studied and used hundreds of years ago in the Monk’s officine (or office) as medicine. Other herbs that share the same medicinal qualities but […]

Medicinal Herb – Rose

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Post written June 14, 2018 Rose – Rosaceae species This group is very large. The plants all have similar medicinal qualities. It includes stone fruits like, nectarine, peach, plum, almond and cherry. And other shrubs and trees like cotoneaster, quince, mountain ash, apple, pear, serviceberry, agrimony, any of the brambles, cinquefoil (potentilla), mountain mahogany and […]

Medicinal Herb – Blackberry and Raspberry


Post written on June 12, 2018 Blackberries – Rubus allegheniensis Raspberries – Rubus idaeus Did you know there are medicinal properties to blackberry and raspberry plants? The berries are delicious, but the leaves and roots are also beneficial! In my yard I always have canes that come up in places I don’t need them to […]

Medicinal Herb – Arnica


Post written June 12, 2018 Arnica – Arnica montana, A. chamissonis Arnica grows wild in our Utah mountains. There are many yellow flowers that look a lot like Arnica, like Balsam root (also medicinal) so be sure you know what you’re looking for. It can easily be identified by its heart shaped leaves. Harvest when […]

Medicinal Herb – Lavender

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Post written June 7, 2018 Lavender – Lavendula officinalis (there it is again), L. angustifolia Deep breath in… ahhhh! Everyone loves the smell of this hardy perennial including pollinators. It’s pretty easy to grow if you have well draining soil and full sun, but it will tolerate some partial shade too. It’s a bit difficult […]

Medicinal Herb – Cleavers


Post written June 7, 2018 Cleavers – Galium aparine The study of this annual is where the idea for velcro came from. It likes to cling to everything it grows near. It grows wild in the mountains and just about everywhere else. Harvest the plant before it goes to seed, but leave some so you’ll […]

Medicinal Herb – Mullein

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Post written June 6, 2018 Mullein – Verbascum thapsus You’ve probably noticed this “weed” along road sides as you’ve driven throughout our Utah canyons or along canal banks. This biennial has a long history of medicinal use for hundreds of years. The first year it produces a rosette of leaves, the second, it sends up […]