Frankincense (Boswellia spp.)

Frankincense (Boswellia thurifera, Boswellia serrata, Boswellia sacra) Other common names: Olibanum, Ru Xiang, salai guggal, Indian frankincense, Arabic frankincense.  The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my […]

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Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis)

Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) Other common names: Euphrasia herb, augentrostkraut, oculara, euphrasy *Note: There are several medicinal species in the euphrasia genus, many of which have hybridized with each other over time. […]

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Echinacea (Echinacea spp.)

Echinacea (Echinacea spp.) Other common names: Purple coneflower, black sampson, elk root, Indian head, hedgehog, pale purple coneflower (E. pallida), Narrow-leaf purple coneflower (E. augustofolia), black susan, red sunflower *This entry pertains to […]

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Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium)

Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) Other common names: Common fireweed, great willow herb, rose bay willow herb, wicopy, blooming Sally, wild asparagus, purple rocket, perennial fireweed *Note that there are several unrelated species with the common […]

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Summer savory (Satureja hortensis)

Summer savory (Satureja hortensis) Other common names: Calamintha hortensis (syn.), bean herb The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact […]

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Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) Other common names: Anethum piperitum (syn.), carosella, sweet fennel, shatapuspha, fenkel * There are several other varieties of fennel, including ones called Florence fennel (Foeniculum  vulgare var. azoricum) and common garden fennel (F. Capillaceum or officinale) – these […]

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True maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris)

True maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) Other common names: Venus hair, Southern maidenhair, five- finger fern, black maidenhair fern, rock fern. *Not to be confused with the maidenhair tree, or common maidenhair (Asplenium […]

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Red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea)

Red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea)  Other common names: syn. C. stolonifera, Swida sericea, red willow, red stem dogwood, Western dogwood, American dogwood, creek dogwood, box tree. The following information may not be re-posted, copied […]

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Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) Other common names: Catmint, field balm, cat’s wort, catnep The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact […]

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Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) Other names: Basil,  common basil, garden basil, Saint Joseph’s Wort, brenhinllys (Welsh) The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit […]

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Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) Other common names: Licorice mint, blue giant hyssop, Agastache anisata, Stachys foeniculum (not closely related to regular hyssop, although they are in the same family) The following […]

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Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Other common names: English marigold, Scottish marigold, ruddes, pot marigold, oculus christi, solis sponsa, bride of the sun, ringelblume, butterwort, kings cup *Not to be confused with […]

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Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus)

Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus) Other common names: Chasteberry, chaste tree, monk’s pepper, Abraham’s balm, hemp tree, agnocasto The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and […]

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Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Other names: M. balsamea, brandy mint The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me via email […]

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Aloe vera

Aloe vera (NOT to be confused with Cape aloe, the potent laxative) Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. […]

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Wood betony (Stachys betonica, aka Betonica officinalis)

Wood betony (Stachys betonica, aka Betonica officinalis) Other common name: Bishopswort The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me […]

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Arnica (Arnica montana)

Arnica (Arnica montana) Other common names: Mountain tobacco, leopard’s bane The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me […]

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Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare, or Chrysanthemum leucanthemum))

Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare, or Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) Other common names: Marguerite daisy, white daisy, moon daisy, horse gowan, greater ox-eye, butter daisy, dun daisy, maudlin daisy, etc. The following information may […]

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Plantain (Plantago major – broad-leafed, or plantago lanceolata – narrow-leafed)

Plantain (Plantago major – broad-leafed, or plantago lanceolata – narrow-leafed) Other common names: Ripple grass, slan-lus, waybread, cuckoo’s beard, Englishman’s foot, white man’s foot, Weybroed, snake weed (careful there are […]

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Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, or Lavandula officinalis)

Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia, or Lavandula officinalis). Note: This information also applies to the commonly grown L. stoechas, L. dentata, and L. multifida, although L. augustifolia tends to be the most […]

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