Herbs

"Plants don’t heal us. They awaken within us the ability to heal ourselves. Whether that is through supporting our own bodies natural processes of elimination and rejuvenation or through the ineffable ability to shift our hearts and minds.

Most days I think this ability to help us remember who we really are is the greatest gift from the plant realm. And that when we realize that we can truly be our own healers, we can invite in an unstoppable spring of rebirth."

Asia Suler at One Willow Apothecaries

  • Which type of rose is right for your garden?

    Roses are one of the most cultivated plants in the world, and for good reason. They are an extremely versatile garden plant, adaptable to most climates and are great ground cover as well. They also grow as flowering bushes from small to large, and also as climbers. Roses can provide a great focal point, especially when graphed on a tall stem such as the Standard Tree Rose. In addition, roses...

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  • Arctium lappa

    Burdock (Arctium lappa) is a large and sturdy biennial native to Europe and Asia, has become naturalized throughout North America, and is easy to grow in Israel, as long as it has some shade and regular watering. Its impressive leaves can grow to massive proportions with wavy margins and long white hairs on the underside. During its first year, burdock produces basal leaves, and in its second...

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  • The best "coffee" in the world

    Chaga mushrooms (Inonotus obliquus) is a type of edible fungus that grows mainly on birch trees in very cold climates such as Siberia, Northern Canada, Alaska, and northern areas of the United States.The name “chaga” comes from the Russian word for mushroom. This mushroom has been called “black gold” and a “gift of God”, and has been traditionally been...

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  • Sambucus nigra

    We have an elderberry bush, Sambucus nigra, in our Bustan (agricultural garden), which I planted many years ago. Years went by without seeing any berries - lots of flowers, but no berries until something changed, and I’m not quite sure what. Maybe the bush needed to mature a bit, and maybe my bees simply worked their magic. Either way, in the last few years I have had such success in...

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  • Helps to heal from the inside out

    Aloe vera is a succulent plant that originates from the Arabian Peninsula and is one of the oldest known medicinal plants in the world. The first known written reports on aloe very reach as far back as 6000 years ago in ancient Egypt.Aloe’s rich medicinal history is due to it’s anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic properties. Aloe acts as a natural antibiotic...

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  • A natural pain reliever and mild sedative for insomnia, hypertension, colic, bedwetting and more

    California Poppy, Eschsholzia californica, is a native California wildflower, which is also known as the Golden Poppy and Cups of Flame. California Poppy has been widely naturalized in many parts of the world and is an adaptable garden plant.In addition to being a great garden plant, California Poppy is a fantastic medicinal herb rich in vitamins A, C and E as well as minerals such as calcium...

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  • Herbal Finishing Salts

    Every cell in our body needs salt - sodium chloride. Our bodies rely on salt to keep good bone density, proper circulation and stabilized blood sugar levels. The adrenal glands and neurotransmitters in the brain need an ample supply of mineral salts in order to function properly. If you find yourself looking for salty food, most likely you are lacking the right type of sodium in...

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  • The Healing Properties of Melissa/Lemon Balm

    Melissa officinalis, also known as lemon balm, is one of the most important and versatile herbs available. Melissa is easy to grow, which gives it an added advantage. Melissa is essential for calming the nerves, especially for those who suffer from ailments relating to the digestive system. Often sensitivity of the digestive system is the result of hypersensitive or inflamed nerves that are...

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  • Chlorine and Fluoride Detox Tea

    When I first saw the red hibiscus “flowers” (also called Roselle) in a friend’s garden, I thought it was too good to be true; a great ornamental, grows like a weed, and a useful herb - all in one. Over time I learned that it was even better than that – the hibiscus calyxes (the outer whorl of the flower) are also a medicinal powerhouse.Hibiscus sabdariffa is native...

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  • Nettle tea, mouth rinse, steamed greens, soup and more

    Life in the 21st century has taken humanity far from its roots. Today we are dealing with more toxins than ever before, and as a result viruses and bacteria have become more aggressive and resistant to treatment. When we are overwhelmed and pushed to our limit, we often feel a need to return to basics, to return to our roots. Incorporating wild foods in our life is one way to do this.Wild...

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  • Supports the heart, liver, digestive system and more

    Hawthorns are small thorny trees, belonging to the rose family (apples, pear, apricot, quince...), and bear fruit that resembles tiny apples. We are lucky to have two different endemic species of hawthorn in our garden, one with yellow fruit, and the other with little red “apples”. All hawthorn species are edible and medicinal, and have a long history of use in Europe, North America and...

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  • Artichokes help detox, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels

    Artichokes are a funny looking vegetable with a rich, earthy-nutty flavor. When it comes to medicinal foods, artichokes are truly a powerhouse since they are a good source of folate, vitamin A, B-complex, C, E, K, amino acids, enzymes, potassium, magnesium, silica, iron, zinc, and are rich in antioxidants such as anthocyanins, quercetin, rutin, cynarin, luteolin, and silymarin.Silymarin has...

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