Wild Cherry Bark – Materia Medica by Jyll Renee’

Wild Cherry Bark Wild cherry bark taken from the root, trunk and branches reportedly aids digestive and respiratory ailments. Great boiled as a decoction, popular to make syrups from as well. Thinning Mucus Secretions Wild cherry bark is classified as a “relaxing expectorant” because it thins mucus secretions and coats irritated respiratory tissueIt is easier […]

Natural Magick: Juniper (Juniperus Communis)

Juniper (Juniperus Communis) Folk name: Common Juniper Parts used: leaves, berries, wood, essential oil Planet: Sun Element: Fire Gender: Both, this herb has feminine and masculine energies Goddess/God: Inanna also called Ishtar Medicinal uses: The cones or “berries” yield brown dye and the antiseptic, diuretic, and detoxifying Juniper oil, used to treat cystitis, acne, eczema, cellulite, and rheumatism. Folklore: The ripe cones or “berries” […]

Natural Magick: Goldenrod (Solidago)

Goldenrod – Solidago virgaurea, S. Canadensis, S. californica, S. odora Folk Name: Hsiao Pai-lung, Aaron’s Rod, Blue Mountain Tea, Woundwort Parts Used: flower, leaves, stem/shoot Planet: Venus Element: Air Gender: Feminine Goddesses/Gods: Aphrodite, Ceridwen, Hekate Medicinal Uses: The aerial parts are expectorant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and mildly sedative and may reduce cholesterol. The herb treats kidney […]

Natural Magick: Acorns (Quercus species)

Acorns – Quercus species Folk Name: Common Oak Parts Used: Leaf, Fruit/Nut, Bark, Wood Planet: Jupiter, Earth Element: Earth in general but it can also represent Air and Fire Gender: Masculine Goddesses/Gods: Hermes, The Green Man, The Horned One Medicinal Uses: Oak bark and galls are astringent and antiseptic. A decoction is drunk to treat […]

Natural Magick: Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca, A. tuberosa, A. spicosa)

d: Asclepias syriaca (A.tuberosa, A.speciosa) Common name: Pleurisy Root Folk Name: Butterfly Weed, Canada Root, Flux Root, Swallow-Wort, Tuber Root, White Root, Wind Root. Parts Used: Flower, leaf, shoot/stem, root, fruit/nut, seed Planet: Mars Element: Fire Gender: Masculine Goddesses/Gods: Asclepius (the God of medicine and healing in ancient Greek mythology) which from whom this plant […]

Natural Magick: Pokeweed (Phytolacca Americana)

Pokeweed : Phytolacca Americana Folk Name: Pigeon Berry Parts Used: leaf, shoot/stem, root, fruit/nut Planet: Uranus Element: Air Gender: Masculine Medicinal Uses: Shoots are eaten after they are properly boiled for a long period. The anti-inflammatory root is given for swollen throat glands. It is purgative and narcotic, expels phlegm, soothes arthritis, kills sperm, and, […]

Natural Magick: Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago Major)

Broadleaf Plantain – Plantago major Folk Name: White-Man’s Foot Parts Used: leaf, shoot/stem, seed Planet: Venus Element: Earth Gender: Feminine Goddesses/Gods: Hecate (with its road correspondence and feminine nature); there is little known about this herb but it is a sacred herb and can be used to honor all Goddesses and Gods. Medicinal Uses: A […]

Make it Fresh! How to Make Dandelion Tea and Cook Dandelion Greens

The benefits of dandelion greens are amazing!  Dandelion leaf tea is an excellent tonic and detox for the entire body.  It helps to cleanse and detoxify the bladder, kidneys, liver and blood.  It is an excellent, healthy diuretic because it is a natural source of potassium and replenishes any potassium lost through its diuretic action. When […]

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) – FREE Online Guide to Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Other Names:  Bitterwort, Blow-ball, Cankerwort, Clockflower,  Doonheadclock, Irish Daisy, Lion’s Tooth, Piss-in-Bed, Pissinlit, Priest’s Crown,  Pu Gong Ying, Puffball, Swine’s Snout, Taraxacum officinale, Taraxaci herba, Taraxaci radix cum herba, Telltime, Yellow Gowan, Wild Endive Leaves:  Dandelion leaf tea is an excellent diuretic and can be used to help relieve cystitis, fluid retention, […]

The Tennessee Naturalist Program

It’s going to be an exciting year!  This year I have the opportunity to study with some of Tennessee’s top naturalists!!  I’m hoping to use the knowledge to help others learn more about the natural treasures here in the beautiful state of Tennessee, as well as learn as much as possible about the wild edibles and medicinals in the […]

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