Plant Profile: Prickly Ash — Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Zanthoxylum americanum Also, Known As: Angelica Tree Prickly Ash Suterberry Toothache Tree The prickly ash or the Zanthoxylum americanum is a tall shrub that may also be described as a small tree and usually grows up to a height of twenty feet. The shrub is distinguished by its barbed stalks and branches. The leaves of […]

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Plant Profile: Sheep Sorrel — Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

A Rich Source of Vitamin C, E, Beta-Carotene, and Other Carotenoids Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) is a herb that many Americans consider to be just a common weed, particularly in areas where blueberries grow. However, its medicinal uses have been known for quite some time. In fact, it has recently received extra attention for its […]

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Plant Profile: Chaparral ~ Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

One of the most powerful antioxidants in nature. If you’ve ever been to the Southwest, you’ve probably seen chaparral at some point. Indigenous to the Southwest area of the USA and the desert areas of Mexico, chaparral may be one of the most potent herbal antioxidants. Native Americans have used leaves from the chaparral plant […]

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What Is ‘Wormwood’ and The Health Benefits of Wormwood — Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Wormwood {Artemisia absinthium} Also, Known As: Absinthe Absinthium Ajenjo Common Wormwood Green Ginger Madderwort Old woman Wormwood Primarily native to Europe, wormwood is a perennial shrub-like herb that has greyish-white colored stems wrapped with delicate and glossy hairs. Wormwood normally grows up to a height between one and three feet and bears leaves that are […]

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What Is ‘Southernwood?’ — Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Southernwood {Artemisia abrotanum} Also, Known As: Southernwood Southernwood (botanical name, Artemisia abrotanum) is a shrub-like plant that grows perennially to a height of three feet (one meter) and possesses a potent aroma. The stems of this shrub are woody while it bears fluffy leaves that have a silver-green hue. The flowers of this plant are yellowish […]

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Medicinal Hops for Health Benefits — Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

While we know it best for the bitter flavor it imparts to beer, we celebrate hops as an increasingly valuable herbal medicine – and as the 2018 International Herb of the Year. Step into a hop field and you will witness a gorgeous feat of herbal engineering. Whether flourishing in towering lush columns or luxuriously […]

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Plant Profile: Eucalyptus {Eucalyptus globulus}

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Also, Known As:

  • Blue Gum
  • Blue Gum Tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fever Tree

The familiar tree known as the eucalyptus is indigenous to Australia. This popular quick growth tree is now cultivated in many other countries. The tree is one of the quickest growing tree species around; it is also among the world’s biggest and tallest trees. The eucalyptus grows successfully in many places with varied soils and climate. When fully grown, some sub-species of this tree can cross two hundred fifty feet in height. The eucalyptus is an efficient dry land tree, putting out a vast network of roots underground to probe for water. The efficient ability of the eucalyptus at scrounging water from the soil has been applied to great effect in draining marshy and waterlogged areas in land reclamation programs. This characteristic of the tree has proven to be of the greatest help in the complete reclamation of water bogged malarial…

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Home Remedies for Pneumonia?

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Pneumonia is an inflammatory disorder of the lungs caused by an infection of the airways. It is a serious condition, and home remedies cannot be used to treat it. However, they can help ease the symptoms.

Pneumonia infections can be critical and may even be life-threatening in some cases. It is essential to visit a doctor for a diagnosis, as well as to monitor symptoms and avoid any complications.

Using a blend of medical treatments and home remedies may help many people manage their symptoms more easily.

Fast facts on pneumonia:

  • Infections by viruses, fungi, bacteria, and other harmful organisms cause pneumonia.
  • Many of the germs that can cause pneumonia are common in the environment.
  • Healthy lifestyle choices may help reduce the risk of developing pneumonia.

Causes and symptoms

Common symptoms of pneumonia include fever, chills, fatigue, and achiness.

People often contract pneumonia from someone else or through a lingering…

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Plant Profile: Yerba Mansa

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Anemopsis californica

Also, Known As:

  • Lizard’s Tail
  • Queue de Lézard
  • Swamp Root
  • Yerba Mansa
  • Yerba Manza

Usually, the yerba mansa, scientific name Anemopsis californica, is depicted as a perennially growing herb. Native to the United States, this herb grows most actively during the spring and summer. The foliage of this plant is green and it produces unremarkable white blooms along with plenty of prominent brownish fruits or seeds. The yerba mansa produces maximum blooms at the onset of spring while the fruits and seeds are produced from the beginning of spring to the end of the season.

The yerba mansa is found growing in stands in marshes and boggy swamps, along river banks. For instance, this herb is found growing naturally along the Colorado River and downstream into some places in Mexico like Chihuahua and Sonora. This plant does not grow very tall and bears smoothed and slightly juicy leaves whose…

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Plant Profile: Chuchupate, Oshá

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Ligusticum porteri – Chuchupate, Oshá

Other Names:  Bear Root, Colorado Cough Root, Chuchupate, Hunawpi, Nawpi, Wasike, Shush, Chuchupaste, Porter’s Lovage

Ligusticum_porteri_-_Chuchupate_Osha_largeOrigin:  Chuchupate is found primarily from the Rocky Mtns. south down into the Cordillera of Mexico. Widely used by peoples of the Southwest and Mexico with a far-reaching significance in their cosmology. The plant is greatly varied in terms of size, scent, growth characteristics, and adaptability to the environment. It is not grown commercially, but is prolific in the mountains of Colorado, primarily SW Colorado.

Energetics:  Hot & Dry. Pungent, spicy sweet, bitter. Vital Stimulant. Tonic.

Properties:  Stimulating diaphoretic, stimulating expectorant, circulatory stimulant, antiviral, carminative, aromatic bitter, digestive, antimicrobial, styptic, anodyne, antiseptic, emmenagogue

Uses:  Cough, sore throat, colds, influenza, bronchitis, fever, empacho, indigestion, injured joints/tendons/ligaments, bruises, toothache, snake bite, wounds, stings, or spider bites.

Appearance, Habitat & Poison Relatives

Ligusticum porteri has opposite or whorled…

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