Violets (Viola spp.)

Violets (Viola spp.) Family: Violaceae Some common names include wild pansy, viola, and heartsease. There are over 600 species of violets throughout the world and many modern cultivars! Parts Used: flowers, leaves Energetics: cooling, moistening Taste: sweet, salty Plant Properties: alterative, demulcent, inflammatory modulator, lymphagogue, mild sedative Plant Uses: congested lymph, food, dry inflamed tissues,…

Elderberry Tincture

Elderberry Tincture Tis’ the season for Elderberries here in New England. The lacy flowers have fallen, meaning the small green berries that form are starting to plump up and turn dark blue to black. The flowers are the reproductive organs and therefore will turn to fruit when pollinated. Elder, to me, marks the change of…

Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)

Wild Black Cherry Prunus serotina Have you ever wondered why most cough syrups are cherry flavored? The taste of course would be one reason, but in fact cherry has an affinity for treating coughs. The wild cherry bark, and fruit were commonly used for medicinal purposes to treat coughs, diarrhea, digestive complaints, red rashes, and…

Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)

Black Chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa The name, Chokeberry, might suggest you should leave this plant alone but in fact there’s no need! I happily stumbled upon this plump little berry in mid August and glad I did. The dark purple, almost black clusters of fruit hang on a stout deciduous shrub. Showy white flowers bloom in…