burdock root

burdock root

 Burdock root, or Arctium lappa, is native to northern Europe but is now found in the western Himalayas, Kashmir, and Simla.  It is a robust an...

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A tiny history of tea

A tiny history of tea

The history of tea is both fascinating and complex.  I love using this ingredient in particular because it possesses both medicinal and spiritu...

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The beauty of bamboo

The beauty of bamboo

A symbol of longevity, strength, and flexibility, the bamboo plant is a valuable ally in the world of green beauty.  Found in diverse climates,...

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ashwagandha

ashwagandha

  Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, is a plant in the nightshade family.  It is cultivated in the d...

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The amazing almond

The amazing almond

  The almond (Prunus dulcis) is native to the Middle East and South Asia.  It belongs to the rose family and is closely related to the cherry, pea...

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The importance of ingredients

The importance of ingredients

  I am obsessed with ingredients.  Their origins, history, cultural and spiritual significance, and of course their safety and efficacy, are consi...

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