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Narcissus Drawing

Narcissus – Pocket Herbal

Narcissus pseudo-narcissus - Amaryllidaceae Family The healing properties of Narcissus have recently been rediscovered. Although this plant, commonly called daffodil, has a history of use in traditional Japanese medicine, concern over misuse of its toxic properties pulled it off of…

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Iris – Pocket Herbal

Iris versicolor – Iraceae family In 1147, King Louis the VII had a dream. In it, according to legend, he was commanded to adopt the blue iris as the national flower. It stirred him so deeply that he had the…

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Orange Drawing

Orange – Pocket Herbal

Citrus species - Rutaceae family In the 1700s, oranges were at the center of a storm. Thanks to global exploration, citrus and other tropical fruit had increased in popularity. Orange groves were naturalizing well in the Americas so availability was…

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Lavender – Pocket Herbal

Lavendula officinalis/angustifolia – Lamiaceae family According to legend, four thieves were caught in 17th century France. The penalty for theft was normally severe but these thieves were special. Somehow they had been stealing from plague victims for months without getting…

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Dandelion Drawing

Dandelion – Pocket Herbal

Taraxacum officinalis - Asteraceae family To early American colonists, dandelions were carefully tended crops. Europeans brought this ancient food with them to plant in their gardens for use as salad greens, beer bitters, wine base, stockpot roots and vital medicine.…

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Sage – Pocket Herbal

Salvia officinalis – Lamiaceae family In the 800s AD, Charlemagne issued a decree that every farm on crown lands must grow sage “...for the benefit of the nation.” No doubt this French emperor was thinking of the popular medieval saying,…

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