Wild Wednesday – Populus

By Artemisia Herbs

Family Salicaceae Native Habitat: Most of the Northern Hemisphere Populus fremontii or the Populus deltoides subsp. wislizeni, there appears to be some debate over the exact category of our New Mexican Cottonwood. Cottonwoods grow to an average of 100ft, they boast a broad canopy and characteristically whimsical and massive trunks. On average they have a…

Herb of the Month – Arctium lappa

By Artemisia Herbs

Burdock Family: Asteraceae Related to: Artichoke, Native Habitat: Europe, Asia, and has been naturalized in most regions throughout the United States Parts Used: Leaves, Roots, Seeds Growing Conditions: Moist, rich soils with full sun   Burdock has been long used across the globe, from its prolific use as a staple in Asian cuisine, included as a bitter agent in beer prior…

Wild Wednesday – Glycyrrhiza glabra

By Artemisia Herbs

Wild Wednesdays are back with a little different flair. We no longer are emphasizing the “wildcrafting” aspect to plants but rather would provide an educational approach as to where our herbs are endemic to, and their botanical makeup, to better understand where medicine has originated and where you might likely be receiving the medicine if…

A Taste of Althaea – Homemade Medicinal Marshmallows!

By Artemisia Herbs

A great recipe and science experiment to make with kids! Ingredients: 3 TBS unflavored gelatin (tapioca powder could possibly be a vegan alternative, though we haven’t tried it) 1 c. maple syrup (honey can be used instead, we tried both) 7 g. wild cherry bark root 7 g. elderberries 14 g. marshmallow powder 1/2 c.…

Herb of the Month – Althaea Officinalis

By Artemisia Herbs

Marshmallow Family: Malvaceae Related to: Hibiscus, Cotton, Hollyhock Native Habitat: Europe, Western Asia, North Africa – there are certain varieties such as globemallow, which are native to New Mexico and can possibly demonstrate similar properties Parts Used: Leaves, Roots, Flowers Growing Conditions: Moist, sandy loam soils with opportunity for shade We all have associations when we…