Author Archives: Maizey Clark

Peppermint – Farmacy Friday

Peppermint Tis’ the season for candy canes!  While “healthy” might be a stretch when it comes to these sugary treats, their main ingredient (peppermint) is beneficial in more ways than one!  While dentists don’t necessarily suggest candy canes for oral health due to their sugar content, the peppermint oil in these delicacies is antiseptic, which means it […]

Jiaogulan – Farmacy Friday

Jiaogulan, a five-leaf, climbing vine of the cucumber/gourd family, is indigenous to China and other Asian nations, and literally means “twisting blue plant.”  Common names include five-leaf ginseng, poor man’s ginseng, miracle grass, fairy herb, sweet tea vine, gospel herb, and southern ginseng.  While the fruit is inedible, the herb is sold as a tea, powder, or […]

Thyme – Farmacy Friday

Thyme, a member of the mint family, has over 400 sub-species, and has been used medicinallyfor thousands of years. For example, Ancient Egyptians used the herb for embalmment, whilethe Greeks used it predominantly as incense. Recent studies of the herb over the past several decades have demonstrated its wide range ofuses—which are quite impressive. One […]

Rosemary – Farmacy Friday

Rosemary, a perennial herb and member of the mint family, is an evergreen native to the Mediterranean region, often growing on the edges of coastal cliffs.  Now found all over the world, rosemary is resilient, adaptable, and drought-resistant, thriving best in well-drained soil.   Perhaps most revered throughout history for its ability to preserve memory, rosemary […]

Desert Broom – Farmacy Friday

Desert Broom Though considered a weed, desert broom (baccharis sarothroides), or Cascol caaco, was often used as a tonic by the Seri people; an indigenous group in the Mexican state of Sonora.  Seeping the twigs of the plant could produce a rich tea, and was routinely administered to treat colds and sinus headaches.  For general soreness and achy ailments, the […]