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Plant Profile: Poison Hemlock

Whether foraging for greens or wildcrafting herbs, knowing the few toxic plants in one’s environment is essential. Poison hemlock is a potentially deadly plant that is frequently encountered in the forests and meadows of northern Arizona. This article and collection of photos is meant to help you identify this plant in your outdoor explorations and […]

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Plant Profile: Astragalus Root

Botanical Name: Astragalus membranaceous  Family: Fabiaceae Common Name: Astragalus Huang Chi – Mandarin Primary Characteristics for Field ID: Some species in the Astragalus genus are native to the Southwest but they cannot be substituted for this Chinese species. Part Used for Medicine: Root Habitat in Which it is Found/ Harvesting Season/ Special Considerations: The sliced […]

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Final Research Project: Goldenseal

 I am pleased to share a final project research paper from a recent graduate of the 9 month “Foundations of Herbal Medicine”  program. This student has chosen to remain anonymous but would like to publicly share the project. Goldenseal – Hydrastis canadensis Prepared by … Foundations of Herbal Medicine The Forager’s Path School of Botanical […]

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Canaigre, Desert rhubarb, Rumex hymenosepalus

Plant Profile: Desert Rhubarb

Botanical Name: Rumex hymenosepalus Family: Polygonaceae Common Names: Red Dock, Desert Rhubarb, Wild Rhubarb Part Used for Medicine: Tubers Habitat in Which it is Found/ Harvesting Season/ Special Considerations: It is found in sandy areas between 3,000’ and 6,000’. Common in the Verde Valley and the many sandy areas around Page, Arizona. The farthest north […]

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Plant Profile: Arizona Cypress

Botanical Name: Hesperocyparis arizonica or Cupressus arizonica Family: Cupressaceae Common Names: Arizona cypress Primary Characteristics for Field ID:
 Some folks say it resembles juniper. I look for two differences here. The cypress is a bluish green and comes to a point at the tree top while a juniper has a deeper green foliage and its […]

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Final Research Project: Pedicularis

I am pleased to share the final research project from the “Foundations of Herbal Medicine” course. Written by Karen Mee, this paper provides an in-depth view of a lesser known herb, Pedicularis. pedicularis spp   by

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Compositae for Herbalists

Formerly known as Asteraceae, the Compositae is one of the largest families in the world with approximately 20,000 species. Is it commonly known as either the Aster, Daisy or Sunflower family. Because of its size, there are many plants that are useful to both foragers and herbalists.  This family is large enough that one cannot […]

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“Arizona Herbal medicine” “Sedona herbal medicine” “Phoenix herbal medicine” “Colorado herbal medicine” “Las Vegas herbal medicine” “Prescott herbal medicine” “Flagstaff herbal medicine” “Oak Creek Canyon” “New Mexico herbal medicine” “Flagstaff essential oil” “Flagstaff essential oils” “Flagstaff aromatherapy” “Prescott essential oil” “Prescott essential oils” “Prescott aromatherapy” “Sedona essential oil” “Sedona essential oils” “Sedona aromatherapy” “Phoenix essential oil” “Phoenix essential oils” “Phoenix aromatherapy” “Las Vegas essential oil” “Las Vegas essential oils” “Las Vegas aromatherapy”

Plant Profile: Motherwort

Botanical Name: Leonurus cardiaca Family: Lamiaceae Common Names Motherwort Primary Characteristics for Field ID: A classic example of the mint family’s square stem and opposite leaves. The square shape of the large stem on this plant has helped many a student remember the mint family. Part Used for Medicine: Leaves and flowers. The stems are […]

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“Arizona Herbal medicine” “Sedona herbal medicine” “Phoenix herbal medicine” “Colorado herbal medicine” “Las Vegas herbal medicine” “Prescott herbal medicine” “Flagstaff herbal medicine” “Oak Creek Canyon” “New Mexico herbal medicine” “Flagstaff essential oil” “Flagstaff essential oils” “Flagstaff aromatherapy” “Prescott essential oil” “Prescott essential oils” “Prescott aromatherapy” “Sedona essential oil” “Sedona essential oils” “Sedona aromatherapy” “Phoenix essential oil” “Phoenix essential oils” “Phoenix aromatherapy” “Las Vegas essential oil” “Las Vegas essential oils” “Las Vegas aromatherapy”

Plant Profile: Goldenrod

Botanical Name: Solidago altissima There are many other species in this genus. Family: Compositae Common Names: Goldenrod As this is a widespread plant in many areas of the world, there may be other common names. The herb community (almost) always refers to it as either Solidago or Goldenrod. Part Used for Medicine: Leaves and flowers […]

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Plant Profile: Desert Willow

Botanical Name: Chilopsis linearis Family: Bignoniaceae This plant is not related to a true willow although the leaves are somewhat similar as is the habitat – along a drainage. Common Names: Desert Willow Habitat in Which it is Found/ Harvesting Season/ Special Considerations: Along drainages in Arizona between 2,000’ and 5,500’. Commonly found in the […]

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