Botanical Name/Etymology: Ilex vomitoria — The genus name Ilex is that given to all hollies. The specific epithet vomitoria is used in reference to the use of this plant by native peoples as a purgative (more about this below).
Common Name(s): yaupon, cassina, wild/native holly Continue reading Holly
Botanical Name/Etymology: Amaranthus hypochondriacus
Family Name: Amaranthaceae Continue reading Amaranth
Top Ten Herbs
as voted on by the HSA membership in attendance at the Education Convention in Pittsburgh last year. Continue reading Popular Herbs
Botanical Name: Hibiscus sabdariffa L.
Family Name: Malvaceae Continue reading Hibiscus
Botanical Name/Etymology: Sesamum indicum (syn. S. orientale)
Family Name: Pedaliaceae
Common Name(s) — sesame, benne (African), gingili, semsent (ancient Egyptian), til, ajonnoli, tahini (ground paste), halvah. The botanical and common names of Sesamum and sesame are believed to be derived from the Arabic work for the plant and seeds: simsim. Continue reading Sesame
Botanical Name: Sambucus nigra
Family Name: Caprifoliaceae
Common Name(s) –Elderberry, elder, European elder, black elder, common elder, elder bush, pipe tree, bore tree, and “Medicine Chest of the People.” Botanical name comes from the Greek word “sambuke” meaning “a musical pipe” in reference to the hollowed shoots which are used to make pipes. The common name of “elder” from the Anglo-Saxon word aeld, meaning “fire,” as the stems were commonly used as kindling. Continue reading Elderberry