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There are many shrubs out there that you can grow in your edible/medicinal hedge but few so versatile as the Black Elder. Not only it is ornamental, it will give you two fantastic harvests per year. What else could you ask for?

Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, or European Elder, is the Sambucus species most often used medicinally. It is native to Europe and eastern USA and often used to shorten the duration of colds and flu. Family Adoxaceae (formerly part of Caprifoliaceae family)…
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There are many shrubs out there that you can grow in your edible/medicinal hedge but few so versatile as the Black Elder. Not only it is ornamental, it will give you two fantastic harvests per year. What else could you ask for?

Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, or European Elder, is the Sambucus species most often used medicinally. It is native to Europe and eastern USA and often used to shorten the duration of colds and flu. Family Adoxaceae (formerly part of Caprifoliaceae family)…
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Borage is a lovely medicinal and culinary herb. The flowers taste a bit like cucumbers and are a gorgeous addition to salads.

Borage, Borago officinalis, lends joy and courage to those who take it. It also soothes skin conditions, respiratory ailments, balances hormones, aids in rheumatic and rheumatoid issues, helps the skin to stay elastic and healthy and tastes good to boot.…
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Buckwheat is used to support blood vessel health and to improve microcirculation.

Buckwheat is a fantastic phlebotonic (vein tonic) due to high content of rutin. Family Polygonaceae Other names Fagopyrum Botanic characteristics It grows from 15 to 60 cm tall (6 to 23 inches). Cultivation A very easy to grow medicinal plant, Buckwheat…
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Echinacea is used in herbalism to boost the immune system, fight infections and to help heal wounds.

Echinacea is a fabulous immune system stimulant and infection fighter used for colds, flu, wounds, acne, boils, etc. It is endemic to the USA and of the known nine species, E. purpurea, E. pallida and E. angustifolia are used the most. Family Asteraceae…
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Calendula is one of my favorite flowers. What's your favorite flower?

Calendula officinalis or Pot Marigold is one of the most popular wound healing herbs. Its petals open in the morning to greet the sun and close before sunset. For this reason, it’s been referred to as Solis Sponsa the bride of the sun. Originally from…
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Have you ever used Yarrow?

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, is the herb to treat wounds, stomach problems and menstrual complaints. People in antiquity called it herba militaris, the military herb, and used it to stop bleeding and treat soldier’s wounds. This hardy flowering perennial…
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Linden is a lovely tree with heart-shaped leaves. It flowers in June and July here in the north of Germany.

Large-leaved Linden, Tilia platyphyllos, and Small-leaved Linden, Tilia cordata) are trees sacred in many eastern European countries. They grow to 30 meters tall and are often planted in alleys. The crown as well as the leaves are heart-shaped. They…
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Another great herb to soothe a sore throat, clear mucus, alleviate skin ailments and much more.

Mullein, Verbascum densiflorum and Verbascum phlomoides, is an herb mostly used to protect and soothe the air passages as well as treat skin conditions. Moreover, Mullein is a vulnerary and a nervine. Verbascum sp is mostly a biennial and a member of the…
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Have you ever used garden herbs for smudging? I do it often. It's easy, convenient and beneficial.

Smudging is easy. There really isn’t any right or wrong way to do it. Every person develops their own method according to taste, preference, experience and intuition. What is important to remember is to ventilate the room so that you allow any stale…
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