Forgotten herb: calendula

Weird name. Amazing herb. Close enough pronounciation "ca-len-juh-la" (how a "d" makes a "j" sound in English, I suppose it's my Connecticut accent.) Calendula is the weirdest looking seed I plant in my garden. Really, it looks like something from an alien nation. It's mildly spikey and curved, almost in an arrogant way. It grows…

If only I read an article like this one from the Herb Society, might have avoided my worst gardening mistake ever! via Save Herb Seeds from Home Garden

A year one clary sage plant growing in my organic backyard garden

Forgotten herb: clary sage

There can only be one reason we forgot about clary sage: modern pharmaceuticals. close enough pronunciation "clare-E  sayjuh" Clary sage was THE go-to herb for our female ancestors to reduce the monthly discomfort of menstruation cycles. Your great-grandmother probably looked forward to the relief of a cup of brewed clary sage tea as she busied…