Herbology

  • Quiz 20: Can you name this medicinal herb?

    Related to Lily-of-the-Valley, this Lilliaceae plant can be found in moist, woodland areas of Ontario. An herbaceous perennial with arching stems a...
  • A Short History of Medicine

    AD 1000             That root is heathen, say this prayer.1850                    That prayer is superstition, drink this potion.1940              ...
  • Quiz 19: Can you name this medicinal herb?

    A common weed found in the Ontario forest understory in early spring (hedgerows in the UK), pastures, meadows, river flats, roadsides and occassion...
  • Quiz 18: Can you name this medicinal herb?

    Widely used in Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine, this powerful little plant is often nicknamed “Indian ginseng”. It is used for everything from general ...
  • Quiz 17: Can you name this medicinal herb?

    This Chinese Herbal is an effective, reliable remedy for headaches and neuralgia. Good sedative for insomnia, restlessness, hysteria and convulsion...
  • Quiz 16: Can you name this medicinal herb?

    I feel it necessary to follow up my previous post with the true Aconite or “wolfsbane” or “queen of the poisons”. This plant is the one better know...
  • Quiz 15: Can you name this medicinal herb?

    Winter is long gone here in Southern Ontario (although last week we did have snow, followed by +29C weather)! One folklore name for this herb is “w...
  • Quiz 14: Can you name this medicinal herb?

    My absolute favourite spring herb to torture (and enjoy watching the reactions of) students on plant walks at work. This swamp dweller can be smell...
  • Quiz 13: Can you name this medicinal herb?

  • Quiz 12: Can you name this medicinal herb?

    This beautiful spring flower is not only used medicinally as a laxative when prepared as a rich blue concentrated syrup, but is also an edible flow...
  • Quiz 11: Can you name this medicinal herb?

    This green leaved bastard is an invasive species and feels quite at home as it takes over the beautiful Carolinian forests. Originally brought from...
  • Quiz 10: Can you name this medicinal herb?

    The leaves look as if they have white water stains on them, and are eaten fresh or cooked. Known to Canadian pioneers as Indian Salad, this edible ...
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