Author: William Siff

Herban Love with Goldthread Herbs | Nettle Leaf

Culinary + Fashion Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica) Family: Urticaceae Taste: Salty, sweet, bland, slightly astringent Temperature: Neutral to cool Moisture: Drying Herbal Actions: Diuretic, Astringent, Alterative, Anti-rheumatic, Nutritive, Hemostatic General Information & Effects: Often thought of as a common weed, Nettles has a wide range of therapeutic usages more often ascribed to less common and less humble herbs. Nettle’s common name is thought to derive from the “needles” that cover its leaves like tiny hairs. Nettles contain small vials of formic acid that sting when contacted with unprotected skin. This often results in a slight to moderate irritating rash on...

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Herban Love with Goldthread Herbs | Schisandra Berry

Beauty + Brains Schisandra berry (Schisandra Chinensis) Family: Magnoliaceae Taste: Sour, bitter, pungent, sweet, salty Temperature: Warm Herbal Actions: Adaptogen, Nervine, Astringent, Expectorant, Antioxidant Schisandra and our current herbal health trends: Schisandra berry, or Wu Wei Zi, is known as the five flavor berry according to Chinese Medicine, because it is said to contain sweet, bitter, pungent, salty, and sour tastes. According to the principles of natural medicine, each of these flavors has a specific function in the body, and consuming them on a regular basis helps to maintain optimal physiological balance. The modern diet is often lacking in several...

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Herban Love with Goldthread Herbs | Lemon Balm

Travel + Dwell Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis); Family: Labiatae Taste: Sour, bitter, slightly astringent Temperature: Cooling Moisture: Drying Herbal actions: Calmative, Diaphoretic, Anti-spasmodic, Nervine restorative. Lemon Balm, also known as Melissa officinalis, is a unique member of the mint family native to Southern Europe and Western Asia. The name Melissa derives from the ancient Greek word for the honeybee, who do indeed take quite a liking to this plant. To the ancients, Melissa was considered a cure-all and comprehensive tonic to the system. It is easy to agree with them when drinking a hot cup of Lemon Balm tea with honey. Its amazing scent...

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Herban Love with Goldthread Herbs | Tulsi

Beauty + Brains Tulsi (Ocimum spp.); Family: Labiatae Taste: Pungent, Bitter Temperature: Heating Moisture: Drying overall Herbal Actions: Expectorant, Diaphoretic, Nervine, Carminative, Febrifuge, Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic, Anti-fungal. Rasayana. Tulsi, which translates as “the incomparable one”, is among the most sacred herbs in all of Ayurvedic medicine. It is commonly grown in and around Hindu homes and holy places for its atmosphere-purifying effects. Tulsi has an important place within the daily rituals and holy celebrations performed by Hindus throughout the year. It is worshipped as an emanation of the goddess Lakshmi, the lover of Vishnu. Tulsi provides a beautiful example of how certain...

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Herban Love with Goldthread Herbs | Astragalus

Culinary + Fashion Photo from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health How exciting this is to launch an ongoing series in partnership with our plant-loving compatriots, Goldthread Herbs, and its founder, William Siff. Monthly, we’ll be rolling out a red – or, rather, green – carpet for an herb, tonic, or plant of our collective choosing, imparting useful knowledge surrounding its properties and tools for utilization in our daily lives. This month, we kick off with a tonic herb fittingly at the beginning of the alphabet – Astragalus. Astragalus has been used in herbal medicine for more...

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