Job’s tears

   Job’s tears is an ancient, gluten-free cereal grain related to corn. It comes from a grass native to Southeast Asia but is grown in many tropical regions. The plant produces a string of teardrop-shaped seeds that look like beads.  Job’s tears are also called coixseed, tear grass, nato mugi, Chinese pearl barley, and adlay.  This grain can be mistaken for barley due to… Read More

savory

   Savory is an herb from the mint family, native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean. There are two varieties of savory: winter savory (satureja montana) and summer savory (satureja hortensis). Winter savory is a perennial herb available all year round. Summer savory is an annual herb and has a milder taste than its winter counterpart.  Savory has been used since the time of… Read More

buckwheat

Buckwheat is the seed of a flowering plant (fagopyrum esculentrum) related to rhubarb. Buckwheat is a type of groat and is triangular in shape. The seeds are easily mistaken for a grain, particularly since they are cooked and served like grains. In reality, buckwheat is not related to wheat at all (the name can be deceiving) and is actually a great alternative to wheat… Read More

pepper

Black pepper comes from the tropical peppercorn tree (piper nigrum), native to India. The trees produce berries in long clusters, which are dried to become peppercorns. They are harvested during different stages of maturity to obtain green, black, or red peppercorns. Green peppercorns are black peppercorns which have not yet ripened. They are usually preserved in brine since they have a short useful life… Read More

sage

This beautiful and revered herb has been used for centuries for its medical and culinary uses. A member of the mint family, it has a distant fragrance that is often met with fall cooking. While using fresh sage will give you the most fragrance and flavor, if it isn’t available the best alternative is ground or rubbed (rubbed sage literally comes off of the… Read More

rosemary

Rosemary is an herb with a thousand uses. It is extremely hardy and can grow easily inside or out, in the ground or in a pot. Its strong woodsy-citrus like fragrance and flavor is perfect for fall and winter foods and decorating. When using rosemary, opt for fresh as it will give your dishes a more subtle flavor than the pungent dried form. Try… Read More

fresh chives

These small grass like herbs have a subtle, onion-garlic flavor. They lend flavor and color to any dish they are used for; from green salads, baked potatoes, creamy soups, butters, dips, vinegars, sauces, and any vegetable dish. The chive comes with some very impressive health benefits: * a generous serving of two tablespoons a day of fresh chives give you 16% of your daily… Read More

fresh oregano

This fragrant herb has been a staple in pasta sauces for as long as we can remember but its amazing health properties go way beyond those delicious pasta nights. * extremely high in antioxidants for immune support * anti-fungal * anti-bacterial * anti-inflammation * potent anti-viral (very helpful for upper respiratory infections) * cancer fighting * kills intestinal parasites * helps with urinary infections… Read More

fresh basil

This beautiful herb has claimed its spot as king for many reasons, here are just a few that will have you up your basil use right away. * anti-inflammatory * antioxidant * cancer fighter * pain reducer * fever reducer * diabetes preventer * lover protector * blood vessel protector * anti-stress * immune booster * great source of essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins… Read More

ylang ylang essential oil

With its sweet, rich, and spicy aroma, this oil is wonderful to diffuse into the air or spritz over your body. Some other great features are: * internal antioxidant support * promotes healthy skin and hair * helps balance hormones * lessens tension and stress and promotes a positive outlook * helps heal emotional traumas ylang ylang balancing mist 5 drops ylang ylang 2… Read More