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[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 85 – Splendid Speedwell

“I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer — and what trees and seasons smelled like — how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very rich.” ― John Steinbeck, East of […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 84 – Winter Plant Identification (and a Freebie)

“Nothing in nature, even weeds, should be considered unworthy of study.” – Quirky Science Often we forget to get outside in the winter. Reasons are multitude. It’s too cold. It’s a hassle to bundle up the kids. It’s dreary. There’s nothing to see or do. Nothing is growing. There are no plants around to harvest. […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 83 – Lavish Licorice

‘We’re like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.’ – Jerry Garcia When you think of Licorice, a black colored candy may come to mind. But did you know that Licorice is also a very prized herbal medicine? It’s a flavor that people either seem to love or […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 82 – It’s Turkey (Tail) Time!

“Let us hope that the destruction and pollution that our civilization wreaks upon nature will be brought to a halt; let us hope that our children in their turn will have the chance to admire the cornflower and the poppy and the wild rose and rejoice in their beauty… before they use them to ease […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 81 – Burdock Band-aids

“Can we teach children to look at a flower and see all the things it represents: beauty, the health of an ecosystem, and the potential for healing?” -Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder Burdock is one of those plants that you love and appreciate once you get to […]

April 11, 2014 Calendar Entry

For a tasty liver tonic, try Chicory Root Syrup? It helps to clear toxins and encourage bile flow aiding in digestion. The syrup even helps to stimulate the appetite. Turn to page 30 for the recipe! With such a yummy and healthy syrup, be prepared to share the recipe and some Chicory knowledge with your […]

April 10, 2014 Calendar Entry

Today, let’s open up our journals! You will find some journal space on pages 45 and 46 in your zine. For today’s journal entry, describe Chicory. If you were to take a magnifying glass and held it up to his stem, leaves, and flowers, what would you observe about them? Notice the image above. What […]

April 9, 2014 Calendar Entry

Did you know that Chicory is not only medicinal but nutritional too? Chicory contains Vitamin A (as well as C, E, and K), Folate, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Calcium, Choline, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, and Zinc! To think that most people think he is a common weed. Try some of his leaves […]

April 8, 2014 Calendar Entry

Good morning! It is so good to see you at Herbal Roots Zine! What do you think of the giveaway from yesterday? Can you believe that our friends at Attar Herbs and Spices are gifting us with 2 half pound packages of roasted Chicory root to give away to one of our lucky readers? There’s […]

April 4, 2014 Calendar Entry

We hope that you have found some Chicory flowers! Today, we’re going to be making a Chicory crown! To begin, turn to page 42 for the supply list and directions. Once you get started, the crown will be ready in a few short moments. Where will you wear your crown? Will you be yourself or […]

April 3, 2014 Calendar Entry

Let’s turn to pages 45 and 46. It’s journal time! What is the first sentence that you would write about Chicory? What do you think of his taste? We are looking forward to reading your comments below or on our facebook page!

April 2, 2014 Calendar Entry

What is Chicory’s botanical name? Turn to the All About Chicory section on page 9 to find out! Then try to make as many words as you can out of the letters. How many words did you write down? Post the words in the comments section below or on our facebook page! Let’s see how […]

April 1, 2014 Calendar Entry

Welcome to April! Our herb this month is Chicory. Have you seen him about? Look for plants with blue to purple flowers and leaves with a hairy underside. If you find him and can gather his roots, you will be well on your way to begin making your very own Chicory Extract! The extract is […]