Invitation to an herbal blog party.

What: An herbal blog party!

When: The last day of each month.

Who: Plant writers of all species.

Host for May: The Herbwife’s Kitchen.

Theme for May: Forgotten herbs.

Directions: Sometime during the month of May, write a blogpost about an herb that’s not commonly used by herbalists these days. It might be a regional herb, a neglected weed, or something that’s not generally thought to be “medicinal.” It should be an herb that you won’t find on a health food store shelf, or in popular herb books. Include this link——and send me a note when your post is up—rebecca {AT}

On May 31, come by and join the party!

PS: If you’re interested in hosting an herbal blog party or if you have ideas for future themes, please email me!


  1. Jan S. said,

    May 25, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    How about Sassafrass? I don’t see it listed in your list of herbs in this site and I would be surprised to find it on a health food store shelf, but yet I do believe it has had some medicinal uses. I actually experimented with making tea from the root a long time ago. As I recall, the tea was reddish and mixed with some honey was not bad. I used a potato peeler to shave the roots that I then steeped in hot water. It seems to me that I have since heard that it has some harmful properties, but I do not recall any unpleasant side effects. I also remember when I was a kid picking huckleberries (wild blueberries so those in New England) in Western Pa with my mom, that in addition to huckleberries, I would munch on the sassafrass leaves and don’t recall any adverse reaction to those either. So, from your knowledge of Appalachian herbal history, does Sassafras have any medicinal value? Is the tea good for anything? I suppose it’s more or less irrelevant in New England, but it would be nice to know for future trips to PA.

  2. crabappleherbs said,

    May 26, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

    Ah, sassafras. So much to say about that lovely little tree. As you know sassafras tea is an old Appalachian tradition. It’s not legal to sell it these days, because one of the constituents (safrole), if purified and fed to rats for extended periods of time, causes cancer. Right. They say that a cup of sassafras tea is about as carcinogenic as a can of beer. But the regulation of these things is not particularly logical. If you’re interested in learning more about the medicinal uses and history of sassafras, check out the articles about it on Henriette’s site.

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