Blog Party: Forgotten Herbs

Welcome to the first (monthly) Herbal Blog Party!

It seems fitting that we should have our first party on this Blue Moon, with a Forgotten Herbs theme. I’m hoping the Blog Party can be part of a grass roots “remembering” about herbs in Western culture. I’ve certainly learned a lot from this month’s entries.

Guido from A Radicle wrote about Northern Willow-Herb, and about how he got to know this pretty little plant.

Ananda wrote a detailed profile of Rue on her new blog Plant Journeys.

Shamana Flora of Gaia’s Gifts wrote in depth about her experiences with Wood Betony.

Angie from The Herbalist’s Path wrote a post on Cow Parsnip, including recipe ideas.

The redoubtable Henriette of Henriette’s Herbal Blog wrote fascinating tidbits about Black Currant Leaf and Bidens.

I’m not sure if it was exactly for the blog party, but Kiva Rose of A Medicine Woman’s Roots wrote a lovely little post on how she uses Monkey Flower.

Oh, and I wrote about Melilot, my favorite plant of the moment.

UPDATE: Kiva posted some wonderful insights on Evening Primrose for her “official” contribution to the blog party, though we all know she writes constantly about forgotten herbs.

Next month’s party: Soothing recipes for irritated skin.

It’s summertime (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), and that means sunburn and bug bites and cuts and scrapes. What are your favorite recipes for soothing injured and irritated skin? (Salves, liniments, lotions, oils, poultices, washes, etc.)

Post your recipe to your blog sometime during the month of June, and email me a link.

On June 30, I’ll post the party here!

(If you’re interested in hosting a blog party, or have ideas for themes, let me know!)


  1. darcey said,

    May 31, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

    You forgot to link to my forgotten herb post.
    wood betony.


  2. darcey said,

    May 31, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

    ack, no you didn’t. i’m just blind.

  3. kate said,

    May 31, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    One idea for the parties is to get bloggers to post in the last week of the month, or even on a specific day or over a couple of days.

    That way it’s more of a carnival feel. As it is, because I’m RSSed to all but one of the blogs in this month’s party I’ve already read all the posts over the month as they got posted.

    If they were posted nearer in time to each other I think the theme of each party would be more visible.

    Also, there’d be the treat of all these goodies to peruse at once :-))) (my kind of heaven is reading a whole bunch of herbal blogs together).

  4. Kiva Rose said,

    May 31, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

    hrrmm, I’m late! Actually, I have a post on Evening Primrose for this purpose that’s almost done (it’ll be up in a couple of hours), but the Monkeyflower and Wild Honeysuckle posts also fall into the category of Forgotten Herbs as well…. I was just saving the last for a surprise ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. crabappleherbs said,

    June 1, 2007 @ 11:19 am

    What do other folks think about Kate’s idea? I gave us a whole month to post before because I know we’re generally pretty busy, but what about posting in the last week of the month?

    Thanks everybody for participating!

  6. ananda said,

    June 10, 2007 @ 10:21 am

    I think it’s a fun idea. I had started my entry earlier and saved it as draft as I worked, until it was ready. But then, it posted as published the date I started it, not the date I published it, which really bugged me because there were later posts that were listed after. I don’t know how to fix that. Anyway …. this was fun – thanks! All the entries are beautiful!

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    October 4, 2007 @ 1:24 am

    I am always interested in reading about the uses of herbs for various purposes and I would like to share what I know about herbs, with you and your Readers.
    I invite your comments on my email ID

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