Ginseng

Botanical Name: Panax Ginseng (and other Panax varieties) | Family: Araliaceae Common name(s): Ginseng GROWING (for this and the harvesting section, I am going to focus on American Ginseng,

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Ginger

Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale | Family: Zingiberaceae Common name(s): Ginger GROWING Perennial; herbaceous | Zone 9-11 | 3-4 feet tall | Stems are actually leave stalks wrapped tightly around each other, which branch

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Ginkgo

Botanical Name: Ginkgo biloba | Family: Ginkgoaceae Common name(s): Ginkgo, Maidenhair Tree, Bai Guo (Chinese) GROWING Tree, deciduous | Zone 3-8 | 100 feet tall | Fan-shaped, 2-lobed, green to yellow leaves |

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Clove

Botanical Name: Eugenia caryophyllus | Family: Myrtaceae Common name(s): Clove GROWING Tree, evergreen | Tropics | 30+ feet tall | Large, leathery, oval, glossy paired leaves, bell-shaped red flowers twice a season.

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Cinnamon

Botanical Name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum / verum | Family: Lauraceae Common name(s): Cinnamon, Cinnamon Tree GROWING Tree | Zones 9-11| 32-49 feet tall (may be kept trimmed to 3-8 feet in

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In through the skin

The skin. Some say the biggest organ of the body is the skin. So when you spread stuff on your skin, what happens? First of

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Pippsissewa

Botanical Name: Chimaphilla umballata | Family: Ericaceae | Subfamily: Pyrolaceae Common name(s): Pippsissewa, prince’s pine, ground holly GROWING Perennial | Zones 5-8 | 6-12 inches tall | Lance-shaped, toothed, waxy leaves (pale underneath). Flowers

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Parsley

Botanical Name: Petroselinum crispum | Family: Umbelliferae Common name(s): Parsley GROWING Biennial; herbaceous | Zones 5-8 | 12-20 inches tall | White, umbel flowers in early to midsummer in the second year

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Gravel Root

Botanical Name: Eupatorium purpureum | Family: Compositae Common name(s): Joe-Pye Weed, Trumpet Weed, Purple Boneset, Queen of the meadow, Kidney root GROWING Perennial | Zones 3-8 | 5-6 feet tall |

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Juniper Berries

Botanical Name: Juniperus communis | Family: Cupressaceae Common name(s): Juniper GROWING Evergreen tree or shrub | Zones 2-9 | Gardens, yards, fields Full sun HARVESTING Harvest the ripe berries (they ripen the second

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Corn Silk

Botanical Name: Zea mays | Family: Gramineae Common name(s): Corn silk, corn tassles GROWING Annual | Zones 4-8 | Garden vegetable See this Old Farmer’s Almanac article on growing corn

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