Chestnut Herbal School

Medicinal Herb Cultivation

Lavender’s Medicinal and Aromatherapy Uses and Lavender Truffles

Lavender's Medicinal and Aromatherapy Uses and Lavender TrufflesWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor - There are few scents in this world that evoke the feeling of clean - lavender is one of them. Its common and scientific name originates from lavare, the Latin word for wash or bathe. Lavender was popular as a linen-washing herb [...]
Calendula officinalis

Calendula’s Herbal & Edible Uses: How to Grow, Gather, and Prepare Calendula as Food and Medicine

Calendula officinalis is one of the easiest-to-grow medicinal herbs and so versatile in its healing properties that it invariably finds its way into the hearts and gardens of all herb lovers. It is typically grown as an annual, but can be cultivated as a short-lived perennial in warmer climes (Zone 8-10).

Passionflower – Ecology, Cultivation, Botany, and Medicinal and Edible Uses

Passionflower is ecologically intriguing, drop-dead gorgeous, and an incredibly useful herbal medicine and wild edible. So I introduce this passionflower materia medica with some ecological, botanical, and cultivation snippets specific to this amazingly charismatic native vine, and hope that you wont skip this juiciness for the medicinal information.

Mountain Gardens and Joe Hollis

Mountain Gardens and Joe HollisWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor Joe Hollis   Joe Hollis and Mountain Gardens just celebrated forty years of partnership.  Mountain Gardens is a botanical sanctuary in a small sheltered cove bordered by National Forest and nestled under the massive Black Mountains, including the largest mountain in the East, Mount Mitchell. [...]

Passionflower, from seed to fruit and back again

Passionflower: From Seed to Fruit and Back AgainWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor Passionflower Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata, Passifloraceae) is a short-lived perennial native vine to the southeastern US, with gorgeous flowers and interesting foliage. It is weedy in much of its native range; and fairly easy to grow elsewhere, especially if its given a wall or [...]

Root Division: Multiply Your Medicinal Herb Harvest with These Plant Propagation Tips

Root Division: Multiply Your Medicinal Herb Harvest with These Plant Propagation TipsWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor Planting meadowsweet divisions into pots - Division is the easiest form of vegetative propagation. It involves digging up and severing a portion of the root system of a plant, and replanting it. Depending on the plant species and [...]