August 31, 1998 |
Scanning the shelves of an herbal medicine shop in Los Angeles' Chinatown, the drug sleuth had no trouble spotting contraband. Richard Ko, a pharmacologist in the drug safety branch of the California Department of Health Services, zeroed in on a red, gold and white box of pills called Ansenpunaw.
September 1, 1998 |
Before Tom Murdock founded a business that would grow into the nation's largest maker of herbal medicines, he found inspiration in Arizona's high desert. It was in the late 1960s and Murdock's wife, Lavoli, was gravely ill with cancer that hadn't responded to conventional treatments. Murdock had heard about a Navajo medicine man who touted a desert chaparral shrub as a remedy for ailments from colds to cancer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1986 |
Ah, the splendor of herbs is just the right medicine for today's fast-food cooking crowd, says herbalist Joyce Smith of Fullerton, whose herb garden no doubt is the envy of her neighbors. It takes the place of her front lawn. "I spend about the same time on it as I would taking care of grass," she said while tending a garlic chives plant, one of the tasty specimens she grows in her tiered garden that includes roses for fragrance. "Instead of grass, I get something productive out of the land."
October 29, 1987 |
On a high shelf in Henry Chang's bustling herb shop sits a glass jar with a coiled, plump rattlesnake drowned in whiskey. It is smiling. There are worse ways to die. "You want to drink some of my rattlesnake whiskey?" Chang offers. "It's good for you," says the agile, 84-year-old proprietor of Essential Chinese Herbs in Chinatown, for more than a century a supplier of herbs to doctors of traditional Oriental medicine in Los Angeles.
HOME & GARDEN
August 11, 2005
THANKS so much for the article on seed catalogs, "Our Kind of Summer Reading," [Aug. 4]. The only one I was familiar with was Seeds of Change, so I am eager to explore the others. I want to share with you my current favorite seed catalog, Turtle Tree Seed company, www.turtletreeseed.com.They offer biodynamic and organic seed, and list where the seed is cultivated in addition to offering good suggestions and descriptions. They offer vegetables, insect-attracting flowers, healing and culinary herbs, etc. I love these guys and hope you enjoy them too. ANNA BISSON Glendale
September 1, 2012 |
How does your garden grow? That's a question that can be posed to a number of restaurants around town. And I'm not just talking old olive oil cans sprouting Genovese basil or flat-leaf Italian parsley. Restaurants are adding giant pots or raised beds wherever they have space. Some are putting in edible landscaping more as poetic ambience than working garden. But others are more ambitious, growing a good portion of the produce and herbs used in their kitchens. And why not? We've got sun. We've got space.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2000 |
It all seemed too good to be true. A candle to bring me the love of my life? A prayer to bring me success? Tarot cards that would tell my future? The promises of the curandera struck me as absurd. But in Sylmar, in a Latino neighborhood where immigrants bring with them old customs, you don't want to dismiss them too lightly. Curanderos, or healers, practice a mix of Spanish, Native American, Greek and Arabic traditions; some dateback to the Maya and Inca civilizations.