Plant Profiles in Chemical Ecology

The Secret Life of Plants

Category Terpenes

Looking Closer at Your Flower Bouquet: Salal, Immigrant Labor & the International Floral Industry

Plant Classification Family Ericaceae Genus Gaultheria Species Gaultheria shallon Common Name salal Salal (Gaultheria shallon) is a dominant understory shrub native to coastal regions of California, Alaska, and the Pacific Northwest.  It’s easy to recognize because of its shiny, sturdy,… Continue Reading →

I May Be a Delicate Flower, But I Can Still F**k You Up

Family Plantaginaceae Genus Digitalis Species purpurea Common Name Foxglove During the height of summer in the Pacific Northwest, you’ll find roadsides, hiking trails, etc. decorated with towering purple to pink to white spikes. Growing up, I called these bee-loving plants… Continue Reading →

Lemon Balm: Calming Herb You Need In Your Life

Next time you’re stressed or anxious, try turning to a medicinal herb called Melissa officinalis, commonly known as lemon balm.

Chaste Tree: Mother Nature’s Menstruation Remedy

For all my fellow female warriors, population producers, goddesses, and gender-non-conforming individuals with a menstrual cycle, it’s tough out here. With the pink tax still at large and the current political state the way it is, it’s time to start… Continue Reading →

From Cradles to Coffins: Western Red Cedar, A Tree of Life

Have you ever come across a tree that captivates your attention? A tree that is both mystical and glorious? Ever visited the Redwood Forest that borders northern coastal California? Did you happen to drive through the giant sequoia trees? (If… Continue Reading →

Tea Tree Oil: Nature’s Potent Antiseptic

Tea Tree Oil, composed of over 100 terpenes, is most widely recognized for its antimicrobial effects. Which of these terpenes can this property me attributed to?

Sunflowers : Beautiful, oily, and versatile

For having a relatively short evolutionary history, the common sunflower has found a place in many aspects of everyday life. From food, cosmetics, and even fuel, the sunflower is as versatile as they come.

Thujone: Psychedelic, Potent Cancer Treatment, or Poison?

Thujone is a terpene compound present in an infamous and well-used plant, Artemisia absinthium, or Wormwood, a source of medicine, drunkenness, and psychedelic experiences for centuries.

Take Back Your Uterus with this Psychedelic Herb of the Ancient World

Fight the Patriarchy! In the era of Trump, this magical weed can help women fight the power and take control of their reproductive rights!

Symbionts vs. Parasites

How Scientists Are Using Plant Signals In The Fight Against Starvation

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