Juliet Blankespoor is the director and primary instructor at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, where she teaches the traditional art of bioregional community herbalism. In addition, she cultivates a diverse herb garden and apothecary, and enjoys dreaming up herbal concoctions in her free time. Juliet shares her plant obsession through her herbal articles and botanical photography in her Blog Castanea. She is currently developing an online program on growing herbs, along with writing and photographing her first book –Cultivating Medicinal Herbs- A guidebook to Growing Healing Plants in the Home Garden. Both the book and the course will be available July 2015.
Calendula 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 has been used medicinally for centuries to heal wounds, burns and rashes, both internally and externally. The sunshiny flowers have also been used traditionally […]
One of the many joys of springtime is the welcome return of so many treasured plant allies. Many of these exuberantly abundant herbs are maligned as “weeds”—the mere sight of their presence inspires farmers and homeowners alike to reach for the herbicide. I propose that our culture radically alters our perception of these opportunistic plants. […]