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I recently attended a conference given by Margi Flint for the “practicing herbalist.” As a registered nurse, I often feel a by-stander in someone else’s world when I attend an herbal conference of any sort. It’s not that I am ashamed of my career, quit the opposite. I have been very successful, helped many patients […]Read more »
Stress We all have it, we all complain about it, but we also all downplay the affect it has on our health and well-being. Small amounts of stress are motivating and propel us in a forward motion allowing us to be inspired and passionate. Large amounts of stress, such as family emergencies or financial burdens, […]Read more »
Shiitake and Morel Mushrooms are a couple of the best tasting mushrooms, well if you grow your own or wild harvest, that is. Those store bought mushrooms grown on sawdust in dark buildings cannot compare to the fresh taste of log grown shiitakes !! I am on a mushroom kick this week because it is […]Read more »
Now that this long winter is finally over, I try to check my garden daily to see what herbs are popping up. While I know I won’t see some, like milkweed, goldenrod and St. Johns wort for a little while, early bloomers are popping up. Among them is yarrow, almost as common a “weed” as […]Read more »
It’s frightening to not be able to catch your breath. It’s down-right terrifying to see your child struggle to breathe. Asthma is inflammation of the bronchial passages of the respiratory system and is accompanied by excessive mucous production in the lungs. Spasms in the smooth muscles of the respiratory system lead to the classic wheezing […]Read more »
The wild violets are out, creating a beautiful carpet of green and purple speckled lawn. I love this time of year when everything is starting to bust open with springtime goodness! Violets are not only beautiful, they are edible and medicinal too! Last year I spent the entire year creating jellies from all edible wild […]Read more »
‘Wild’ yards are things of beauty in the spring time! Weeds to one, are salad greens, seasonings, or medicine to another. From the tiny white flowers adorning chickweed to the deep purple and green blossoms of henbit, unkempt, springtime yards are happy rainbows of color. It is impossible to pick a favorite yard herb or […]Read more »
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 […]Read more »
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. […]Read more »
Burdock is a wonderful medicinal herb AND a delicious root to eat. You may have eaten it in a Japanese meal, not even knowing it! Last year for the first time, I planted Gobo Burdock(Arctium lappa) in hopes for one or two good roots for tincturing. I started the plants from seeds and had 6 seedlings to […]Read more »