Making Better Herbal Medicine

When using plants for medicine, we can interpret information about how they grow and reproduce to help us understand how to store them, how long they will stay fresh, and how to best make them into…

Tree Medicine

As winter turns to spring, I have been noticing the trees. Trees are optimists. Even as the leaves yellow in the fall, the trees are preparing for the spring, storing nutrients for the cold months ahead…

Rose Hips: Natural and Free Vitamin C

A guest post by Shawna Paoli, Certified Herbalist There’s good reason as to why the British government organized the harvesting of as many rose hips as possible by the public when they experienced a shortage of…

Herbal Flower Cookies

I baked some cookies for our annual school open house and they turned out so good, I wanted to share the recipe! This gluten free recipe combines three aromatic flowers that made my kitchen smell amazing….

Sumac Fire Cider

Sumac Fire Cider is a new twist on a traditional herbal formula. It is an excellent cold and flu remedy and can help stimulate digestion and immune function. It is also useful for the entire respiratory…

Rose Cordial

This rose cordial is simple, but it really captures the complexity and beauty of a summer rose! Sip a small amount as an after dinner treat, or add a splash of Rose Cordial to fruit, ice…

Are Essential Oils Safe? Part 2

Thoughts on Essential Oil Authenticity, Adulteration, Safety and Ethics: Part 2 In my first article on the use and safety of essential oils, I went over the difference between synthetic fragrances and essential oils, external uses…

Are Essential Oils Safe?

Thoughts on Essential Oil Authenticity, Adulteration, Safety and Ethics: Part 1 I got this email just the other day, responding to recipe I had created using essential oils. “If you are pushing essential oils, you know…

Natural Lice Treatments

Many people are reluctant to use insecticidal head lice treatments on themselves and their family. Natural remedies can work just as well, or sometimes even better. Most over-the-counter treatments contain malathion or pyrethroid, products which seem…

Herbs for the Heart and Cardiovascular System

“It might look like I’m doing nothing, but at the cellular level I’m really quite busy.” ~Unknown If you haven’t read my article on Tending Mother Ocean: Herbs for the Lymph, you might want to start…