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…

In Celebration of Dandelion

dandelion thank you The other day I passed by my neighbor’s house and admired their exceptional crop of dandelions. They had yellow flowers and puffs of seeds all over their lawn. I knew their next-door neighbor…

Herbal Shrines

I love shrines. There is something very precious about humans expressing their delight and reverence for the divine. Years ago, I traveled to Thailand and was charmed and moved by the multitude of shrines. There were…

What grows where you grow?

There is something special about the plants that grow near us. They are exposed to the same environment as we are – the same air, water, weather and the same seasons. Because of this, I believe…

A Skullcap Moment

Have you ever had the uneasy feeling that your thalamus isn’t working correctly? Maybe the light just seems too bright. It might be that sounds seem too loud. Or maybe those shoes you are wearing need…