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…

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…

Tending Mother Ocean: Herbs for the Lymph

I remember the first time I heard the term “Mother Ocean”. I was at herb school in New Mexico with Michael Moore. Learning from Michael was an amazing experience in so many ways. One of the…

Herbal Switchels

When I think about the cold and flu season, the word fun doesn’t readily come to mind. Why do so many of our herbal recipes for illness seem to taste bad? With that question in mind,…

Does Natural Birth Control Work?

As a younger woman, I tried many forms of birth control but none of them worked well for me. The pill gave me both emotional and physical side effects. Other methods were cumbersome or contained nasty…

Into the Green

Late spring is my favorite time of year. The plants are in their full glory and the mountains that surround my beautiful little town are radiating green. I am amazed at how many shades of green…

The 10 Best Things You Can Do For Your Health

There are some basic and fundamental things we can do to be healthy. Without these practices, I think it is hard to have adjunct therapies such as herbs, essential oils, homeopathic remedies or even pharmaceuticals work…

Natural Remedies for Children with Special Needs

As both an herbalist and a mother of a special needs son, I have had many opportunities to apply the information I discuss in this article. I have had lots of occasions to try things and…

Community Herbal Medicine for All

Planting a Seed is Powerful This summer, I had an obsession with seed saving. It all started with a friend and former student of mine. She is a continual inspiration to me. She puts things into…