Comfrey: Getting Rid of your Harvest Part 2

This week we delve into how comfrey’s beautiful leaves can be used and shared with your friends and family. Last week we looked at how you can use all of your comfrey roots to stop them from spreading in your garden. Remember, if you really want to reduce comfrey from taking over your garden you…

Jewelweed: Fight the Poison Rash!

Jewelweed is a great topical remedy for when you come in contact with poison ivy, poison oak, or stinging nettle!  It has a beautiful translucent, succulent green stem, which is more apparent when held up to the light. The name jewelweed comes from the way rain forms silvery beads, reminiscent of jewels, on the plant’s…

Comfrey: Getting Rid of your Harvest Part 1

A good friend of mine sent out a cry for help this week: ‘I personally would be interested in a post about selling your excess comfrey for fun and profit. Or giving it away. Or paving over it before it takes over the neighborhood.’ So let’s get to it! Comfrey is a very prolific plant…

Comfrey: Looking at the Research

Last fall I wrote a blog on cinnamon, looking at the research, for the purpose of understanding some of the research that is being done on the herb. I would like to take a closer look at comfrey this time. There is a lot of caution out there around comfrey being used internally so for…

Fires Rising: Turning Lead to Pure Gold

Every year I visit a retreat center in southern Pennsylvania in the beginning of June for a transformative change program. This is done through three nights of drumming, dancing, and chanting in a meditative state. While this is not everyone’s cup of tea, every year I make great strides in my own personal mental wellness….

Tumeric, the why and the how

I have some odd allergies. One of them is ginger from the Zingiberaceae family. I have a slight reaction to cardamom, in the same family, but for some unknown reason I do not react to tumeric. Tumeric is a beautiful root vegetable that is commonly used as a seasoning in curries and other Indian cuisine….

Reduce Stress with Forest Bathing

Guest Author: Kimberly Johnson Forest bathing is a great way to reduce stress and connect with nature at the same time. The technique is based in Japanese culture and includes taking time to sit next to a tree while breathing deeply and focusing on all of one’s senses. Forest bathing will help you develop a mental…

Expectorant Herbs

You have probably wanted to use these herbs more than once in your life. Expectorant herbs help remove mucus from the lower respiratory tract. There are two different kinds of expectorants, those that stimulate removal of fluid through coughing and those that sooth the lung muscles and make the mucus thinner for easier removal. With…

Plant Spirit Medicine Intro

Learning about plant spirit medicine is a healing and learning practice on its own. I have minimal experience at this time but I have been so fascinated with this I wanted to share it with you. Last May I guided a class on their first experiences with Plant Spirit Medicine. This is a personal experience to…

Emmenagogues

In general terms, emmenagogues are herbs that stimulate menstrual flow. While this is not always their use, most of them support and tone the tissue of the female reproductive system. Toning herbs and bitter herbs both generally have effects on the female reproductive system as well. Many emmenagogue herbs need to be highly controlled during…

Meditation Basics

If you have already started practicing breathing you are already on your way to learning meditation. The basics of meditation are simple in idea but challenging in practice. The key that I have found most helpful, in learning meditation, is practice. The more frequent you do it, the more successful you will be and the…

Diuretic Herbs

Diuretics are commonly known because they are a large class of pharmaceutical drugs used for treating blood pressure most often. While they do have other uses, herbal diuretics are not generally used for blood pressure. Diuretics are medicines that increase urination. When urination is drastically increased the fluid content of the blood goes down, leading…