Let’s Run Amok: Cambodian Cooking

Amok is a delicious traditional Cambodian dish an it is so full of flavor and wonderful medicinal herbs I wanted to make sure I could share it with you after my trip to Cambodia a few months back. Unlike many South East Asian cuisines, Cambodian food is not quite as spicy but is still very…

International Fruits 2

My second fun trip to an international grocery store got me these fun treats. Which ones have you had? While they are not as fun colored as the last batch they are super fun to try out and I am excited to try to plant some of these seeds soon as well. Check out my…

Ethical Herbal Medicine: My 2017 Harvest

If you are choosing to wild craft, whether they are the at risk plants or not, it is important to make sure you are only ever harvesting what you need. Do not go out and harvest pounds of stinging nettles and then never use them. Take only what you need and leave the patch looking…

Ethical Herbal Medicine

Do you know which medicinal plant species are ‘at risk’ in the USA? Some may surprise you because we use them all the time. I am worried about the future of the plants on this earth. As rain forests are destroyed, wild plants are over harvested even in our own back yards. I am commonly…

International Fruits!!

Can you name the four fruits that are in the picture? Do you know how to prepare each of them? They are all super tasty and mostly available at grocery stores in busier towns. Wouldn’t you like to try them? Starfruits are quite common these days. They are very sweet and floral tasting. Simply cut…

That Skin Rash, part 3

And then one year my skin just cleared up. I had no clue why. I was eating more local and organic food consistently. No gluten, no artificial flavors or colors. A meal plan high in fruits and vegetables. I didn’t know what I had done but I was thankful. That fall I was traveling to…

That Skin Rash, part 2

Having developed and tried different calendula creams and infused oils on my skin rashes while avoiding essential oils I went even simpler. I was reacting even to the calendula in the infused oil and my skin was not happy. When it is inflamed, anything can cause more irritation. So I went to protect my skin…

That Skin Rash, part 1

Its psoriasis! Its eczema! Well they are both inflammation of the skin. There may be more of an autoimmune piece to one but they are both inflammation of the skin. My skin had one of those, labeled at the time as contact dermatitis. Its all the same. Eleven. ELEVEN different prescriptions I was on for…

Dairy Free Diet Resource Guide

Enjoy a flash back to one of our old posts. It is in a different kind of format than you are used to but I hope you will still enjoy it. Originally published February 3, 2015. What are the rules of this diet? To maintain a Dairy free diet the following ingredients must not be…

Ulcers, yuck

It is not just diabetes that can lead to external ulcers. Individuals who have restricted movement, a variety of older injuries, and have gotten skin infections are also likely to develop ulcers. What are ulcers and what can we do as herbalist to help with them. Ulcers start as some sort of injury that your…

Gout: Resurgence of an Old Problem

‘Gout is an old persons disease.’ Well that is not the case any longer and it is back on the rise. This past month I joined a group on Facebook and found it kept coming up in discussion so I’m getting some wellness practices out there for all of you to keep in your back…

Lets Talk About Cures

‘Looking for a cure for X.’ ‘I just found an awesome cure for my chronic problem!’ ‘This product cures X!’ I am sure you have heard one or more of these before or thought them yourself. Why are we so attached to cures? Do cures actually exist? How can we actually cure our problems? When…