Philosophy of Ayruveda

Ayruveda is a traditional medicine system from India. Its focus is on the tridosha theory, that all individuals fall in to one of three categories or a combination of the categories. These three are vata, pitta, and kapha. Each of these categories has a tendency towards certain actions, disease states, and body types. When your…

Testing Transit Time

Do you know your transit time? No, it is not the time that it takes for you to get to work in the morning. Your transit time is the time it takes for your food to pass through your entire digestive system. Why is this important to know? Knowing your own transit time is helpful…

The Sting of Nettles

Nettles are a wonderful herb that like to fight against us harvesting them. They sting! Only recently have I lived in an area where there are stinging nettles that I can harvest fresh and use them with out worry of pesticides. That means I have to watch out for the sting! I have been spending a…

Korean Plant Walk

The past few weeks I have been traveling around Asia visting South Korea and I am currently wrapping up my trip in Cambodia. I wanted to share some of the wonderful photographs I took of medicinal plants that we all know and love. Know that many of the herbs we use in Western Herbal Medicine…

Traditional Chinese Medicine

The many branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, include therapies of herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping, and many other techniques including body therapies. All of these therapies all branch from the same philosophical system, commonly called the five elements system. The five elements system is based in a simple philosophy that you have probably heard of,…

Healing Powers Hidden in Your Kitchen

The last two weeks of August we will be presenting our fabulous free class to you all live online and I wanted to give you all a bit of a teaser. Be sure to register today before you forget and check out our other classes that are scheduled for this fall already. All the classes…

Herbal Philosophy 101

Herbal medicine is from everywhere. As long as there have been people and plants, people have been using the plants for their health and well being. Early humans observed the animals and cycles of nature around them to learn what they could use as food and medicine. These observations were organized into different patterns by…

Finding Spirit

We all have a spiritual side, even if we are not religious. Spirit is essence, passion, drive, and what has set us on the path we are on. For myself, I often see spirit in nature, the plants I work with, and the people I care for. Their life is what I work towards, their…

Nervine Herbs

I find these to be some of the most rewarding herbs to work with. The simplest interventions can have the greatest benefits on an individuals experience in life. While nervines in their simplest form just have an effect on the nervous system, most of them do not just have physical benefits but also benefits for…

Stress and the benefits of crying

Cry it out. That is what someone might say if they are supportive of you needing to cry. As we are grow up, crying is often something we do when we are sad, maybe even angry. As adults, we often restrict our crying to mourning the loss of our family and friends. Are there benefits…

Healing Benefits of Yarrow

Is that a carrot growing on the side of the road? No, that is yarrow. Yarrow is a very powerful plant which can aide in reducing inflammation and fevers. It also acts as an anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial herb. Anti-microbial As an anti-microbial, yarrow was traditionally used to relieve sore throats, toothaches, as well as acne….

Getting Rid of the Morning Grog

I have been waking up so much lately feeling groggy and unable to function because of it. When I was out in Colorado a few weeks back I finally figured out why. Dehydration!!! When out in Colorado I also had to deal with the elevation so I thought that was an additive factor. After two…