Your First Harvest

Excellent! You have grown an herb or found one that you have properly identified in the wild. Now it is time to harvest it. There are many things to consider before harvesting an herb. Do you need the herb? If you do not have a use for the herb its simple! DO NOT HARVEST IT!…

When is it Time to Work with a Professional Herbalist?

How long should you be exploring herbs on your own or at the suggestion of friends before you should be heading to work with a professional herbalist? This is a question that a lot of people never even ask themselves because they are unaware that professional herbalists even exist.  For the sake of this article,…

Herbal Product Shelf Life

I always get worried when I am seeing people post about making a tea, decoction, or other herbal infusions and then them using them a week later. AH! If there is just water in there and no preservatives that is bad, bad, bad! Lets talk about the shelf life of different herbal products today and…

Herbal Ghee

A delicious and healthy herbal treat that can be made at home, herbal ghee has its tradition stemming from Ayruveda in India. The benefits to using ghee are numerous. For myself, I find that I do not have the heavy bloating feeling associated with dairy when I have ghee. This plus the delicious taste makes…

Food As Good As the Source

This past week I was out and about and got hungry while I was shopping at a big box store. I wasn’t going to be able to get a good meal for a few hours so I found something that looked relatively healthy: a prepackaged pack of carrots, broccoli, dressing, a piece of cheese, and…

Balancing Your Energetics

I continue to get questions as to what herbal philosophy is and it is not an easy thing to understand. Many individuals who are new to the herbal community do not understand how much thought goes into supporting individuals with their challenges. Modern herbal medicine has grown up from a variety of different philosophical traditions…

Nootropics In Your Food!

A few years back I was invited to write an article for a nootropic research platform. I am now able to share it directly with you to enjoy. At this point you probably have heard a lot of talk about nootropic chemicals and how they can affect your body to give you a boost both…

Chai Tea to Warm the Soul

One of our fabulous interns from TDH has a recipe this week for you to enjoy! If anyone knows Carmen they know I can find humor in everyday mundane things. For example, when I’m working remotely at a coffee shop, I always chuckle when I hear people at the counter ordering chai tea lattes. You…

Your Diet is Causing Inflammation, Part 2

So many ingredients in the SAD diet cause inflammation. But it is the preservatives, colorings, and flavorings that we really don’t know what they are doing in the body. They are just not well studied. For instance, did you know that arnica is an approved flavoring agent by the FDA?!?! If you don’t know why…

Elderberry Ice Cubes

I often see individuals wanting to make elderberry syrup and then not wanting the sugar so they try to find another solution. Some try to substitute the sugar, others head to making a tincture but I really think that elderberry is best extracted in water, in a decoction. So how do we make a larger…

Your Diet is Causing Inflammation

Yep, probably. It is. I know some days mine does. Do you have a standard American diet? Oh? You haven’t heard of the SAD diet? Then yes, you probably are eating something that is causing you inflammation. If you have heard of it you are probably more aware of what you are putting into your…

Gluten and Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie

If you haven’t realized it yet from my previous posts I really like Pumpkin! This Pumpkin Pie recipe is completely allergen friendly!  Crust This crust recipe worked better for me than any gluten crust I have ever tried and I will keep using it.I used 1/2 cup vegetable shortening with 1 1/4 cups of chickpea…