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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

Hepatic Herbs

Hepatic herbs offer a broad range of support to the liver. These actions include strengthening tone and function of the liver tissue as well as supporting bile flow. With the liver having such a large impact on the rest of the body, hepatic herbs can make large changes with simple interventions. One of the main…

Incorporate Bitters into Your Diet

Bitter foods and herbs help the body digest food more efficiently and ease constipation.  They increase the secretion of digestive enzymes and break down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. In the small intestine, bile breaks down then absorbs fat. When bile is not flowing properly, many individuals suffer from constipation and/or gallstones. Bitter herbs can help by incorporating…

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…

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….