Herbal Truffles

Commonly called nut butter balls, there is no reason you cant make herbal treats with out chocolate as well. We have had some excellent recipes this month using chocolate and herbs but you can make nut butter versions as well (chocolate optional). Ingredients (bare minimum) 1 cup nut butter of your choice (almond, peanut, sunflower)…

Herbs for Stress Relief

This time of year we could also use a little extra stress support and I was already to tell you about four awesome herbs that you can use for stress relief. Then I noticed that I had already posted about those exact four herbs! Instead, lets  talk about how you can make an awesome nervine…

Arthritis and Herbs

Arthritis, yea it hurts and boy does it take a lot of work to get rid of it or reverse the progression. What?! You didn’t know you can do that? Unfortunately, not everyone can but if you start at the first signs of arthritis it is a simple path back to healthy joints. Arthritis is…

Herbal First Aid

Generally when we think of first aid we think of cuts, scrapes, and bruises. While it can get much more complicated than that, using herbs for first aid does not have to be challenging. NOTE: If you are serious about learning first aid I highly recommend starting with a class at a community college. Many…

Reshi Chocolates at Home

Chocolate can be a great way to take your herbs. Really? Yea and its not hard to make a simple herbal chocolate that is not packed with sugar and dairy. A more complicated way of adding herbs to your chocolates is to infuse them in water, coconut oil, or cocoa butter. Look for how to…

Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms can make a huge impact on your energy levels and ability to cope with stressors. Many also have amazing benefits to cure long standing illnesses and some of the more pervasive cancers. The three that I use most frequently are reishi, cordyceps, and maitake. Reishi This is a mushroom you may have already…

Introduction to Oils

‘I’m into oils.’ OK? What does that mean? Individuals not experienced may often say this not knowing what they really mean. If an individual does not say they are into essential oils, fixed oils, or infused oils they are not yet someone you should take advice from because they are a beginner and information can…

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…

Herbal Book Recommendations

So where to start when learning about herbal medicine. There are just so many books out there. How do you know who is qualified to teach you and who has information that lines up with your interests and goals. Id like to share with you some of the books I think that all budding herbalists…

Cambodian Plant Walk

Traveling in Cambodia has been absolutely beautiful. Other than enjoying the beautiful temples at the Angkor complex I have also had the opportunity to explore some plants and take a few cooking classes (more to follow). I hope you will enjoy this brief plant walk through Cambodia of the plants that I enjoyed. I was…

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…