Onion Syrup

This is one of the easiest, delicious, and medicinal kitchen medicine projects you can do at home. When I start talking about making onion syrups most people first don’t believe that it works. So a syrup is basically some kind of liquid and sweetener. To make an onion syrup you just layer rings of onions with…

Wildcrafting

**Please enjoy this article first published by TDH in 2015.** The use of wildcrafted herbs in clinical practice is very controversial. One has to consider the importance of the plant, its volume in nature, its ability to reproduce, the ease of harvest and identification, as well as the possibility of different chemical constituents being found…

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…

Aphrodisiac Chocolates

Aphrodisiac herbs are traditionally used to increase feelings of vitality, sexuality and intimacy.  Most importantly, the majority of our aphrodisiac herbs also moonlight as nervines, working to reduce the negative impacts of stress on our body- elevated stress levels being one of the primary contributing factors to low libido. Some of my favorite aphrodisiac herbs…

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…

Rose and Elderberry Chocolates

There are a few different ways to get herbs into your chocolates and they are all delicious. Last week we made reishi chocolates using powdered herbs. This is not the quickest way and it may not be ideal for some herbs that are hard to powder. Making a traditional chocolate truffle means you can use…

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…

What is Arnica Actually For?

So many people see arnica at my booth and get excited. They have heard of it and you probably have to. But do you know what it is actually good for? Most people’s thoughts first go to muscle pain or for bruises. Well this is completely correct. Arnica is a flower in the aster family….

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…