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…

That Skin Rash, part 3

And then one year my skin just cleared up. I had no clue why. I was eating more local and organic food consistently. No gluten, no artificial flavors or colors. A meal plan high in fruits and vegetables. I didn’t know what I had done but I was thankful. That fall I was traveling to…

That Skin Rash, part 2

Having developed and tried different calendula creams and infused oils on my skin rashes while avoiding essential oils I went even simpler. I was reacting even to the calendula in the infused oil and my skin was not happy. When it is inflamed, anything can cause more irritation. So I went to protect my skin…

That Skin Rash, part 1

Its psoriasis! Its eczema! Well they are both inflammation of the skin. There may be more of an autoimmune piece to one but they are both inflammation of the skin. My skin had one of those, labeled at the time as contact dermatitis. Its all the same. Eleven. ELEVEN different prescriptions I was on for…

Ulcers, yuck

It is not just diabetes that can lead to external ulcers. Individuals who have restricted movement, a variety of older injuries, and have gotten skin infections are also likely to develop ulcers. What are ulcers and what can we do as herbalist to help with them. Ulcers start as some sort of injury that your…

Deciding on an Herbal Study Program

With our new Home Herbalist Study Program starting in a few months and our information sessions starting soon I wanted to break down a few options for you when deciding what herbal study program to participate in. What are your personal goals? We all have different goals when it comes to learning about herbal medicine….

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…

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…

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…