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,…

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…

Why The ‘Dancing’ Herbalist?

Many years ago, I started calling myself The Dancing Herbalist. It is me, it is who I am. Many people who do not know me personally ask me ‘Why dancing?’ Movement and dancing is a huge passion of mine, in addition to herbs. I have been dancing since I was a wee one and I…

Nootropics In Your Food, part 3

  Thanks for sticking with us to learn about nootropics in your food. Be sure to check out parts 1 and 2 as well. Niacin, or vitamin B-3, is not known for its association with the nervous system or cognitive function. It is however, known to affect the bodies overall energy levels. Niacin is essential…

Nootropics In Your Food, part 2

  So what are some of these nootropic nutrients you need to be getting from your food? Choline deficiency is not uncommon. If your body is low in choline you may experience insomnia, fatigue, kidney and nerve-muscle problems, as well as fat accumulation in your blood. Don’t some of these symptoms sound like reasons you…

Nootropics In Your Food, part 1

You may have heard a lot of talk about nootropic chemicals and how they can affect your body to give you a boost both mentally and physically. My question to you what is causing us to need this boost in the first place? As humans have evolved, wouldn’t we have evolved with these chemicals in…

Let The Rain In

As a kid I would stand in the rain, stare up at the sky, and just let it wash over me. Sometimes friends would join me, sometimes playing, sometimes just listening to the rain. I could be happy and let the rain in. I always remember seeing others scrambling between overhangs, huddling under umbrellas, or…

I’ve Just Got This Cough

“Carmen, I’ve just got this cough and I’m having so much trouble getting rid of it, what should I do”, asked the manager at my local drug store. She had no idea I am an herbalist. I was shocked because this had been happening to me often since studying herbal medicine. And because it was…

Your Diet is Causing Inflammation, Part 3

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…

Your Diet is Causing Inflammation, Part 2

Have you removed the animal products that are causing you inflammation? How about other oils? Rancid Oils This is a huge issue in the United States. Other countries think Americans are stupid and don’t know better. We don’t. They send us all their terrible quality oils and keep the good stuff among themselves. Not only…

Your Diet is Causing Inflammation, Part 1

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…

Healing Essential Oil Damage

It is not uncommon these days to see people that have had either their skin or digestive system damaged from inappropriate use of essential oils. The body sets up an cycle of inflammation that just continues to get worse the more it is stimulated either by the essential oils themselves or due to other molecules…