Holy Basil as Yoga

Tusli is also known as holy basil and it said to be the the yoga of all herbs. Just like the yoga pose Tadasana, tulsi provides balance and grounding. This plant is considered an Ayurvedic herb, with its origin believed to be in north central India, now growing throughout the eastern world tropics. Tulsi is…

Yoga for Beginners: Mountain Pose

Yoga can provide many benefits to the mind and soul by teaching you how to both be more grounded and calm yourself. Physically, Yoga strengthens your muscles with frequent practice. When you practice, like any other movement you should warm up your body. You warm up by starting with easy poses such as mountain pose…

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…

Accepting All Spiritual Paths as Valid

It can be really challenging to accept that someone else’s beliefs are also valid if they contradict your own. Whether or not you have a spiritual path it is probably important to you. With the challenging political atmosphere around us, it is all the more important to be open to supporting others on their terms…

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…

Fires Rising: Turning Lead to Pure Gold

Every year I visit a retreat center in southern Pennsylvania in the beginning of June for a transformative change program. This is done through three nights of drumming, dancing, and chanting in a meditative state. While this is not everyone’s cup of tea, every year I make great strides in my own personal mental wellness….

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….

Reduce Stress with Forest Bathing

Guest Author: Kimberly Johnson Forest bathing is a great way to reduce stress and connect with nature at the same time. The technique is based in Japanese culture and includes taking time to sit next to a tree while breathing deeply and focusing on all of one’s senses. Forest bathing will help you develop a mental…