Front Lawn Herbal Medicine

Take a look around the grass on your lawn, in the park, or even on the side of the road. There are medicinal herbs everywhere that can easily be harvested and used immediately. When harvesting these plants, aim for picking plants that grow in areas that are not sprayed with herbicides or pesticides and that…

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…

Chai Tea to Warm the Soul

If anyone knows Carmen they know I can find humor in everyday mundane things. For example, when I’m working remotely at a coffee shop, I always chuckle when I hear people at the counter ordering chai tea lattes. You might ask what’s so funny about that. Well friends, chai is the Hindi word for tea,…

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…

Fun with Herbs n’Words

I came across a darling pamphlet last fall and it was filled with poems and other wordsmithing about herbs. I wanted to share a few with you and talk about what they mean. If you want to get the pamphlet visit greatcape.com or email ginkgo@greatcape.com. Here are a few of my favorites that were in…

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…

New Blog Schedule and Patron BONUS

Thank you all for following my blog so diligently over the past few years. I have been glad to offer you posts at least twice a week, sometimes three during our special events. To continue the growth The Dancing Herbalist, I am now shifting over to Patreon. There will continue to be blogs posted on…