COVID-19 Coping: An Herbal Perspective

These are not easy times.  I am deeply concerned for the well-being of my family and community.  Grief is an issue.  So is hypervigilance and the stress of maintaining that.  Trying hard to revel in the extra time with my children and let tomorrow worry about itself. Lower my expectations for myself, and shake off … Continue reading COVID-19 Coping: An Herbal Perspective

Immunity Herbal Bone Broth

When I make bone broth, I add safe immunity herbs like astragalus, elderberry, reishi, ginger, garlic, thyme, sage, and rosemary, as well as seaweed and raspberry leaf for the mineral boost. I freeze the broth in big jars for the future.  It will become miso, pho, tortilla soup, chicken noodle, split pea...any soup we make, … Continue reading Immunity Herbal Bone Broth

Kitchen Herbalism Ideas for COVID-19

Useful kitchen herbalism in this unpredictable time. Remember that herbs and wild foods have nurtured your ancestors through many a plague throughout the history of human animals, and that legacy of fortitude and survivorship lives on in you. Lean in to reconnecting with the lessons of your family legacy.

Herbal Oxymels From the Flower Garden

Oxymels combine the sweetness of honey, the tanginess of apple cider vinegar, and your favorite medicinal flowers for a summer remedy unlike any other! They are certainly one of the lesser-known forms of herbal remedies—unlikely to be found on the shelf of your local food co-op—which makes them a perfect do-it-yourself project for your kitchen … Continue reading Herbal Oxymels From the Flower Garden

Weaving Together the Patterns of Herbs: Using Materia Medica to its Fullest Potential

Home herbalism is who we are and how our families work, healing practiced around the kitchen table around the world and across the centuries. Thank the Good Green Earth that home herbalism happens as a reflex, intuition built on a foundation of herbal fluency that allows us to live as herbalists in every moment. Let … Continue reading Weaving Together the Patterns of Herbs: Using Materia Medica to its Fullest Potential

The Art of Formulation

Learning to create simple, effective formulas that do what they’re supposed to do, don’t do anything undesirable, and don’t taste like rotting death can sometimes be a challenge to the budding herbalist. As we tinker and putter and blend our way down the winding path to gaining experience, this can be one of the major … Continue reading The Art of Formulation

Critical Thinking for Contraindications

Contraindications are situations where an herb is not indicated, either because of a potential interaction or a potential bad outcome. Contraindications can seem scary or overwhelming for the home herbalist, since the stakes are high and the rules unclear, especially with complex medical conditions, children, and pregnant people. This article presents tools for thinking critically … Continue reading Critical Thinking for Contraindications

Birth Trauma: Healing with Herbs

Birth trauma is incredibly prevalent: mention the phrase “traumatic birth” in any group of parents and prepare to be immersed in stories of fear, pain, and loss of autonomy. Regardless of whether the birth involved an unarguably scary sequence of events, a bad injury, or a personal perception that others may not share, trauma can … Continue reading Birth Trauma: Healing with Herbs

Essential Herbs for Toddlers & Young Children

Home herbalism is who we are and how our families work, healing practiced around the kitchen table around the world and across the centuries. Thank the Good Green Earth that home herbalism happens as a reflex, intuition built on a foundation of herbal fluency that allows us to live as herbalists in every moment. Caring … Continue reading Essential Herbs for Toddlers & Young Children

How to Choose Safe, Effective Herbal Remedies for Toddlers & Young Children

Caring for our own children is the entry point into herbalism for many of us, inspired by the awe of a new life to look for safe, natural, inexpensive means of nurture. Home herbalism is who we are and how our families work, healing practiced around the kitchen table around the world and across the … Continue reading How to Choose Safe, Effective Herbal Remedies for Toddlers & Young Children