Iced Tea & Ice Cubes: July Medicine Journal

It's hot, and delicious tea herbs are abundant!  Take a cue from the weather and keep the fridge stocked with herbal iced teas.  If you'd like to relish these teas again after the flowers have faded, try herbal ice cubes and popsicles for a year-round treat! Right now, my family is enjoying homemade lemon balm, … Continue reading Iced Tea & Ice Cubes: July Medicine Journal

Summer Meadows: August Wildcrafting Journal

High summer is all about the herbs of the field.  Be on the look out for Bee Balm, Goldenrod, & the wild Mints.  Keep your eyes on the hedgerows for late Elder flowers, and be ready for ripe Elderberries soon.  New England Aster will be ready before we know it, too, although it has a … Continue reading Summer Meadows: August Wildcrafting Journal

Time to Dig Roots! September Medicine Journal

Get ready for roots! One of the most common questions I'm asked is when to harvest roots. Autumn is the perfect time to dig roots, as the plant has stored up lots of good carbohydrate energy to get it through the winter. The most fortuitous time of the fall for digging roots is the dark … Continue reading Time to Dig Roots! September Medicine Journal

New England Aster: September Wildcrafting Journal

New England Aster is almost here!  This has become one of my favorite early fall medicines to harvest.  It is so fun to be out in the sun on a crisp, early fall day, picking beautiful purple flowers at the end of the season.  Often I'll harvest some wild apples or Eliagnus berries while I'm … Continue reading New England Aster: September Wildcrafting Journal

Allyship in Herbalism: Ruminations

The Bottom Line is Self-Empowerment We are each the utmost authority on our own health. We are not the utmost authority on someone else’s health. Even when someone is making an unarguably bad choice (quit smoking already) we are not the expert on what’s inside them. We are experts at our practice, and we can … Continue reading Allyship in Herbalism: Ruminations

Thoughts on Family Herbalism

Home herbalism is a way of life as well as being a healing practice. It permeates our lives in myriad ways, far beyond transforming the garden yield into next year’s medicines: turning a chicken carcass into bone broth, tucking a light sleeper in with a lavender pillow, convincing three teenagers to spend Saturday afternoon harvesting … Continue reading Thoughts on Family Herbalism

Principles of Home Herbalism

Instinct and intuition make the art of home herbalism, but they should be rooted in a strong foundation to be successful. Before we dive into formulas and recipes and parenting hacks to get remedies into toddlers, let’s establish a common foundation of principles. Herbal Lineages Home herbalism, and folk medicine in general, is a nonhierarchical … Continue reading Principles of Home Herbalism

Solubility in Medicine Making

Solubility: The Basics Something is soluble if it dissolves in a particular liquid: picture stirring sugar into hot tea (soluble) versus cold water (not). Many plant compounds that we use for medicine have to dissolve in the water/alcohol/honey/oil/etc. for medicine to be a thing. Many plant constituents are polar, meaning they have a positive side … Continue reading Solubility in Medicine Making

January’s Garden Tip: Now is the time to plan!

Spread out on the rug in front of the fire with your gardening notebook, last year's leftover seeds, your favorite seed catalogs (mine are Fedco, Richters, and Horizon Herbs), and a mug of tea of course.  Ideally, you wrote down what went where and how it did last year, and can now look through those … Continue reading January’s Garden Tip: Now is the time to plan!

Preserving Mushroom Medicine

Medicinal mushrooms are often overlooked when we talk about solubility and the best ways to preserve things.  We talk a lot about mucilage, berberine and the like, but not so much about considering solubility to make the most effective mushroom medicine.  I personally think that's because a. folks get intimidated by the complexity (and weirdness) … Continue reading Preserving Mushroom Medicine