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Free Medicinal Plant Walk in April

Join the Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine for a Free Medicinal Plant Walk Sunday, April 28, 1 to 1:30 PM in Brattleboro Celebrate spring with a calm amble to meet the medicinal weeds of spring in Brattleboro.  We will discuss how to find them, medicinal uses, preparations, and safety concerns.  Children are welcome. … Continue reading Free Medicinal Plant Walk in April

POC & Abenaki Scholarships

Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine gratefully acknowledges that modern herbalism rests squarely on the shoulders of many generations of black and brown herbalists.  It is a facet of institutionalized white supremacy that the public face of herbalism in this country is a white one, belying the absolutely essential tradition of herbalists from communities … Continue reading POC & Abenaki Scholarships

Ethical Wildcrafting Principles

Ethical Wildcrafting Principles Ethical wildcrafting is the practice of harvesting plants and trees conscientiously, to avoid damaging the health of the population or the overall ecological system. It’s especially important for trees because if you don’t harvest bark properly, you’ll kill the tree, which is like killing a chicken for the eggs (also true for … Continue reading Ethical Wildcrafting Principles

School of Plant Medicine Registration Open

Sign up now for Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine Courses! The Home Medicine Maker, Home Herbalist, and Medicinal Gardener Courses start in May.  As of today, there are 8 spots left in the Home Medicine Maker Course, and 9 in each of the others; these courses are open enrollment. The Traditional Apprenticeship starts … Continue reading School of Plant Medicine Registration Open

Plant a Bug Spray Garden

Check out my new article in Heirloom Gardener Magazine, a publication of Mother Earth News! Plant a Bug Spray Garden: Plant herbal allies to defend your family from bites and your garden from pests Here's more information on Herbal Infused Oils Here's a bunch of things about Herbal Gardening Let me know what you think!

Good Medicine Confluence 2019

Join me in gorgeous Durango, CO, May 15-19 for one of the best, most unique herbal gatherings in the country! I’m so excited to be teaching three classes: Birth Trauma: Healing with Herbs Essential Herbs for Toddlers and their Families Botanical Sanctuary: Learning from the Land, Teaching from the Land I’m so thrilled to be … Continue reading Good Medicine Confluence 2019

Registered Herbalist!

Big news!  I'm honored to announce my acceptance into the American Herbalists Guild as a peer-reviewed Registered Herbalist, the highest level of credentialing available to herbalists in the US.  I look forward to participating in all the opportunities for professional development afforded by this honor, as well as expanding clinical hours for long-distance clients, and … Continue reading Registered Herbalist!

Infused Herbal Oils

Infused Herbal Oils Uses & Sample Formulas Muscle rub & massage oil: warm oil before using. Willow, arnica, Solomon’s seal, cayenne for pain; rose & damiana for love. Decongestant: add to a bath or to boiling water as a steam. Eucalyptus, cayenne, goldenrod, yarrow, thyme. Skin soother: for chronic conditions like eczema and psoriasis, or … Continue reading Infused Herbal Oils

Herbal Ice Pops for Sick Kids

Herbal ice pops are a great variation on the infused ice cube theme, specifically helpful with the cranky toddler and kid crowd. This is a great anti-dehydration remedy, as well as a tasty, fun treat that makes it easier to get herbs into sick kids. Make a strong infusion or decoction (instructions). Sweeten generously with … Continue reading Herbal Ice Pops for Sick Kids

Frozen Yogurt Infusions: Toddler Magic

Turn infusions and decoctions into delicious, fun remedies that go down easy!  Frozen yogurt infusions are a fantastic trick to get medicine into kids who don't eat when things go awry, and they're especially nice for kids prone to tummy trouble.   Make strong tea out of your choice of herbs, using either the infusion … Continue reading Frozen Yogurt Infusions: Toddler Magic