Join me online & in person this winter for the Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine's personalized winter apprenticeship in Herbal Clinical Skills. This program is available online via live webinar and in person in Newfane, Vermont. Info here
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
Plant herbal allies to defend your family from bites and your garden from pests! Grow, harvest, and craft your own herbal bug spray, while using herbs as companion plants to protect your garden from pests. Insect bites are a warm weather plague, from black flies in spring through fall tick season. As climate change decimates … Continue reading Plant a Bug Spray Garden
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
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
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
Dr. Sharol Marie Tilgner’s Herbal ABC’s: the Foundation of Herbal Medicine was an absolute treat to read. Her tone is refreshingly humble for such an influential author, offering a vast body of experience without the pomp and circumstance that often accompanies a work this anticipated. Her previous book, Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the … Continue reading Review of “Herbal ABC’s,” Dr. Sharol Tilgner’s new Herbal!
The schedule has been updated for fall intensives at the Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine. We are happy to bring back the perennially popular Bark Harvest Intensive, as well as Advanced Tincture-Making (which will happen indoors due to the vagaries of November weather in Vermont). Click here for more info!
Nurturing at-risk plants is far easier than you think, whether you have acres of forest or a container garden on a fire escape. Start a botanical sanctuary in a pot in your yard! Guerrilla garden ginseng plants! Creating a project like this on a scale that makes sense in your life is attainable, reasonable, and … Continue reading Create Your Own Botanical Sanctuary: Learning from the Land
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