Here are some common herbs that are gentle enough for regular use and offer support to immune and lung health, as well as being some combo of antiviral, anti-inflammatory, nervine, adaptogen, and lymphagogue.
Here are some of my family's favorite herbs for cold & flu, upper respiratory infection, and other respiratory illnesses.
Here are some troubleshooting tips for that perennial problem: the herbs in your carefully calculated tincture won't stay under the alcohol.
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
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
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
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
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!
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