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

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

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

High Summer Apprentice Program

Have you wanted to do our in-depth apprenticeship, but lacked the ability to commit to the whole six months? This is a shortened version of our traditional apprentice program, intended to accommodate those with schedules that can be flexible over shorter periods, like teachers and students. The shortened apprenticeship runs Mondays plus 1 weekend a month … Continue reading High Summer Apprentice Program

Folkloric Tinctures and Infused Vinegars

This article is part of the series “Basic Recipes for Kitchen Witches,” which is in response to students’ requests for me to post recipes online.  The goal of these articles is to give you the how-to-ness, the essential mechanics of creation,  as a basis for your own future creativity.  You can let your little light … Continue reading Folkloric Tinctures and Infused Vinegars