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

Critical Thinking for Contraindications

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

Birth Trauma: Healing with Herbs

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

Essential Herbs for Toddlers & Young Children

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. Caring … Continue reading Essential Herbs for Toddlers & Young Children

How to Choose Safe, Effective Herbal Remedies for Toddlers & Young Children

Caring for our own children is the entry point into herbalism for many of us, inspired by the awe of a new life to look for safe, natural, inexpensive means of nurture. Home herbalism is who we are and how our families work, healing practiced around the kitchen table around the world and across the … Continue reading How to Choose Safe, Effective Herbal Remedies for Toddlers & Young Children

Choosing Remedy Forms for Toddlers and Young Children

Caring for our own children is the entry point into herbalism for many of us, inspired by the awe of a new life to look for safe, natural, inexpensive means of nurture. Home herbalism is who we are and how our families work, healing practiced around the kitchen table around the world and across the … Continue reading Choosing Remedy Forms for Toddlers and Young Children

Indispensable Preparations for Toddlers and Young Children

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. Caring … Continue reading Indispensable Preparations for Toddlers and Young Children

Oxymels: Love in the Medicine

Oxymels: Love in the Medicine Oxymels are one of my absolute favorite remedy forms.  There's something about the sweet tang of an oxymel that seems to embody the love and heartfelt good wishes of the medicine maker, as well as the complexities of caring for each other.  They are delicious, versatile, high in a wide … Continue reading Oxymels: Love in the Medicine

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