Katja Swift


Elderberry and Cytokine Storms

You may have read something on the internet somewhere about some study that was done, “proving” that Elderberry causes a cytokine storm. The most important…

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Thoughts on Decolonizing, or, How to be a Good Houseguest

A while back, a person who listens to our podcast wrote me a letter asking, more or less, how do we get through a day…

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Emergent Responder

The skills you need to be confident and prepared to care for yourself, your family, and your community in an emergency or post-disaster situation. 68…

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How to Pay for Herb School: Herbal Support Boxes!

Excited about the prospect of going to Herb School, but not sure how to pay for it? Why not crowd source your tuition? It’s not…

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Holiday Treats 2018

Here are some of the delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, soy/corn/other things-free treats I made for the holidays this year: Herbed Sugar Cookies Start with the recipe…

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Thinking Holistically Can Change The World

This is an email I just wrote to our Advanced Students. I read several different things this morning that came together in my mind as…

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Red Clover: Herb of the Week

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is this week’s herb of the week! Infused With Nutrients This red clover is growing right outside the Field’s Corner T…

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Reishi: Herb of the Week

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is actually a mushroom and not a plant – but hey, the way we define “herb”*, it definitely counts. Acclimate to Altitude…

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Yerba Mate: Herb of the Week

This week’s #herboftheweek is yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis)! A caffeine-bearing plant from South America, this is a particular friend for us “not-a-morning-person” people. Mindful Stimulation…

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Marshmallow: Herb of the Week

In honor of Clara, the awesome editor of our new book, this week marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) is our herb of the week! She was pregnant…

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Violet: Herb of the Week

Violet (Viola odorata) is one of the first plants up in the spring, and we’re always so happy to see it each year! Flower Art…

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White Pine: Herb of the Week

White pine is one of my very favorite herbal teas – it’s so delicious! “Like drinking a Christmas tree” might not sound super appealing, but…

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