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Now that i have your attention – don’t worry – i don’t mean stop studying forever!! Studying is really important – you can’t be an herbalist just on vibes. But study time isn’t the only thing you need… Let me explain, in three vignettes: 1. Fallow Fields Even early farmers understood that soil can’t…Read More
This is a formula I’ve come to rely on when I have a big physical challenge to get through. I developed it in preparation for the MovNat Level 3 Certification course I took last year, and it sustained me throughout. I made up another batch before our last big move from one apartment to another,…Read More
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 answer that i can give you to this concern is this: If you are concerned, do not work with Elderberry. There are so many herbs in the world, helpful in…Read More
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 as herbalists in this crappy system(s) that we are living in, and how do we do the most good where we are? They were thinking about colonization and racism and…Read More
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 just a great way to raise funds, but it’s also an excellent study tool! Imagine it like this: You’re going to school to learn all about herbs, how to work…Read More
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 for the Ginger-Chamomile cookies. Instead of Ginger and Chamomile, powder white pine needles. Add 1 tablespoon at a time and taste – the flavor will come through a little more…Read More
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is one of the simplest herbs to work with, and one of the safest. It’s an excellent herb for beginners to work with, and at the same time it’s one we continue to turn to in our clinical practice, even for very complex cases. Safe and Simple Most herbs don’t work…Read More
Oh, the dandelions! One of our earliest flowers and one of the last to hang on at the end of the season, dandelions (Taraxacum spp.) are with us for most of the year here in New England. They’re cosmopolitan, human-following plants, found all over the world. They’re weeds – that is to say, resilient and…Read More
The southern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis) and the eastern prickly ash (Z. americanum) are relatives of the Sichuan hot pepper (Z. simulans, Z. bungeanum). This is a spice, by the way, that is safe for people with nightshade allergies, who shouldn’t consume cayenne or other hot peppers which are in the nightshade family (the Solanaceae).…Read More
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 an illustration of holistic herbalism, and it got me really inspired. When I get inspired, I naturally want to share it with our students, and since this kind of holistic…Read More
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