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EVRY DAY YEAH: Herbal Tea for Workouts & Recovery

By Ryn Midura

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,…

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Elderberry and Cytokine Storms

By Katja Swift

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: If you are concerned, do not work with Elderberry. There are so many herbs in the world, and so many…

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

By Katja Swift

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…

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How to Pay for Herb School: Herbal Support Boxes!

By Katja Swift

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…

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Holiday Treats 2018

By Katja Swift

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…

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Milk Thistle: Herb of the Week

By Ryn Midura

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…

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Dandelion: Herb of the Week

By Ryn Midura

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…

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Prickly Ash: Herb of the Week

By Ryn Midura

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).…

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Thinking Holistically Can Change The World

By Katja Swift

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…

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Betony: Herb of the Week

By Ryn Midura

Wood betony is our Herb of the Week this time, and for this one you’ll want to make sure you check the botanical name, because there’s at least one other popular and important herb who goes by the common name “betony”. Which Betony? In this case, we’re referring to Stachys officinalis. (In some older texts…

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