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Vital[ist] Lifestyle Interventions

We practice and teach Traditional Western Herbalism in the vitalist tradition. We believe that the strongest factor in healing is the body’s own spirit or vital force, and that if the spirit is well cared for and nourished, all illness and injury can be overcome from within. This means much of our work is focused…

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Grain-Free Granola!

Going grain-free often hurts most at breakfast – weekday mornings can be too busy for bacon and eggs, and we need something fast to grab for. How about granola and coconut milk! Nuts are not no-carb, but this recipe is low-carb, especially if you are careful to use unsweetened dried berries. I like Goji berries…

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Almond Meal Pancakes

Going grain-free but craving sweets? These pancakes come in low under the carb radar (not completely carb-free, but quite low). A tablespoon of good dark Grade B maple syrup only has 17g of carbs, plus good mineral content, so use plenty of ghee and a bit of maple and you can have your bacon, and…

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Weaving Our Way Fourward

An answer to the question: What is Traditional Western Herbalism? It is sometimes suggested, and often presumed, that the present practice of herbalism in the West is a matter of matching single herbs to individual ailments, in contrast to the better-known systematized forms of traditional medicine—TCM, Unani, Ayurveda, and so on—which emphasize constitutional assessments, individualized…

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Proud Mama

Yesterday when I picked my daughter up from school, she was telling me the story of a rather nasty looking cut on her leg that she got while she was at her dad’s house. She’d been climbing a tree with her neighbor-friend, a little girl one year older. Somehow she missed her footing on the…

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Spring Root Salad

It’s a liver tonic! It’s high in probiotic-friendly inulin! Not only that, it comes with its own probiotics! It’s crunchy and delicious! It’s exactly what you need this time of year! Last night I was craving something a little different, and this is what came out of it. It’s a good thing I made such…

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French Eggs – What to Eat for Breakfast!

A frequent recommendation we make is to cut back on carbs. Our current culture typically eats a very high percentage of the diet as carbohydrates, and just isn’t exercising (by which I actually mean, moving) enough. These two in combination is a sure path to insulin resistance – a root cause of so many modern…

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Herbal Relief from Seasonal Allergies

No matter what part of the country you’re in, it’s safe to say, spring has sprung! Although up here in the Northeast, we still have snow on the ground in shady areas, before long, thoughts will turn to stocking up on Kleenex. But there’s a lot you can do to prevent and relieve seasonal allergies!…

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Seaweed as Food and Medicine

In the summer of 2010, I went out to harvest kelp with Larch Hanson, who has been harvesting seaweed for the last 40 and more years up in WayNorth Maine, along with his son Jay and his apprentice, Micah Woodcock. We source all of our seaweed from Micah – AtlanticHoldfast.com

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Save the Whales, See an Herbalist!

When my daughter was three, she didn’t watch much media. She had two videos she enjoyed—Singing in the Rain, and Riverdance. One day she asked if there were more. We went to the local video store (a tiny little place on Main Street in the central Vermont village where we lived at the time), and…

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