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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 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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Nettle: Herb of the Week

Nettle is one of the most-loved herbs – and there’s so much to love! For starters, Nettle is one of the most super of all the super foods. High in vitamins, minerals, even protein – Nettle is deeply nourishing. According to the USDA, “Nettle is probably one of the richest sources of minerals among plant…

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I Can’t Believe I’m Getting Braces

I recently told a friend that I’m getting braces and I thought she’d make some comment about how braces are for kids and I’m too old. Instead she said, “Wow! That’s a lot of progress for you! I never thought you’d ever do something like that!” Which made no sense to me, because, of course…

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Movement for People who Hate to Move

I LOVE Katy Bowman. Like, a lot. Like, I wish I could buy a house next-door to her so we could be besties. Instead, we live on opposite ends of the continent and have never met in person. Almost! I was a part of her very first become-a-practitioner online class, and I even had the…

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Don’t Just Stand There!

Standing desks are all the rage, and we love ours. Recently I’ve seen several Kickstarter campaigns for standing desk toys – things to stand on so that you’re not just standing on a flat boring surface. Flat boring surfaces are easy to vacuum, but they’re not so good for your feet. The feet are extremely…

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Movement Patterns and Heartburn

This is my very first article here on Commonwealth Herbs! To mark the occasion, I’ve decided to set a goal for myself. I love anatomy. I love anatomical relationships. If you get me going, I can talk forever. My goal here is to keep it fairly simple (as simple as talking about a piece of…

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Sit on the Floor!

When you take a class at the CommonWealth School of Herbal Medicine, like as not, you’ll sit on the floor. Oh, don’t worry, we have a table and even a “comfy chair” if you’re feeling squishy. But in general, we much prefer to have a seat on a cushion on the floor. Why? Like most…

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