Back to School; Herbs for Healthy Kids

It’s August.  The hottest days of summer are upon us and the kids have settled into a new routine of lazy mornings and days full of endless possibilities.   August also reminds us, everywhere we look, that the return to school is just around the corner. If your kids are anything like mine, this results…

Holy Basil (Tulsi) Recipe Roundup

At this point in the summer, you might find yourself with an overabundant harvest of the lovely Tulsi! Here’s some ideas to help inspire you with new ways to use it. Tulsi is also known as Holy Basil, which is not the same as Thai Basil. Tulsi is typically used in Thai cooking so that’s…

Herbal Support for Birth Preparation 

With about 40 days to go until the due date of my first child, I have been assembling the herbal remedies I plan to use for labor, delivery and recovery. It’s an exciting time for my husband and I as we’re looking forward to embarking on the adventure of parenthood, but it’s also not without…

The Quest For More Sleep: How Herbs Can Help

As a mom, I hover over and around good sleep. Always tuned in for that cry or whisper in the night, for any possibility of impending disaster that requires me to be always semi alert and ready to jump up in a moment’s notice. Parents totally understand this state – you look asleep, you’re in…

Spruce Tips (Recipe Roundup)

I’ve been seeing so many pictures of people on Instagram harvesting the bright green tips of conifer trees. I was beginning to think my spruce tree was defective because I still hadn’t see anything on mine! But today when I walked outside, I noticed that there’s finally some young tips I can harvest. But what…

The Healing Powers of Comfrey

As I’ve been completing my studies with The Herbal Academy, my knowledge of herbs and repertoire of herbal recipes are ever expanding. Comfrey (as well as plantain, but more on that in a later post) is one such herb I have been introduced to during my studies and has quickly become a top go-to healing…

Best Ayurvedic Herbs To Incorporate Into Daily Life

Ayurveda is best understood as a way of life. But that does not prevent us from applying its basic principles to your everyday life, in order to benefit from them. Each and every herb in Ayurvedic herbology has a multitude of benefits – for the mind, body, and spirit. Herbs can be used internally or…

Dandelion – A Backyard Powerhouse!

As kids we probably all remember running through the grass and stopping to pick the little yellow flowers in spring that by summer’s end became magical wish filled puffs of white.  Yep I’m talking about the dandelion, since it’s bright yellow peeks out at me practically everywhere I go these spring days.  Besides being a…

How To Use Up Nettles (Recipe Roundup Series)

Oftentimes when we’re faced with an abundance of an herb (like stinging nettles in spring), it’s hard to think of how to use it all up beyond the usual teas, tinctures, and salves. My new recipe roundup series will showcase an herb or a type of dish and a bunch of great ideas for incorporating…

Ancestral intuition; The use of sensory recognition in herbal medicine.

Generation after generation knowledge and experiences with herbs and other beings have been passed down. Thousands of years of learning and observing. The application of these teachings and what has yet to be learned, on a person to person basis, can come from ones own experiences and use of the senses.

A Close-Up On Nettle

In my “neck of the woods” (the California foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range), I know spring is right around the corner when tiny nettle leaves start sprouting up through the snow. They’re easy to spot with their ridged ovate leaves and unmistakably prickly hairs that cover both the stems and leaves. Nettle…