Artist conk; The Ancient Reishi Part 2

  The sustainable harvesting of Ganoderma applanatum, as I mentioned in the previous part of this series, is in my opinion of utmost importance for not only the future of harvesting but for ecological balance as well. If you have read “Artist conk; The Ancient Reishi part 1” you will remember me presenting the question…

Astrological Agriculture Part 2: Planting by the Zodiac

In my last article, I looked at how planting and harvest according to the phases of the moon can affect plant growth and the quality and quantity of our plant harvests.  In part 2 I am going to delve deeper into the world of astrology and agriculture by considering the effect the constellations can have…

Grab n Go Stress Busters

Last week was nuts… with an injury and multiple appointments on top of an already busy schedule I could feel myself being pulled away from my usual healthy habits and routines.  All of the mammas out there can attest to the fact that we take a backseat to everyone else when the schedule gets crazy….

Seed Dreaming

Come dream with me. Back a bit, back beyond Kew Gardens, the Doctrine of Signatures, and the Victorian Language of Flowers. Before the Tulip Craze and the Opium Poppy Trade. Before the Nile Delta was strewn with lotus and papyrus. Before the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Before the first seeds were cultivated in the Fertile…

Herbal First Aid in Traditional Rural Corfu

There was a time, not so far away from our days, that people had to deal with accidents with what they had learned from their family elders. Traditional knowledge was based on healing thy self with plants that were growing around the place people used to live. Community healers were the people that would try…

Artist Conk: The Ancient Reishi (Part 1)

Opening note: I want to clarify something before I get started, I simply want to point out that there are several different names for Artist conk and I will be using many of them interchangeably throughout this series. When I reference Ancient Reishi, Ancient Ling zhi, Ganoderma applanatum, or Artist conk I am referring to…

Heart Happy Herbs

It’s February.  Officially the month of all things LOVE.  So this week I’m sharing a quick look at a few herbs for a happy heart! Herbs have been used for centuries as therapy for heart conditions.   The following are just a few that can help your heart to function more efficiently, reduce your cholesterol, and…

Herbal Cold Care Kit

We’re nearing the end of cold season but it’s never too late to start planning a herbal cold care kit for next time. I’ve been sick twice already and of course I was unprepared both times. I swear I’ve learned my lesson and to prove it, I’m making a list of things to gather and prepare…

NATURE’S REMEDY FOR STRESS: ADAPTOGENS

I recently had a well overdue tea date with a friend.  We have been trying to coordinate doing this for weeks but came up against the same busy wall each time we tried.  Kids, sports and other extra curricular activities, work, house renovations, holidays, etc… all these things pile up on a daily basis and…

Astrological Agriculture Part 1: Lunar Gardening

The phases of the moon are intertwined with folklore, ritual and tradition.  In the world of herbalism, creating altars, setting out vessels of water to charge under the full moon and medicine making are just some of those monthly rituals and traditions.  But what about planting and harvesting our herbs following this lunar cycle? As…

Agliada, a dish for good health and longevity

  In a self-sustainable community where people have to deal with illness with whatever they have available by foraging or producing themselves, prevention is the best mean for health and longevity. Prevention of illness and good health are deeply rooted in our daily food and our dietary habits. All of my grandparents left this world…