Herbal Dreaming

It is through dreams that our subconscious mind communicates with our conscious mind. Herbs have been used for centuries to enhance dreaming and sleep. Scent is the most direct route to our minds and recollections. Traditionally, certain herbs have been used for specific purposes. Herbs can be combined and sewn into an herbal dream pillow […]

What’s So Special About Green Tea?

Health Benefits, Brewing & Varieties Green tea is much more than just a refreshing beverage tea; it provides many proven health benefits as well. The Chinese and Japanese have enjoyed green tea’s healing qualities for thousands of years but it hasn’t been until recently that scientific research has proven the health benefits of drinking green […]

Medicinal Plant’s At-Risk and To-Watch Lists

Pink Lady’s Slipper The mission statement for United Plant Savers (UpS) states: “United Plant Savers’ mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.” Their website is full of articles, news, images, events, links, […]

Wildcrafted vs Organic Herbs

Organic is always the best, right? As an herbalist, I have mixed views. First, let’s define the three different growing classifications for herbs. Commercial: These plants are farm raised, non-organically. Typically fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides are used. Produces nice, large plants, but laden with chemicals that have been absorbed into the plant. Why would we use these […]

Apple cider vinegar to the rescue!

Apple cider vinegar has amazing health and healing properties. The best type is organic, naturally brewed, unfiltered and unpasteurized versions of apple cider. Filtered, pasteurized vinegar does not have healing properties. The most recognized brand is Bragg’s, which is available in most health food stores. Natural apple cider vinegar should be a rich, brownish color and if held […]

Healing with Whole Foods

Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition (3rd Edition) by Paul Pitchford is by far one of the most comprehensive books on nutrition and healing. At 753 pages, it covers everything. Health and healing of the body involves all facets of the individual: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual; healing the whole, holistic. This book […]