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 […]

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 […]

The Art of Blending Herbal Teas

A rewarding and enjoyable artistic outlet Art is defined as “the quality, production, expression, or realm of what is beautiful, or of more than ordinary significance.” A finely blended herbal tea can be just that; a colorful blend of herbs, varying textures, contrasting and complimenting flavors to create an extraordinary cup of tea. With a […]