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How My Perspective on Pandemic Herbalism Shifted

How My Perspective on Pandemic Herbalism Shifted

The coronovirus pandemic changed so much overnight. I’ve always been a very goal oriented, follow your dreams, stay true to personal values type of person. Mainly, this pandemic has given me room through furlough to pivot and clarify my purpose. But my perspective on herbalism,…

Learning Herbalism with Matthew Wood

Learning Herbalism with Matthew Wood

  My own path as an herbalist is one of constant evolution and growth. Learning herbalism is a lifelong journey! Even after fifteen years of study, there are new plants to learn, new assessment skills to master, and new frameworks to explore. I love challenging…

Peony Root and the Immune System

Peony Root and the Immune System

I’ve written several posts about peony here on IndieHerbalist. With the continuing pandemic, it’s actually a perfect time to revisit this lovely garden flower from an herbal perspective. Despite masquerading as a garden flower, there’s actually a strong traditional link between peony root and the…

Social Media for Herbal Bloggers

Social Media for Herbal Bloggers

Has the coronavirus pandemic impacted your employment options? I know it has mine! Even though I work online as an herbal blogger and freelance writer, I typically work as a pastry cook for my day job and write on my days off. We have all…

Tips and Tricks for Giving Herbs to Dogs

Tips and Tricks for Giving Herbs to Dogs

Just like people, dogs can benefit from the supportive, healthful nature of many herbs. Herbs for dogs can be used as powders, herbal extracts, herbal glycerites, or as teas. Giving herbs to dogs can be a bit stressful for owners, though. After all, your dog might…

Coronavirus, Herbalism, and Pandemic Preparedness

Coronavirus, Herbalism, and Pandemic Preparedness

I’ve been watching the news about the new coronavirus, Covid-19, very carefully. I’m sure many of you have been as well! It’s taken me a while to sift through the information and get my thoughts together. However, yesterday officials warned that Americans need to prepare…

Is Elderberry Safe? Elderberry and the Immune System

Is Elderberry Safe? Elderberry and the Immune System

I recently saw an article about elderberry making the rounds online. It’s called “When Not to Use Elderberry: Using a Little Discernment.” If you read it, you may be left wondering, “Wait. . . Is elderberry safe during pregnancy? Is elderberry safe during flu?” I…

Indie Herbalist Newsletter for February 2020!

Indie Herbalist Newsletter for February 2020!

Hello Friends, I’ve been working hard behind the scenes but haven’t been sending out regular newsletters. You should receive this one in your mailboxes sometime today or tomorrow. There’s lots to catch everyone up about, so let’s jump right in! I’ve been: working on the…

Historic and Modern Herbal Uses for Ivy

Historic and Modern Herbal Uses for Ivy

Hedera helix, or common ivy, is a familiar ornamental plant in modern households and gardens. It’s herbal history, on the other hand, has been all but forgotten! Let’s take a peek at some historical references and see what they have to say about the herbal…

The Best Time to Harvest Spilanthes

The Best Time to Harvest Spilanthes

This year, I grew Spilanthes acmella (aka Acmella oleoracea) for the first time. That was the easy part. The tricky part was figuring out the best time to harvest Spilanthes! The flowers are the best part of Spilanthes to harvest if you’re interested in making…