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 for the spread of the virus in the U.S. This…

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 know it initially sent me running back to my books…

A Review of The Modern Herbal Dispensatory

The Modern Herbal Dispensatory by Thomas Easley and Steven Horne is a valuable addition to any herbal home library. It’s especially useful for home herbalists interested in taking their DIY home apothecary skills to the next level. What’s Inside The Modern Herbal Dispensatory Did you enjoy A Modern Medicine Maker’s Handbook by James Green? Then…

What You Really Need to Know About Herbal Antibiotics

You’ve probably seen lists like “Top (you name the number) Antibiotic Herbs” or “X Number of Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics”  in magazines and online that talk about the antibiotic properties of plants. I hate to burst your bubble, but the place where bacterial infection and herbalism intersect isn’t that simple. There’s a mindset that keeps…

Four Nervine Herbs For Emotional Support

Many herbs are useful for emotional support during and after stressful events and emergencies. Essentially, herbs for these types of situation all come from the same category: nervine herbs. Lavender, linden, rose, skullcap, motherwort, valerian, passionflower, and lemon balm are all examples of nervine herbs. Four of my favorites are rose, hawthorn, angelica, and albizia. Read…