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,…

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…

A Review of The Modern Herbal Dispensatory

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…

How Many Herbs to Choose for an Herbal Formula

How Many Herbs to Choose for an Herbal Formula

How many herbs to choose for an herbal formula is a common question for home herbalists. Read on for some things to consider as you create your next herbal blend. Probably the biggest problem with creating herbal formulations is the temptation to use too many…

What’s in My Everyday Carry Herbal First Aid Kit

What’s in My Everyday Carry Herbal First Aid Kit

Have you ever thought about building an herbal first aid kit, but weren’t sure where to begin? An everyday carry herbal first aid kit can be a great place to start! My perspective on preparedness comes from living in rural areas combined with my love…

The Earthwise Herbal Repertory for Home Herbalists

The Earthwise Herbal Repertory for Home Herbalists

This is part of a series about my home herbalist library. Having a large selection of reliable, accurate books is vital for learning herbalism. Take a peek at my full library here, and read on to learn more about The Earthwise Herbal Repertory! I think…

What You Really Need to Know About Herbal Antibiotics

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…

Peony for Emergency Preparedness

Peony for Emergency Preparedness

Peony for emergency preparedness? Peony for herbal first aid? Surely not! I can hear you laughing as you think about it. It’s just a pretty garden flower, right? Read on, and you might be surprised at the versatile ways peony supports health. When I highlight…

Four Nervine Herbs For Emotional Support

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…