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…

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…

5 Important Herbs for Lung Health

5 Important Herbs for Lung Health

It’s almost cold and flu season, and that means it’s a great time of year to discuss herbs for lung health! There are actually quite a few categories we could look at in this case. For today’s post, let’s examine some herbs that have a…

August Article in AromaCulture Magazine

August Article in AromaCulture Magazine

Have you heard of AromaCulture magazine? I am so impressed by this publication! It’s a great resource for the client-focused side of botanical wellness. I wrote an article about TCM and cardiovascular health for this month’s issue. One of the most interesting things to me…

Using Bee Balm for Emotional Wellness

Using Bee Balm for Emotional Wellness

Bee balm (Monarda didyma and M. fistulosa) is a beautiful garden plant with an affinity for the nervous system. It’s a wonderful herbal ally for lifting the spirits and supporting balanced moods. Read on to discover how to use bee balm for emotional wellness. Bee…

Allergy Season Problem Solving with Herbs

Allergy Season Problem Solving with Herbs

It’s easy to find lists of herbs for allergy season. Unfortunately, these lists generally miss the mark by focusing on a few generalized suggestions. Nettles, garlic, and turmeric are some of the most common candidates. However, there’s a much more effective way to approach allergy…

3 Uncommon Herbs for Seasonal Allergies

3 Uncommon Herbs for Seasonal Allergies

Trying to understand your options when it comes to herbs for seasonal allergies? It’s definitely that time of year again! Thankfully, there are several strong herbal allies standing by to offer support. But they probably aren’t the ones you’re thinking about. Garlic, nettles, and turmeric…

Exploring Herbs and Energy

Exploring Herbs and Energy

Everyone’s talking about adaptogens for energy, but they aren’t the full story when it comes to herbs for energy! Several types of herbs support energy and keep fatigue at bay. These include antioxidant rich, caffeine containing plants like guarana and yerba mate (and tea and…

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…