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 Let’s take a peek at some historical references and see what they have to say about the herbal…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…

How to Grow Spilanthes

How to Grow Spilanthes

Spilanthes acmella is an intriguing garden herb with unusual common names like buzz buttons, eyeball plant, and electric daisy. This herb is also known as Acmella oleoracea.  It’s actually very easy to grow Spilanthes and impress your friends and neighbors, and it’s a useful addition…

Remedy Herbal Documentary to Watch for Free!

Remedy Herbal Documentary to Watch for Free!

Have you heard about the new herbal documentary series, Remedy: Ancient Medicine for Modern Illness? They are airing the episodes for free for a limited time! You guys, I was a little skeptical when I signed up to watch this. I like documentaries, but I…

Why Studying Herbal History Makes Us Better Herbalists

Why Studying Herbal History Makes Us Better Herbalists

It might surprise you to discover that understanding herbal history is fundamental to functioning at an advanced level within herbalism – but this is absolutely true. Understanding the schools of thought and philosophy underpinning modern herbalism allows you to think critically about what you read…

Tips and Tasks for Your Fall Herb Garden

Tips and Tasks for Your Fall Herb Garden

​Herb gardening is all about timing and cycles. We have a zone 7 garden, and late summer and fall can be a bit of a slump in terms of harvesting. Generally, herbs harvested for their leaves are best harvested right before blooming. If you have…

Exploring Herbs + Sleep

Sleep is one of those things: if you are stressed you are probably not getting enough, and if you’re not getting enough you are probably feeling even more stressed. So I thought it might be good to give this topic it’s own day on the…

Exploring Herbs + Stress

Welcome to Day 21 of the 40 Day Herbalist Challenge! Today’s Challenge examines ways that herbs can be used as part of a natural approach to stress management. I hope you will forgive the lack of lovely pictures to go with today’s post. This past…

Nervine Herbs for Emotional Wellbeing

​Welcome to Day 20 of the #40 Day Herbalist Challenge. It’s hard to believe we are halfway through, but here we are! Today’s Challenge will be short and sweet, but it delves into the important topic of herbal nervines. Like adaptogens, bitters, nutritives, and tonic…

Using Tonic Herbs for Whole Body Balance

​Welcome to Day 19 of the 40 Day Herbalist Challenge! Today’s topic, tonic herbs, is one that can be fairly complex, but I’m going to explain the basics so you can do further research on your own if you like. You may already be familiar…