Waiting to Sleep

Sleep isn’t always something that comes easily. Insomnia is one of the most common symptoms I see in my clients, even if it is not the problem they came in for. But there are many herbs that can help with sleep, and not just sedatives either. There are

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Time for Bark Harvest

I just got back from the woods, where the apprentices and I harvested Wood Betony flowering herb (Pedicularis canadensis) and Witch Hazel twigs and leaves (Hamamelis virginiana). And so begins my 2015 wildcrafting season, and on May Day no less! (or Beltaine in Gaelic.) What a way

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Spring Harvest: Nettles

This is the best time of year for so many wild greens. My other favorite with Chickweed (see last blog) is Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica). The badass, leather jacket-wearing, don’t-mess-with-me weed of wet places across the U.S. The dark green of the leaves communicates the wealth of

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Spring Wild Greens

I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here in WNC early spring has arrived! This warm, wet weather means the spring ephemerals like Toothwort, Dutchman’s Breeches, and Spring Beauty are coming soon, and the beautiful Bloodroot flowers are beginning to cover hillsides (picture on

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Heart Opening in the Thick of Winter

We have turned the corner of winter. We have passed February 1st and call it Groundhog Day, Candlemas, or Imbolc, the cold months are half over. But how is your patience with the darkness? Things are beginning to pick up in anticipation of spring-time, crocus and daffodils

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How to Choose the Right Herb

It’s a common enough situation for those just learning herbal medicine. Look up a disease or a symptom in a book and there’s a laundry list of herbs. How do you know which herb is going to be best? It can be confusing for a beginner, but

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Healing Broken Bones

Healing from a Broken Bone You would think that breaking my first bone at age 45, I would at least have an interesting story to tell. Having scrambled up trees after shelf mushrooms, hopped across slippery rocks in fast-moving streams, jumped from boulder to boulder, and hiked many

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Wild Times with Wild Foods of Summer

Many people see spring as the ultimate time for wild food, with tender greens like chickweed and violets and cooked greens like fresh young nettles. But there are plenty of wild edibles this time of the year, too. You just need to know what to look for!

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Spring Cleansing by Christophe Bernard

It is 5 am on this cold Saturday morning of October 1983. My grandpa tiptoes into my bedroom and gently rubs my back. A whisper: « wake up kiddo, it’s time ». I groan and moan and whine, trying to shake-off that pre-teenage torpor. I get dressed

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Healthy Spring

For those of us in the South, the weather is finally starting to warm up after one of our coldest winters in years. Wherever you are in the country, your body is getting ready for summer already, and there is a lot you can do to stay healthy and

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