In East Africa there is no shortage of mysticism, rumor, and story surrounding herbal medicine. It brings both awe and fear- reports of magical healings and tales of terrible curses. In Tanzania, a country of over 150 tribes, medical traditions vary immensely across the country. I had been living in a Maasai region in northern […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In the middle of the Indian Ocean, 1000 miles off the coast of Kenya, lies the exotic archipelago of the Seychelles. Its largest island- Mahé- feels like a mountain range surging up from the sea, outlined decoratively with beautiful beaches. Moving inward from the stunning sea level means moving upward; zig-zag roads climb the mountains […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
For the past 6 months I have been living in Ololosokwan- a Maasai village in Northern Tanzania, immediately beside the Serengeti National Park and just below the border of Kenya. The fascinating traditions of the Maasai culture, plus the remote location of this village, create an environment that is otherworldly. The Maasai people are pastoralists- […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A couple of months ago I made an herbal root stew for my Farmacy Herbs “graduation potluck”. Everyone really liked it and one of my classmates asked me if I could post the recipe. Replying with an astounding “yes!”, I made a mental note to share the recipe soon. I see this particular person nearly […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I recently made some immune boosting herb balls for a brunch potluck and got rave reviews! They are very easy to make and, in my opinion, are the most delicious way of ingesting herbs! (Though this is really only the case for ground roots and powders- don’t want any leaves sticking out of them!) Here’s […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I haven’t shared some herbal info in a little while, so here I go with an overview of Catnip: Catnip is not just for cats! In fact it affects humans in quite the opposite way. A part of the mint family, it has a pleasant taste and is most well known for promoting restful sleep. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Burdock is a powerful medicinal herb, the root of the plant being used most commonly. It is revered for its blood purifying actions, but has a wide range of health benefits and it used to treat many ailments. It contains amino acids, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, vitamins B1, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Astragalus is a great tonic herb that is often used to support endocrine system function. It is an adaptogen, meaning that it increases the body’s resistance to stress. Because of its antioxidant properties and wide range of healing constituents, it is used to treat a wide variety of ailments. It is the roots of the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Today’s herb of the day: Alfalfa! Alfalfa is a tonic nervine, meaning that it nourishes the nervous system through its high vitamin and mineral content.1 The health benefits of nervines are most apparent when taken over long periods of time. They have a restorative, balancing effect, and are especially useful in combating stress. Alfalfa’s stunning […]Continue Reading... No Comments.