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 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.
Last night was the last day of my Level 1 HEAT Class (Herbal Education and Training) at Farmacy Herbs! We each presented our final projects: an herb chart detailing 19 different herbs- their actions, body systems they support, where they grow, how they are prepared, their contraindications, and what they are used to treat. We […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In my most recent class at Farmacy Herbs, we watched a video called Herbal Actions where English herbalist David Hoffmann explains the various actions of herbs (what they do in the body). David is clearly an extremely experienced herbalist and does a fantastic job explaining the relationship between pharmacology and herbalism. This video prompted me […]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 and the immube system. 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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 array of vitamins and minerals […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
One of my favorite podcasts is An Organic Conversation. The show is hosted by food advocate Helge Hellberg, produce expert Mark Mulcahy, and holistic chef Sitarani Palomar. They discuss a range of topics on health, food, ecology, and sustainability. They also feature an informative segment exploring “whats in season?” (They are based in California, but […]Continue Reading... No Comments.