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.
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.
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.
I know what you’re thinking…you’re supposed to be the FOOD digger! Where’s the food? Where’s the recipes? Where the wacky but also very healthy food experiments?!? Well, to answer your thoughts, I am in the midst of a detoxifying cleansing process. I have never done a detox cleanse before, which is part of my decision […]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.