Weedy Medicine: A Closer Look at Chickweed

By |July 6th, 2015|

If you live in an area where it grows, you are probably familiar with chickweed (Stellaria media) as one of the “weeds” in your garden.  But as is true with many of our weeds, chickweed is also excellent medicine and food.  So if you are going to pull it out, make sure to use […]

Oregon Grape Root: Golden Healer of the West

By |June 16th, 2015|

Oregon Grape’s beautiful and fragrant yellow flowers and evergreen leaves have made it a popular ornamental and it can now be found outside its native range of western North America.  In addition to its beauty, the root of Oregon Grape is also a powerful medicinal.

There are over 70 species of Oregon Grape but Mahonia […]

The Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

By |June 10th, 2015|

Summer has arrived in the Pacific Northwest and with the higher temperatures more people can be seen running and cycling outside.  As the daylight hours increase, we will be more active and will need more energy throughout the summer months.  Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, Solanaceae family) is a perfect herbal medicine for the 21st century […]

To Snack Or Not To Snack? An Ayurvedic Perspective

By |June 3rd, 2015|

Let’s admit it, we’re a snacking culture. If one takes a cruise through any typical American grocery store, s/he will no doubt find aisle upon aisle of various nibbles and treats. Chips, cookies, granola bars, crackers, basically anything sweet, salty, and crunchy seems to constitute a good stand-in for a meal.  But, is a […]

Celebrating May With A Green Spring Tonic

By |May 15th, 2015|

May is the time to rejoice in the heart-opening beauty of spring. No wonder Mother’s Day comes at this time of year. In traditional Northern cultures, this is a time to celebrate fertility, Beltane, May Day, or Gale Day. Prevailing winds are gentler now and farmers watch seeds sprouting.

During May, take time to honor […]

The Benefits of Yerba Santa

By |April 29th, 2015|

I’ve always thought that California has a particular fragrance.  I grew up near the Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California and even though it’s been well over twenty years since I lived there, I can still vividly remember the smell: a subtle aromatic cacophony of all the fragrant plants growing in the hills — […]