Cacao: Food Of The Gods

By |February 2nd, 2020|

The scientific name for cacao, Theobroma cacao, means “food of the gods” (from the Greek “theo,” meaning god, and “broma,” meaning food). The cacao tree, also called Madre Cacao, was a significant plant to the Maya, Aztec, and Olmec people. The Maya gathered once a year to give thanks to their Cacao God Ek […]

An Introduction to Energetics

By |January 27th, 2020|

The term Energetics can seem like a difficult and confusing concept. We tend to overthink it. Basically, in herbalism, energetics is the answer to the question, “How are you feeling?” And to peel back the “How are you feeling?” question another layer: “What are you feeling in your body?”

Additional questions might include:

*Are you experiencing […]

Angelica

By |January 2nd, 2020|

As the legend goes, angelica was revealed to a fourteenth-century monk by the Archangel Michael as a plant that could help ward off the plague. This legend inspired the plant’s botanical name, Angelica archangelica. Angelica has been celebrated for many centuries for its multitude of uses.
Angelica is a pleasantly aromatic herb that sets […]

Elecampane Will the Spirit Sustain

By |December 2nd, 2019|

There’s an old Latin phrase “Enula campana reddit praecordia sana” which means “Elecampane will the spirits sustain,” which is understood to refer to the plant’s gently warming and restorative tonic properties. Botanist Sir John Hill wrote that “hardly any plant has more virtues.” For many cold, stuck conditions creating excess of waste or moisture, […]

Crampbark

By |November 5th, 2019|

Crampbark is native to eastern North America and Europe. The deciduous shrub has lobed leaves, white flowers and red oval berries. It prefers to grow in woodlands and thickets on moist and moderately alkaline soil. Bark from the branches can be gathered in spring and summer when the plant is flowering.
Other common names for […]

Blue Vervain

By |October 29th, 2019|

There are many Verbena spp. that have been used throughout the world for centuries. Many of these species have been used interchangeably. In Europe, Verbena officinalis was most commonly used. Many herbalists believe that Verbena hastata, or blue vervain, can be used in a similar way
The Verbena species as a whole has a colorful […]