What’s In A Rose?

By |February 11th, 2016|

It’s hard to find another flower that has captured hearts and minds more than rose (Rosa spp.). It has inspired mystics and poets alike and has been revered for thousands of years for its fragrance and beauty.  It is known as the Queen of Flowers and was believed beloved by Venus and Aphrodite and […]

Herbal Aphrodisiacs

By |February 2nd, 2016|

Valentine’s Day is a great time to explore the sexy side of herbs.  Herbal aphrodisiacs, or herbs known to heighten and increase sexual desire, have been around for thousands of years and every culture has their favorite. Aphrodisiacs not only increase libido but they also often nourish the nervous system and increase overall energy […]

Cacao for Health: 2 Recipes

By |January 24th, 2016|

When I think of chocolate, I picture rich and creamy dark chocolate bars from equatorial climates all over the world. Chocolate makes a great addition to savory dishes as well, such as the mole poblano sauce I enjoyed while living in Ecuador. As this precious fermented food becomes more globally available, I remember my grandfather, […]

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.  According to many traditions, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, Solanaceae family) is a perfect herbal support […]