A Beacon of Clarity from the Dentist Chair

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A Beacon of Clarity from the Dentist Chair

Today I had to take an emergency trip to my dentist because my permanent retainer, which has been annoying me for literally 20 years, finally came loose and they finally agreed to take it off. I've, not joking, been asking them to do this for the last five years and they always politely turn me down. Anyway, I'm bringing this back to herbalism, hold on...

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Kate Briggs On How to Stay Cold and Flu Free with Herbal Allies

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Kate Briggs On How to Stay Cold and Flu Free with Herbal Allies

Our friend Kate Briggs is an exceedingly humble herbalist with an incredible amount of knowledge. We interviewed her about how to avoid, deal with and get over the bugs that can accompany the change of seasons. She's a gem, Kate. And she really knows her shit.

1.What herbs and practices do you use to help you avoid getting colds and flus in the first place?

I'm all about medicinal mushrooms these days for supporting the immune system to help prevent sickness. The star players are reishi, shiitake, maitake, chaga, cordyceps, turkey tail and lion's mane but others are emerging...

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Nettle Pesto

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Nettle Pesto

There's a beloved but forgotten Hall and Oates song called, "Stung in the Spring." You can youtube it. They probably wrote it right about now, late February, when the Nettles are plentiful and beautiful. These generous stands of Springtime medicine are the a Northwest wildcrafting delight.

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Breaking Up With Nonfat Milk

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Breaking Up With Nonfat Milk

WHY WE ARE NOT FRIENDS WITH NONFAT MILK, AND OTHER THOUGHTS ON EATING FAT

An Interview with Becca Stott, Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

Becca is one of those rare healers who has devoted the last 20 years of her life to rigorously sorting the true alternative health advice from the fad health crazes. She is grounded in the Chinese Medical Model, but has a long history with Western Herbs and nourishing culinary traditions from around the world. So, we picked her brain about the pin-in-your-panties topic to which we all can relate: fat. Here’s what she had to say:

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Open Your Heart and Fight the Loneliness

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Open Your Heart and Fight the Loneliness

The final conclusion was that the people of Rossetto lived longer and had half the rate of heart disease because no one was lonely. After work they often stopped by a friend or family member’s house with no prior appointment. This would be done over a shared meal and some wine, but it would not be long before another person would join – their “open door” policy welcomed everyone. Although they were heavy smokers and wine drinkers, they also worked long and demanding days. The women worked at a blouse factory and the men worked in the rock quarry. What is most important to take away from this though...

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For Such A Short Time

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For Such A Short Time

For my birthday, Jeny Rae gave me this poem by Tyler Knott Gregson. I'm re-gifting it to you:

For such a short time we are here, gifted years by silent explosions in the deep nothing of space. We are the star-dusted blips on the timeline of all things, half of a half of a blink in the history of it all. While we are here we have a choice on how to tumble through our time...

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Five Minute Miracle

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Five Minute Miracle

In the Chinese Five Element System Winter corresponds to our nervous systems, so it is a wonderful time to nourish the nerves. There are plenty of herbs that aid in this process, but one of the best ways to keep the nervous system calm and contented is by focusing on the breath. I know, I know. You've read that on magnets and Oprah magazine articles for years now. So have I, and I still wasn't meditating. But recently, I learned of a simple meditation that is applicable to even my busiest, least meditation savvy days. It has changed my brain and I want you to try it.

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Hawthorne Heart Cure and Honey Recipe

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Hawthorne Heart Cure and Honey Recipe

Herbalism's Heart Tonic: Everybody Be Friends with the Queen of the Woods

...But, listen, we don’t need to know exactly how and why hawthorne helps to heal heartbreak. All we need to know is that it does, and it has, for thousands of years. If you are feeling shitty, and you start taking hawthorne every day, taking a bath in it, collecting some, making some hawthorne honey, your heart will start to mend. And, here is the very magic part, you will start getting help in other ways too. These plants are beings, bro. They want to help a sister out. By imbibing them, you pray to them and, usually, I mean not every GD time, they answer your call...

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