Herbal Pet Care

Just as we use herbs to enhance our lives, we can do the same for our four-legged family members - our pets. A growing number of veterinarians take a holistic approach to health care for animals, and that includes the use of herbs to promote wellness and increase the quality and length of our pet's … Continue reading Herbal Pet Care

Dandelion, A Common Garden Herb

Taraxacum officinale Also, Known As: Blow Ball Cankerwort Dandelion Lion's Tooth Pissabed Priest's-crown Puff Ball Pu Gong Ying Pu-kung-ying Swine Snout Telltime White Endive Wild Endive The dandelion is a common garden herb, with easily recognized flowers. During the spring season, the leaves and the root of the dandelion begin to produce mannitol, which is … Continue reading Dandelion, A Common Garden Herb

Connecting Our Children With Nature

We love seeing a child’s eyes light up with a sense of wonder. It’s there when they find a strange bug in the garden or learn how to climb a tree. Or when they’re asking an endless stream of questions that leave us curious about our own responses. Connection to nature often starts with this … Continue reading Connecting Our Children With Nature

Boost Your Juice With Herbs

Have you ever cracked open a fresh aloe plant and watched it ooze a clear, sticky gel? This is one of the earth’s natural juices that can be scraped from the inner plant and used externally to soothe inflamed skin.* Humans have been juicing plants for hundreds of years, traditionally by mashing them or with … Continue reading Boost Your Juice With Herbs

Springtime Herbs To Have On Hand

Traditionally, the days around the Vernal Equinox (mid to late March) and the month(s) after it was seen as a time of intense, rushing energy: days get longer and the sunlight more intense, the first signs of green growth emerge, and wildlife stirs again. Herbalists still consider this a time when the more inward, ‘congealing’ energies of Winter begin … Continue reading Springtime Herbs To Have On Hand

Exercise and Herbs

While the active season of summer may be coming to a close, fall entices many sports enthusiasts to run, bike, hike, and train when cooler weather presides. Of course, a successful workout requires adequate fuel and self-care to reduce the risk of injury and make for an enjoyable experience. So we look to herbs to help … Continue reading Exercise and Herbs

Health Benefits of Bitters

Including bitter foods in the diet isn’t simply a matter of reviving tradition or taste — bitter-flavored foods have a history of healing. From the wine-infused herbal concoctions used by ancient Egyptians to the 16th-century prescriptions of famous physician Paracelsus, elixirs brewed from carefully selected bitter herbs have been treasured as helpful remedies throughout the … Continue reading Health Benefits of Bitters