All that man needs for health and healing has been provided by God in nature, the Challenge of science is to find it. (Paracelsus)

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Where does Echinacea come from?

By |May 6th, 2015|

Echinacea, common name ‘Purple Coneflower’, is a flowering plant from the Sunflower family. The plant is endemic, or native, to the Great Plains region of the United States. This showy perennial grows up to 25 inches in height. It evolved to occupy the upland, dry and rocky regions of central United States, east of the […]

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TerraVita Herbal Symposium of Southern California

By |March 3rd, 2015|

For the past 3 years I wanted to go to Terra Vita Herbal Symposium and this year I was able to make it happen. I wasn’t familiar with the location first, so it took me a little bit to find the Great Hall, but once I found it I was delighted to see many familiar […]


Howie Brounstein & Steven Yeager: Bitters, Digestion, and Oregon Grape

By |March 3rd, 2015|

Here is the first episode from the event with herbalists/botanists Howie and Steven. Learn how bitters can help promote healthy digestion in many situations, sing along to That Bloated Feeling, and enjoy their Oregon Grape tips and expertise!

Howie Brounstein has taught botany, herbalism, and wildcrafting extensively for decades, including at such herbal establishments as […]

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Beat Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) without antibiotics

By |May 20th, 2014|

My regimen to heal my stubborn UTIs with herbs

Unfortunately, herbs work slower than antibiotics, but they do work. This is my UTI herb regimen that I follow closely:

– UVA URSI tincture (3-4x 1 dropperful/day)
– GOLDENSEAL tincture (3-4x 1 dropperful/day)
– Large amounts of Chamomile tea (drink often) and lots of warm & nourishing soups.
– Propolis […]

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Medicinal Trees: meet the Peruvian Pepper Tree (Schinus molle)

By |May 5th, 2014|

I spent about a year wondering about this tree and finally had some time and looked it up. I was quite amazed by my findings, I did not expect it to have traditional and/or scientifically documented medicinal use. One of the nearby trees was damaged by a recent thunderstorm so I gathered some bark, leaves […]

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California Native Plants: Medicinal use of Monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus var. puniceus)

By |April 28th, 2014|

The Coast Miwok placed the crushed leaves on sores and burns. The roots have been used to treat fever, dysentery, diarrhea, and to curtail hemorrhages. The Pomo have used a decoction made from Sticky Monkey Flower to treat sore, bloodshot eyes which affected many of the men and women who lived in smoky, poorly ventilated […]

You Are The Earth

By |April 7th, 2014|

I invite you this spring to take some time to truly connect with the Earth. You are the Earth. Your bones are made out of particles that were once a part of mountains. Your cells are surrounded and penetrated by the ocean. The breath that moves through you once moved through […]

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Osha for respiratory and digestive health

By |March 26th, 2014|

Have you heard of Osha (Ligusticum porteri)? I have read a lot about it during the past years, but this is the first year for me to actually work with some fresh roots. It has a rather strong distinctive aroma and a spicy flavor that I really like, so working with it was fun. I […]

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Book review: Los Remedios (Traditional Herbal Remedies of the Southwest) by Michael Moore

By |March 24th, 2014|

The author, Michael Moore was a very influential medicinal herbalist, author of several reference works on botanical medicine, and founder of the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in New Mexico.

Los Remedios was written in 1977, based primarily on the herbal heritage of the early Spanish settlers and the Pueblo Indians. Each herb is listed […]

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Book review: The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter, and Tonic Plants by Guido Mase

By |November 19th, 2013|

Book review: The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter, and Tonic Plants by Guido Mase
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