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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1008, 2015
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Natural painkillers (part 1) – Corydalis for chronic pain (ie. arthritis)

By |August 10th, 2015|herbs, pain relief|0 Comments

Corydalis is a genus containing over 300 species of plants indigenous to many different parts of the world, most of which are known medicinally for their use in the treatment of pain and many which are cultivated in gardens for their pretty flowers and foliage. There are several species which are acceptable for use in Chinese medicine, including Corydalis turtschaninovii, C. repens, C. ambigua and C. glaucencens.


908, 2015
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YERBA MANSA (Anemopsis californica) | Ethnobotany & medicinal uses

By |August 9th, 2015|anti-inflammatory, herbs, inflammation, respiratory health, thyroid, uti|0 Comments

Anemopsis californica – Ethnobotany & medicinal uses

I learnt most about Yerba Mansa from Michael Cottingham, New Mexico based herbalist. He is working on a book dedicated entirely to Yerba Mansa. (Help him raise funds for the upcoming book discussing the Ethnobotany, history, medicinal uses, cultivation & conservation of Yerba Mansa.)

Michael Cottingham notes that one of […]

508, 2015
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Acute thyroiditis (thyroid inflammation) and herbs to relieve inflammation

By |August 5th, 2015|immune system, inflammation, thyroid|0 Comments

Acute thyroiditis (thyroid inflammation) and herbs to relieve inflammation

A couple of weeks ago I started to develop an acute thyroid inflammation. First I felt some pain around the lower left side of my neck, it wasn’t really bad, but it draw my attention to the thyroid area. After about 3 weeks the pain suddenly stopped […]

605, 2015

Where does Echinacea come from?

By |May 6th, 2015|guest articles, herbs, immune system|1 Comment

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 […]

303, 2015
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TerraVita Herbal Symposium of Southern California

By |March 3rd, 2015|general|0 Comments

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 […]

303, 2015

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

By |March 3rd, 2015|bitters, digestive health, herbalist|0 Comments

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 […]

2005, 2014
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Beat Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) without antibiotics

By |May 20th, 2014|uti|0 Comments

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 […]

505, 2014
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Medicinal Trees: meet the Peruvian Pepper Tree (Schinus molle)

By |May 5th, 2014|medicinal trees|0 Comments

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 […]

2804, 2014
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California Native Plants: Medicinal use of Monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus var. puniceus)

By |April 28th, 2014|California Native Plants|0 Comments

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 […]

704, 2014

You Are The Earth

By |April 7th, 2014|guest articles|0 Comments

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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