The Gut and Immune Connection

by Aisling Badger September 21, 2020

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You may have heard about the gut-brain connection and that the health of our bellies has an impact on our moods, but what about the gut's role in the health of our immune system? 

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August Things We Love

by Aisling Badger August 15, 2020

August things we love

August is all about slowing down to be present and savor the fleeting summer. Produce is at its peak, and the garden has become a bit wilder as we tend to weed less to try and keep up with the never-ending supply of vegetables. We’ve been busy preserving food, processing herbs, and indulging in outdoor meals.

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Seaside Herbs

by Guido Masé August 13, 2020

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If you live close by the sea, consider yourself lucky. Even if it’s a few hours away, a visit to the coast is worth it: facing the waves and the horizon line, you can feel enveloped by water, lost for a while, ready to embark on journeys far away. This flowing, primal element--undeniable in its vast presence--can bring a sense of peaceful smallness.

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A Day In the Garden

by Urban Moonshine July 14, 2020

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Go into the garden every day, no matter what. That's the promise I made at the start of the season. It will be a daily ritual, a practice to keep me in tune with the growth and health of the garden, and a sure way not to miss a bit of garden gossip.

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An Herbalist's Staycation

by Aisling Badger July 08, 2020

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There is nothing like these long days when every delicious, summery minute counts. This time of year embodies abundance, energy, and fullness. July brings daily joy, feeling the sunshine and warmth that we Northerners miss so much throughout our long winter.

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Herbal Cocktails & Mocktails

by Aisling Badger June 17, 2020

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The summer season is upon us, and while we are still coming to terms with the fact that it will look a bit different this year, we are also looking forward to spending more time in our backyards and getting creative in our summer kitchens.

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Forest Bathing as Restorative Action

by Urban Moonshine June 09, 2020

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The term Shinrin-yoko, which translates in English as Forest Bathing, was coined in 1982 by the Japanese government in part as a corrective therapeutic action to a then recognized public health crisis. 

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Dandelion Flower Fritters

by Urban Moonshine May 28, 2020

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The appearance of dandelion flowers can be a signal for some to get out the lawn mower, but for us herbalists, it’s a call to make fritters! 

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Ancestor Reverence

by Urban Moonshine May 20, 2020

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Guest blog – by Mercedes Miles Mack

Working with my ancestors feels like being in the sun. It feels like being in alignment with the person I have always dreamed of being. Plugged into mystery, magic and play; the real allure of being alive.

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The Art of Gardening For Beginners

by Urban Moonshine May 18, 2020

the art of gardening

by Jovial King

Are you fantasizing about starting a garden this year but not sure where to begin? Not to worry!  There are many ways to participate in the gardening resurgence even if you don’t know the first thing about soil science or pollinators...

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Botanical at Home DIYs

by Aisling Badger May 08, 2020

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This whole new way of life has been a good reminder that we can’t control the circumstances around us, but that we can control our reactions and how we take care of ourselves.

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Kid-Friendly Plant Projects for Spring

by Vicki Kuskowski May 07, 2020

Spring is here as far as the calendar is concerned, but it is still quite chilly and brown in Vermont. It is what we call “mud season”, when the snow melts and everything is brown and mucky as the earth thaws and comes to life once again.

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