Urban Moonshine's Guide to Edible flowers

by Aisling Badger July 18, 2019

Edible Flower excerpt

It's summertime, and as herbalists, it's our favorite time of year. Everyone moves at a slower, more relaxed pace, and we spend more time outside being active, enjoying the lush paradise of the outdoors. We're eating fresh food straight from our gardens, and local farms, and our favorites herbs, and flowers are blooming. 

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Nurturing the soil’s microbiome

by Guido Masé July 17, 2019

Italy was not the first place where humans domesticated grains. By all accounts, this happened in China or India about ten thousand years ago with millet and spelt. This was followed closely by barley cultivated in the fertile floodplains of the land we now call Iraq....

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Adaptogens for Stress, Energy, and Sleep

by Aisling Badger June 24, 2019

Adaptogens for Stress, Energy & Sleep

Because stress and change will always be a part of human life, the key to not letting it affect our quality of life is through adaptability. One of the single most central attributes to living a good life is to maintain a life of balance. When we don't support ourselves during periods of stress, some of the juiciest and richest aspects of life fizzle out...

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Herbs for athletes

by Guido Masé June 20, 2019



When we stop to consider how much our physical frame and physiological systems endure for even a moderate walk around town (coordination, tendon stretching, impact buffering, blood sugar changes, and more), it’s remarkable that human beings perform so well when engaged in physical activity! Good pre- and post-workout nutrition is crucial, as quality fuels provide a lot more than just energy to our bodies, but beyond eating well, herbal support can address three key areas that are important for athletic types and for anyone who is even moderately active...

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Germination: The Challenge of Emerging from the Seed

by Guido Masé June 11, 2019

Germination Excerpt

The seeds plants make encapsulate the future: a new generation, a whole world of potential. While starting seeds indoors, or scattering them over bare ground, or pushing them into furrows and feeling the cool soil on our fingers, we hope that this potential will turn into reality through the process of germination: maybe, if we're lucky, in a few days or weeks seedlings will sprout and we can watch new life unfold. 

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DIY Adaptogen Pancakes

by Aisling Badger May 29, 2019

Simmer Down Adaptogen Pancakes

There's something comforting about pancakes for breakfast. And these herbal ones are no exception. Packed with herbs and superfoods, these are fuel to start your day. The power of adaptogens is the perfect combination of stabilizing energy to live your best life, and the self-care you deserve.

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DIY Adaptogen Energy Balls

by Aisling Badger May 17, 2019

DIY energy adaptogen balls

These simple snacks are packed with fuel for on the go, before your workout or even just an afternoon pick me up. We combine the power of superfoods and herbs and offer a healthy alternative to a sugar-packed energy drink or shot. The secret ingredient: our herbal adaptogen formula, Energy Tonic!

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7 herbs to grow this summer

by Aisling Badger May 14, 2019

calendula

If you are looking to spend more time outside connecting to nature--growing herbs is a great place to start, and the benefits of gardening are plenty! The health of our bodies not only come from what we put into them, but also from what we experience around us.

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Science Update: The Benefits of Gardening

by Guido Masé May 06, 2019

Science Update -- The Benefits of Gardening

We have all heard that our moods (and even our thoughts) don’t live in our heads. For example, we’ve known for a while that serotonin...

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Sustainability and Herbalism

by Aisling Badger April 18, 2019

Sustainability and Herbalism Excerpt

We’re in the business of being better. As herbalists, our first love is the plants--but within that comes a fierce and protective love for the health of our planet. Without it, we’d lose these precious herbal plants we love and work with. Our efforts to do better is at the top of our list, but this doesn't apply for just plant lovers; this is something we all should be encouraging others to think about and make positive changes...

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Bitter Love

by Guido Masé April 17, 2019

dandelion excerpt

My grandfather (the American one) had many diverse interests, ranging from sports, to finance, and many in between. I fondly recall his passion for history: walking around Kansas City, he'd point out historical markers and talk to me about the Santa Fe Trail, and the lives of pioneers who set out westward to seek their fortune. While I have misgivings about that chapter in US history, I am still grateful for how my grandfather taught me to imagine the footsteps of those who walked a city street or farm field years and years ago.

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DIY Herbal Vinegars

by Aisling Badger April 11, 2019

excerpt

Having herbal vinegar on hand allows us to infuse our favorite herbs into our everyday meals in a quick + tasty way. They add a medicinal kick to salad dressings, or on grain dishes and greens, or are delicious mixed with sparkling water for a drink called a “shrub.”

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