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?
You can learn a lot from the study of medicinal plants and mushrooms: how they carry their embodied selves, how they communicate, how they compete and (more often) support each other.
In the uncertain times that we live in, it is empowering and gratifying to know how to care for yourself and your community. As herbalists, our role has always been to empower people so that they feel confident in how to take care of their bodies...
Embedded now in the colder months, our thoughts turn to comfort and wellness: during this time of year, that can often mean seeking out immune support. And if you look around at apothecaries and supplement shelves, you often see two plants featured prominently (and for good reason): elderberry (Sambucus species, we turn to the native S. canadensis) and echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, for the most part, though other species can be used as well).
There’s something so comforting about banana bread. The smell of it baking and the warmth of the oven, especially as the seasons change and we spend more time indoors, cozying up. Changing seasons generally adds occasional stress to the body, so that’s a time when we start relying on Immune Tonic.
I mostly remember the cool, dark mornings that turned, slowly, into day through the high evergreen canopy. We'd left well before dawn and were walking uphill through a forest of mature spruce with tracts of larch and hardwoods. Come fall, these would become golden veins running down the mountainside, but now everything was a deep green-black, and smelled like fairytale:
As you and your family transition from summer activities into the regular routines of home and school life, it's a good time to take the health of your family into your own hands.
If you are looking for a creative way to keep with your herbal regimen, consider the easy solution of blending herbs and raw honey. Honey has long been called the food of the gods, or the elixir of life, and as herbalists, we understand why--there's nothing quite like the sweetness of honey, miraculously synthesized from the pollen and nectar of flowering plants...
Autumn is the time to ground down and return to our inward selves. After the ethereal light and abundant days of summer, we start to prepare for the darker days ahead. It’s the best time of year to set intentions, get quiet, create and manifest dreams, and to re-commit to healthy habits...
There is a long tradition in herbal medicine of using herbs and mushrooms around times of seasonal change, or during travel, to support great immunity and thereby keep the physiology strong and resilient.
An immune-supporting, nutritive and medicinal broth that's perfect for using in soups or enjoying on its own.
Autumn is the time of year when plants' energies are focused back into the roots; thus, fall is when the roots’ medicinal qualities are most potent.