Moonlight, magic, and the harvest

by Guido Masé October 16, 2019

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As fall moves on, some folks complain that the days get short. But think about the longer nights! You can feel them now. When the moon is full, the arc it traces lasts from sunset to sunrise, instead of getting drowned out early by the insistent, enthusiastic July sun. We get the full harvest moon, shining over the fields with its gift of extra light to gather the grain.

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The Joy of Mushrooms

by Guido Masé September 17, 2019

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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:

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Peak Summer Garden Tales

by Guido Masé August 19, 2019

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St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) loves the sun and reaches across wide sections of the meadow during the peak days of summer... the herb’s yellow flowers, small and clustered into intense bursts of color, signal that transition from the growth of spring to the fullness of the hot months. Here we are! The time of thunderstorms and cicadas, hot nights and fireflies.

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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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Bitters and digestive juices

by Guido Masé January 02, 2019

Bitters digestive juices

We take digestion for granted, but it's not an easy task: we consume a range of foods, at different times, under changing circumstances. Balancing all these variables, our guts distil macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbs) and process micronutrients and phytochemicals. 

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Healthy Immunity, Using Herbs and Medicinal Mushrooms

by Guido Masé October 12, 2018

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. 

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Apple Cider Vinegar Bitters: New England Practicality, European Wisdom

by Guido Masé September 27, 2018

Cider Vinegar Bitters

New England is rich in apples, and every fall, pressed and fermented into cider, he had access to endless quantities of raw, natural vinegar. Some of the classic uses...

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An East African Plant Walk, with Guido Masé

by Guido Masé May 22, 2018

The best herbs are the ones close at hand. A team of herbalists and I travel to East Africa each spring, along with physicians and medical students. Here, we work at a rural hospital, where herbal medicine is becoming integrated into patient care...

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Science Update with Guido Masé: Human Rituals Around Sacred Plants and Sacred Places: Insight Into Ecological Conservation

by Guido Masé February 21, 2018

 

Identifying and honoring “sacred” places in our lives, and bringing plants into the ritual of celebration, is a traditional tool that builds life and resilience wherever it is employed, helping to protect endangered botanical species and preserve sensitive ecologies.

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Science Update: Adaptive Plasticity

by Guido Masé December 13, 2017 1 Comment

We’ve known for a long time that primates (humans included) use plants medicinally, but insect self-medication is a relatively new discovery. This observation is remarkable in and of itself: these wooly bears are behaving like herbalists, seeking out medicinal species to treat their infection.

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Bitter Taste Receptors: New Insight and Applications

by Guido Masé October 13, 2017 4 Comments

Bitter Taste Receptors; New Insights and Applications

Over the last two decades we have seen interest in digestive bitters continue to grow. This is fantastic, and we’re hoping it indicates an increasing appreciation...

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Herbs and Antimicrobial Resistance

by Guido Masé September 18, 2017

Antimicrobial resistance has followed on the heels of drug development since the very beginning –-in fact, since before penicillin was ever released to the general public.

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