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

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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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A Wild Foodie’s Guide To Sustainable Harvesting

by Aisling Badger April 10, 2019 4 Comments

Sustainable Harvesting -- Ramps

As herbalists, one of the first things we think of when we feel the season shift is that in a matter of weeks, there will be an abundance of medicine...

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Six ways to love your lymph

by Guido Masé March 29, 2019

Lymph Love Excerpt

Watch water flowing in the world: streams join into fast-flowing rivers, which empty out into seaside wetlands. Here, water rich in nutrients trickles between reed-covered islands. In our bodies, arterial rivers push water rich in nutrients into a branched system of drainage channels: the lymphatic system.

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Rise Up In Spring: Thinking Like A Plant

by Guido Masé March 28, 2019

 

Rise Up in Spring--Thinking Like a Plant

Every spring, I dig up dandelions. When I started my first garden, this was an act of fear: “If I don’t get them out now,” I used to think, “they’ll dump seed everywhere!”

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Cooking with herbs: 3 spring recipes

by Aisling Badger March 12, 2019

green dressing excerpt

We believe our kitchens are our sanctuaries--a place where we find nourishment, creativity, and healing. For many of us, the kitchen is also home to our herbal apothecaries, which in itself allows the lines between our food and our herbal medicine to blur, and where they truly are one. 

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Plant consciousness, plant wisdom

by Guido Masé February 21, 2019

forest excerpt

We must come to terms with the matter of plant consciousness. When we say "vegetative", we think of absence: no feeling, no willful acts, only passive reaction. But that does not describe the vegetal kingdom: sensing and moving to satisfy its wishes, a plant can hold abstract thought, plan for the future, and coordinate with kin. Plants have memory, sophisticated senses, and exquisite control over how their genetic blueprint unfolds into physical form. We dismiss them simply because of a difference in perspective, and do so at our peril.

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DIY Rose Infused Fudge Cake with Simmer Down Tonic

by Aisling Badger February 12, 2019

Cacao Rose Cake Excerpt

Creativity in the kitchen is one of the purest forms of self-love and devotion, especially when it involves herbs! Over the years we've gotten very comfortable with adding medicinal plants to our desserts and meals and are excited to share that passion with you.

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Winter Wellness Legends

by Guido Masé January 31, 2019

Rowanberry Excerpt

Growing up on the sunny side of the Alps, on the gentle slopes that would run down into the fertile valleys of northern Italy, I listened to the fairytales and lore of a people who had lived in those craggy mountains for thousands of years.

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DIY Raw Honey and Herbs

by Aisling Badger January 17, 2019

Golden Milk Powder

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...

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