September: Things We love

by Aisling Badger September 20, 2019

september things we love

September can be such a scattered month; cold and brisk one morning, making us yearn for slippers and cozy blankets, and then the next, a sweltering 80 degree day that has us ready to head to the swimming hole. That's what this month is all about--change and transition, and how to weather it gracefully...

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The Joy of Mushrooms

by Guido Masé September 17, 2019

lions mane

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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Back to School with Herbs

by Aisling Badger August 23, 2019

Back To School With Herbs

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. 

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Peak Summer Garden Tales

by Guido Masé August 19, 2019

nasturtium excerpt

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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The Importance of Rest

by Aisling Badger August 19, 2019 1 Comment

California Poppy and The Importance of Rest
Now that fall is here and we are readying ourselves for winter and slowing down, it’s a good time to look at our sleep patterns and see how they can be improved.

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Simmer Down Tonic Ice Cream

by Aisling Badger July 24, 2019

Simmer Down Tonic ice cream

When it's hot, we can't think of anything better than ice cream! And as herbalists, we are always thinking of creative ways to get herbs into our everyday life. Herbal ice cream seemed like the perfect way, especially when made with adaptogenic herbs to support our nervous system.*

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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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