Adaptogens in Bioregional Herbalism

“All plants contain adaptogenic/tonic compounds, because plants have to contend with a good deal of stress themselves.” -James Duke Adaptogens are a trendy topic nowadays, with herbs such as astragalus, ashwaganda and shatavari  being household names in some cases. This is partially due to adaptogens being highly publicized in health food store marketing, publications and […]

Crossvine: Native Medicinal for Rejuvenation

I want to talk about one of my favorite wild plants, Crossvine. Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) is a perennial native vine that is common in forests of the Southeast. Crossvine is also sometimes grown as a garden ornamental because it has incredibly gorgeous trumpet shaped orange and yellow showy flowers that hummingbirds love. It flowers in early […]

Pine Tree Medicine

Northwest Louisiana has its fair share of pine trees. The Pineywoods region extends here from East Texas, and there is a long history of logging and timber replanting in this area. It is not uncommon to see forests that are essentially pine tree plantations. We have a few different pine tree species in the area: […]

Acorn Recipe: Acorn and Purple Corn Banana Bread Muffins

The original recipe came from this site, but I changed a few things to suit my needs and this is what we wound up with! They are ridiculously delicious and really easy if you already have overripe bananas on hand. Mine were incredibly ripe and totally black on the outside but super sweet on the inside. […]

Acorn Awareness

Disclaimer: I am not going to include references or footnotes in this article. Although I bring up some points and ideas that would perhaps be well served by doing so, this article is 100% my opinion and is not intended to be taken as the truth. I just want to share a perspective. While this […]