Summer Solstice- Herbs and Rituals for Connection and Healing

  What exactly is the summer solstice? It’s a phenomenological event that happens each year, around midsummer,  when the rotational axis of the Earth is most inclined to the Sun.  Consequently, it is the longest day of the year. It is certainly an auspicious time, and cultures the world over since time immemorial have marked […]

Cleansing, Detox and Seasonal Tonics

It’s now late March and we have passed the vernal equinox (how did that even happen?) We are past the onslaught of New Year’s resolutions and social media commitments to juice fasting. We are into Spring! In case you didn’t know, the dead of winter is the absolute worst time of year to consider cleansing […]

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 […]

Mushroom Missive- The Radical Mycology of Medicinal Mushrooms

It has been described that due to cultural processes, people are either Mycophiles or mycophobes. Do you know which one you are? Does the simple word ‘mushroom’ transport you to a realm of magic, where the fae folk frolic amongst quintessential red and white capped Amanita muscaria toadstools? Do you start salivating at the thought […]

Ode to Lemongrass

    Even here in this picture of part of my garden earlier in the year, the lemongrass is in the background, second stage to the Artemesia ludoviciana I was trying to capture.     A few years ago, a friend who has since moved away gave me a Lemongrass transplant. She is from Africa, Zanzibar to […]

Herbal Vinegars

Did you know that herbal vinegars are easy and effective medicine? In some cases, making a vinegar based extraction of herbs is preferable to an alcohol based tincture, glycerite or water based infusion. Vinegar does an excellent job extracting minerals from herbs. Herbs such as nettle, non aromatic mints such as henbit and dead nettle, […]