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 […]

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: […]