Every Day Herbalism: Seasonal Seeds of Health


February 9, 2019

The new moon on February 4th, 2019 ushers in the Lunar New Year,

and the Chinese New Year begins on February 5th.

To celebrate, Mayway Chinese Herbs in Oakland, CA

hosted an Open House,

and I was lucky enough to attend.

Mayway offered a class on different methods of decocti...

March 14, 2018

The Spring Equinox is coming up on March 21st. The equinox represents a balance point, when the length of the day and the length of the night are the same.

Equi: equal

Nox: night

It also represents a shift from longer nights to longer days; the end of winter, and the begi...

February 28, 2018

I recently traveled up to Oregon, to teach a class on Aromatherapy. I was co-teaching with my good friend and sister herbalist, Samantha Roberts of Wolf Star Wellness. We offered this class as part of the Free Monday Night Lecture series at the Ashland Food Co-op, foll...

January 8, 2018

As the state of California legalizes recreational marijuana use on 01/01/18, we are reminded that Cannabis is just one of very many plants used as medicine.

November 24, 2017

Preparing out Thanksgiving meal includes making an herbal digestive tea, and playing with herb jello recipes!

October 13, 2017


Last week, I attended the American Herbalists Guild annual symposium, held at the beautiful Oregon Gardens in Silverton, OR. The theme of this year’s symposium was Herbalism in Action, with a strong focus on community clinics, health care for under-served p...

August 16, 2017

All summer long, I’ve been buying fresh corn on the cob at the farmer’s market. In addition to eating the fresh corn, I also like to collect & dry the corn silk tassels. I like having some on hand, with my medicinal herbs, and this is the season to gather it.

How t...

April 14, 2017

It is Spring, and the Cleavers are up! All along the creek sides, bike paths and garden patches, this sticky little herb is making appearances. Now is the time to find a healthy stand and bring some home for a nice spring tonic.

I found an abundant population growing al...

March 13, 2017

Henbane is a toxic herb whose history has become inextricably linked with witchcraft. This post reviews some of the history of henbane as an herbal medicine; some of the folklore around the herb; and the relationship between herbalists, wise women and witches. It is in...

March 7, 2017

I recently re-read The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine by Ted J. Kaptchuk, O.M.D. More accurately, I read it thoroughly for the first time, from cover to cover, all notes and appendices included. This is a classic, foundational textbook for stude...

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