Homebrew: Skullcap Relaxation Blend

TYPE: HERBAL TEA. HERBS: SKULLCAP, PASSIONFLOWER, LINDEN FLOWER, PEPPERMINT. USES: INSOMNIA, ANTI-ANXIETY, RELAXATION. Sometimes at the end of the day the gears in my head are still turning. This can be frustrating when I'm trying to unwind before I go to sleep - and sometimes make it difficult to fall asleep altogether! This is a [...]

Field Notes: Herbs for Cold and Flu Season

Cold and flu season is here - and if you're spending as much time in proximity to other people in their germs as most people in city do you need all the help you can get. Here is a brief list of some plant allies to help you and your immune system get through this [...]

Field Notes: Basic Adaptogenic Herbs for Fall

There's nothing like the transition from warm summer days to chilly fall ones to throw all the systems in your body completely out of whack. Plenty of people feel lethargic, and tons of others get sick - luckily, there are herbs to help your body fight off stress and adapt to changes called adaptogens. What [...]

Homebrew: Tea – “Purple Floral-Berry Elixir”

TYPE: HERBAL TEA. HERBS: OAT TOPS, VIOLET LEAVES, BLACKBERRY LEAVES, LINDEN FLOWER. USES: CALMING, ANTI-ANXIETY, NUTRITIVE, RESTORATIVE. I find that teas are a great way to satisfy cravings my body may have for certain vitamins and minerals, as well as a great way to unwind. Most of the blends I experiment with are an effort [...]

Flora & Fauna: Common Backyard Herbs

There are plenty of plants you probably pass right by on your walk to work that are edible, medicinal and best of all - easy to identify. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) This plant is both edible and highly medicinal - just about every part of it. The flowers are delicious when battered and fried, and you [...]

Field Notes: A Simple Approach to Herbalism

While most herbal remedies are a combination of different plants, the simple approach is something everyone who uses herbs should be familiar with. The other day when I was at the herb shop I apprentice at, a woman walked in looking for a specific herb to treat her lyme disease. It was something quite rare [...]

Homebrew: Tea – “Cooling Sleep Tonic”

TYPE: HERBAL TEA. HERBS: NETTLE, SKULLCAP, ELEUTHERO, PEPPERMINT. USES: CALMING, ANTI-ANXIETY, SLEEP AID, VITAMINS. This is a delicious, relaxing, nourishing herbal formula I've been drinking at night that I liked enough to share with you all here! It's a blend of nettle, skullcap, eleuthero and peppermint. The nettle adds a rich, earthy, 'green' flavor - [...]