Herbal Lessons Learned from a House Remodel

Last year my wife Whitney and I moved back to our homeland in the beautiful forests and mountains of northwest Washington. We found a little piece of land with an old farmhouse on it, moved in, looked around, and thought “maybe we should change a few things around on this old place…” Well that one…

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How to Heal and Not Harm with Medicinal Plants

As herbalists, our #1 goal in our work is to provide healing and alleviate the suffering in the people we serve. But that typically leads into our #1 fear as herbalists, which is that we might inflict harm or hurt someone with the medicinal plants we give them. This is a totally valid concern, for…

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“How much of an herb do I give?” A discussion on dosage of medicinal plants

  From a single drop to 5 mL of tincture or 1 tsp to 5 grams for a cup of tea, the range of how much of a medicinal plant to give someone is as vast and numerous as there are herbalists. Strong opinions exist on both ends of the spectrum; whether to give small…

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Holistic Herbal Therapeutics and Influenza

The other day I did one of our quarterly live Q&A sessions for all of the Evolutionary Herbalism students and someone asked a question about how we go about holistically treating influenza. It’s January of 2020, and as I’m sure you know, this tends to be the season where people are coming down with the…

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The Plants of Yuletide: History & Lore of Evergreens

Throughout the world, there are so many wonderful traditions celebrated this time of year that involve plants, but especially evergreens! Do you ever wonder where these origins came from and think about why we do some of these things like bring a tree into our home to decorate it? Well this is something we were…

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The Universal Digestive Formula

One of the most important skills for the modern clinical herbalist is having the ability to successfully treat the digestive system. This is one of the most critical organ systems to understand how to treat holistically from the vitalist perspective of herbalism. Traditions of herbalism understand the human organism and plants, not just through the…

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Honoring our Herbal Ancestors

At this time of year when the plants are dropping their leaves, dying back and decomposing into the Earth again, it is a time to honor death in the sacred cycle of life that it holds. Many cultures across the world speak of this time when the veils are thinning between our physical world and…

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Alchemy and Mycology with Jason Scott

In the Alchemical tradition, there is a teaching that speaks towards the Three Kingdoms of Life: the mineral, vegetable, and animal. Yet for some reason the fungal kingdom has consistently been overlooked, or lumped together with plants, and they’re discussed little. Luckily for us, as mushrooms have entered more deeply into human awareness as powerful…

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The Practice of Herbal Alchemy: An Interview with Master Alchemist Robert Bartlett

One of the biggest turning points in my plant path was the moment I came across the tradition of herbal alchemy, what is referred to as the practice of “spagyrics.” After spending years studying plant chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and other “hard sciences,” I always felt like this approach to plant medicine left…

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Reawakening a Culture of Connection through Folk Medicine

The revolution begins at the hearth and in the kitchen through reclaiming ancestral healing arts & making medicine together to take care of our families and communities.  In this new episode on The Plant Path Podcast, our guest Kami McBride shares how we can participate in reviving and inspiring an Earth-based culture that lives in…

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Essential Oils vs. Infused Oils

The Difference Between Essential Oils and Infused Oils People commonly confuse the term essential oil with infused oils, not realizing they are in fact two different types of extraction. We also have the term herbal oils or aromatic oils, which also contributes to the confusion, as these terms have all been used interchangeable and applied…

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Ayurvedic Herbal Oil Massage for Balancing Your Dosha

Let’s face it, we all could probably be doing more to tend to our health. But sometimes self care can seem like another thing added to your already overflowing list of things you’ve got to take care of in your daily life. When you add up all the things you’ve read up on that you…

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