Cultural Differences in Medicine Making

Overview Herbal medicine is and has always been, the peoples’ medicine.  Just as there’s significant variation in the people and cultures that fill our world, there’s a myriad of medicine-making techniques that

The Herbal Detox Myth

Detoxification "Detoxification" is a term that gets used a lot in alternative medicine. Perhaps it's become a bit of a fad to cleanse or detox, trying to purge the body of

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The Importance of Moistening Plants

From a constitutional perspective, it appears that most herbal medicines have a drying effect upon the tissues. Whether it’s from increasing urination, exocrine gland secretions, sweating…. there are many ways

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Terrain vs. Germ Theory

  Living amidst a global pandemic has led to some interesting (and sometimes very heated) questions and discussions amongst people in the alternative medicine community. But one that I haven't heard

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Addicted to Bitters

  In our modern world where it seems like almost everyone has a digestive symptom of some sort, and bitters or bitter tasting herbs, are becoming significantly more popular. Bitters are

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Willow Bark vs. Aspirin

It's common these days for folks to think about Willow as an alternative to aspirin. Many people know that Willow bark also contains salicylic acid, which is the main compound

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Interview with Kami McBride

   I think one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves as herbalists and healers is “why do we get sick?” This is the big question pondered by healers, physicians,

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Herbal Support for ADD and ADHD

   How can herbalists use plant medicine to support children who have, in conventional medicine, been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD? Unfortunately, there can be some detrimental effects, not only from the

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Eating for Your Constitution

        As Ayurveda has become popular, interest in eating according to your constitutional type has grown. Over the last few years we've seen this dynamic of eating and tailoring your diet

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How to Learn the Unwritten Herbs

If you are studying Western herbalism, it's helpful to understand your plants in terms of their medicinal actions, their energetics, their organ system affinities, and so on. So where do you start? How do you figure that stuff out?

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