Masking Herbal Tastes

In this post I want to share a little bit about some of the dynamics around the taste of herbs. In traditional systems of medicine, the way an herb tastes, whether it’s bitter or pungent or astringent or sour or sweet, is a really strong indication of the medicinal properties of a plant. From a…

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Raising the Next Generation of Water Protectors

In this modern world, many of us have forgotten how interconnected everything is. We stare at our cell phones. We get lost in the skylines and sidewalks of big cities, forgetting our connection to the natural world. And because we have lost this sense of connection, our children are coming into a world of climate…

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The Client Intake and 5 Health Determinants

In the Vitalist Herbalist Practitioner Program, I talk about “root determinants,” which are the big-picture, general things that we do each and every day that determine our relative state of health (or lack of it). These are important things to know when working with clients, but sometimes they’re overlooked by practitioners because they’re considered basic…

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The Different Types of Herbal Tonics

What does the word “tonic” mean? This word is frequently used in herbal medicine and in the alternative health world. We hear about health tonics, rejuvenative tonics, nutritive tonics, bitter tonics, and chi tonics. “Tonic” is one of those terms in herbalism that can use some clarification to make sure that we’re all on the…

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The Allergic Load

We’re in the midst of summer here in the northern hemisphere. This is the time when a lot of people get affected by the pollens in the air and end up dealing with a lot of upper respiratory stuff. One question I get asked a lot during this time of year is why do some…

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Praying For Your Clients

In this week’s blog post, we have a question from a student that I thought would be good to share with the greater Evolutionary Herbalism community. The question is about integrating a spiritual approach to your work with your clients, specifically in regards to praying with and for your clients. This isn’t something that I…

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Diagnostic Differentials of Hot and Cold

I talk a lot about the importance of energetics and constitutions in clinical herbalism. This is one of the attributes of traditional systems of medicine across the world that are at their root and are fundamental to their way of understanding the uniqueness of a person and the specific properties of medicinal plants. In our…

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Herbal Antibiotics and Gut Flora

This week, we have a very interesting question that comes up from time to time in regard to whether an herb can actually work like an antibiotic and the possible benefits and risks in terms of using herbs to treat pathogenic infections. Antiviral and Antibacterial Herbs in the Time of COVID-19 This is a pretty…

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Constitution Confusion

I wanted to share a great question I got from one of my students recently, it’s actually one that I get asked all the time, so I thought I’d share this segment from my Student Q&A video with the greater Evolutionary Herbalism community.  This question is a major point of confusion for a lot of…

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Developing Relationships with Botanical Beings: interview with Asia Suler

Having a connection to the herbal allies you work with is essential to truly accessing the deepest levels of healing offered by plant medicines. But how do you develop a relationship with these botanical beings? In this episode of The Plant Path podcast, Asia Suler shares a guide for connecting to the primordial language of…

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