Alchemical Herb Profile: Red Root (Ceanothus cuneatus)

Red Root, or commonly called “Buckbrush” around here – is a wild shrubby plant that flourishes all around the hills where we live. Though this variety of Ceanothus is poky, dense, and hardy – not the most welcoming looking plant around – it exudes the most sweet, heavenly fragrance throughout the forest while its fluffy…

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Alchemical Herb Profile: Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

“A weed is a plant whose virtue is not yet known.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Though Dandelion is a common “weed” found in most people’s yards, it is full of medicinal properties that are valuable to know. I often think that those herbs which show up all over the place, growing up through the cracks in…

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Herbal Alchemy: The Water Element

Learn how to use the Elements as a lens for classifying and using herbal remedies. The Alchemical herbal perspective involves looking at the planetary rulerships of different herbs, their organ and tissue affinities, as well as providing a sophisticated and refined way of preparing herbal medicines according to astrological influences. In this video, I reveal how…

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Holistic Herbalism and the Adaptogen Myth

  What’s the most common mistake most people make when they start using herbs? After years of teaching and traveling across the country, I’ve seen people over and over make the assumption that if they’re using herbs, they’re holistic. It’s actually not true! Many herbalists and naturopaths actually practice what I like to call “green…

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Alchemical Herb Profile: Wood Betony (Stachys betonica)

So I know it’s been awhile since my last blog post- sorry about that! Life got really busy there for awhile teaching a lot of workshops, traveling to different conferences and events, and preparing for the opening of next year’s school year! I’ll be in touch with you soon with more info about that real soon.…

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Free E-book on the Elements and Herbalism!

So I’m really excited to announce that I’ve got a new e-book called Quinta Essentia: On the Elements and Plant Medicine. I’ve been studying the Elements both directly and through various traditions that used them in their healing practice and synthesized down much of my research into this little book that I’d like to give you. Just…

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Medical Astrology and Herbalism: Mars

Mars is considered one of the “malefic” planets- IE one of the “bad guys.” Of course, no astrological archetype is purely evil or bad, unless we don’t work with it in a good way or have it well integrated into our constitution. Mars typically creates diseases associated with heat, what the old physiomedicalist doctors called…

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Evolutionary Herbal Profile: Oregon Grape

This is one of my favorite plants that I’m so glad grows around us. This is one of the great remedies for the solar plexus- on a physical level through it’s impact on digestion and the liver, but also energetically as it operates upon the Manipura, or 3rd chakra. It’s one of my major remedies…

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Evolutionary Herbal Profile: Manzanita

I just moved to southern Oregon just a few years ago and have been around such different plants than when I lived in NW Washington! One of the most common plants that grows around here is Manzanita, a relative of the Madrone trees and the common medicinal Uva-Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi). This common urinary tract remedy is…

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Medical Astrology and Herbalism: Mercury

Mercury- this astrological force represents the nature of our mind and much of our psychological temperament. The closest planet to the Sun, Mercury represents the changeable mutable qualities of our thinking, as well as our capacities with language and communication. I wanted to talk a little bit about this planet and a few of my favorite…

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