Dec 042008
 

Referring to my previously posted monograph on Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), I’d like to add a few notes. One is that most of the side effects I referred to in that piece, specifically hot flashes and sweating, seem to vary a great deal based on where the herb comes from. The herb I have used from [...]

Nov 282008
 
Yerba de la Sangre: Getting to Know Oregon Grape Root

~~~ This is an abridged version of my monograph of Oregon Grape Root from the upcoming The Medicine Woman’s Herbal. Enjoy! ~~~ Name: Oregon Grape Root, Yerba de la Sangre  Botanical Name: Mahonia spp. Energetics: Cold, dry Taste: bitter Actions: bitter tonic, liver stimulant, antimicrobial ~~~ Unlike many of the herbs I write about, this [...]

Oct 292008
 

In case I needed a little more confirmation of the success of the Alder/Beebalm tincture combo in treating infection, I just got it. I recently gave a bottle to a client with a mild sinus infection and she was quite happy when it cleared up in a few days. She then passed it on to [...]

Oct 242008
 

Ya’ll know how I love Peach, whether in the form of leaf, bark, flowers or fruit. I even love the pits, and I saved several quart jars worth from the luscious organic Peaches we processed earlier this season. I let them dry for a few days in the shade, picked out the best looking ones, [...]

Sep 272008
 
Into the Forest: Exploring Elderberry

 Botanical name: Sambucus spp. (of the blue and black berried varieties, I of course prefer our wild Gila native S. neomexicana and S. mexicana) Common name: Elder, Hylde Mor, The Elder Mother Energetics: Berry – Neutral. Flower – Cool, Dry Taste: Berry – sour, sweet, bitter. Flower – acrid, sweet Pictured above are some of [...]

Sep 222008
 
Going Gold: Flowers of the Harvest

 The colors of  the harvest range from rust to brown to magenta, but the most prevalent shade of all is of brilliant, unabashed gold. From the grasslands to the mountains, the Gila wears a glowing mantle for Autumn. The leaves dance back down to the earth and the river sings the slow, hypnotic songs of [...]

Sep 192008
 

Early last spring, about February, Wolf broke his toe during a flood when a large chunk of tree smushed his foot. I tried many of my usual medicines including Mullein and Alder and Goldenrod and Cottonwood. They all helped with the pain and swelling but the toe seemed slow to heal. I was purposely avoiding [...]

Sep 182008
 
Bountiful Bitters: 3 Variations on Mugwort

These are the three most common varieties of Artemisia found in the Canyon. They’re not the only ones though, there’s at least three more I don’t have pictures of. Everytime I walk out the cabin door into waist tall swaths of this multi-pupose and deeply healing plant, I feel incredibly rich, and very blessed. This [...]

Sep 042008
 
Globemallow In All Its Glory

  The Globemallow (Sphaeralcea coccinea and allied spp.) is a riotous splash across the mesa, all scarlet and orange and pink amongst the native grasses and blue flowered Sages. Unlike the common mallows, our spp. is so hairy as to sometimes be known as Sore Eye Poppy, and if you ever drive down a dry [...]

Aug 102008
 
Sweet Cream: The Medicine of Milky Oats

Latin Name: Avena sativa, Avena fatua Common Names: Milky Oats, Wild Oats, Catgrass Taste: Sweet Energetics: Neutral to Sl. Warm, Sl. Moist Actions: Nervous and endocrine resorative, relaxant and stimulant nervine, antispasmodic This vibrant green grain has slowly but surely become a very important (and lately, necessary) ally for me. Infinitely useful in our burned [...]

Jul 302008
 
Bitters Blogparty (with Bitter Herbs Differentials)

This month’s blogparty is all about the benefits and wonders of bitter herbs. Here’s a link list of the current submissions (I’ll add any additional submissions as they come in this evening). My own post on Bitters Differentials is below as well.   Amber’s overview of digestive health and bitter herbs Sasha’s adventures with Vervain [...]

Jul 222008
 
The Winter Cherry: Restoring Vitality

Botanical Name: Withania somnifera Common Names: Ashwagandha, Winter Cherry, Indian Ginseng Energetics: warming Taste: Sweet, bitter, pungent Actions: Adaptogen, alterative, cardioprotective, immunomodulator, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic This post contains some of my ramblings and ponderings about this very special plant. This isn’t an all-encompassing portrait of the herb but rather notes from my own experience plus research [...]