Youtube Video: Cold Suspension Infusion

This topic comes up all the time seems like – cold suspension infusions. It’s great for burdock, marshmallow, echinacea, lots of roots. You get a much cleaner, crisper flavor, without so much nastiness. Here I’m using it to brew up some echinacea.

resource: Diamond G Forest Products

I just heard about this company, Diamond G Forest Products. If I were still in the US, I’m sure I’d order from them at some point. They make pine products like rosin, gum, turpentine, turpentine soap, even salve! Looks like they are good small producers, focused on quality and being decent humans. Look at this […]

What is an “herb”?

Q: What is your definition of “herb”? A: Words mean different things in different contexts. Sometimes “herb” means marijuana. If we’re talking botany, it means a non-woody plant. In the kitchen, it’s usually aromatic leaves used it a small quantity to season a dish. When it comes to herbal remedies, I think of it as […]

herb infused oils, alcohol intermediary method

This comes up over and over again – the weird way that I make my infused oils. I learned the method from Michael Moore. He made Arnica Salve for us in class one day, starting with recently dried arnica. 1. Grind the freshly-dried herb in a coffee grinder. It doesn’t need to be finely ground, […]

Yoga Nidra

When I’m tired and when I’m not sleeping well, my favorite remedy is yoga nidra, usually in the afternoon. It feels like super napping. I arrange a nest for myself of blankets and pillows, preparing to stay entirely still in a supremely comfortable position. I find a recording on youtube or choose one from the […]

calming herbs

Q: I’m freaked out about politics. Are there herbs for that? A: And how! If you are having a hard time, I encourage you to lean heavily on your herb friends. They will be there for you! Note: I want to say that I am directing this piece to a particular person. This friend of […]


Skullcap is one of those herbs I’ve seen around but never gotten to know very well, like a neighbor you recognize but have never actually spoken with. It doesn’t grow very well in Austin, so I’ve never grown it or gathered it fresh. And there are so many other options for calming herbs that I […]

flax in my eye

Something I love about herbalism: no matter how much I learn, there is always another phenomenally effective home remedy hiding in plain sight. I was getting ready for a trip to the Rhineland, looking forward to making my pilgrimage to the abbey of Hildegard von Bingen, and I noticed that I had a stye coming […]