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healthier than before

Q: Are you healthier than you were before you started all this natural healing stuff? A: My immediate answer was “Yes! I used to have eczema on my hands so bad I had to quit my job at a plant…

Milk Thistle Seed

I’ve been taking milk thistle seed for several weeks now. Thumbs up. It’s been one of those herbs I’ve felt I’ve taken on faith. I’ve consumed plenty of it, recommended it to other people, but was never certain I’d actually…

soft foods

Q: What should I eat after oral surgery? They are saying I’ll need to be on a soft foods diet for a while. Any ideas? A: This is actually the topic that inspired me to start this blog. I had…

chiggers

Q: Ack! Chiggers! A: This is an area where I feel I can speak with great authority. Unfortunately, as a leader of plant walks in Texas, I got lots of opportunity to get feedback from people about what herbs worked…

red pepper

I’ve been getting to be closer friends with red pepper in the previous month. It’s like one of those people you see around all the time, maybe chat with now and again, but don’t take the time to really sit…

my dead cat, Scooter

I was lying on the couch resting on All Soul’s Day, pondering death. My eyes were closed, and I could feel the weight on my chest of the sense memory of my dear, departed cat Scooter. I remembered when I…

hazel

Hazel is the plant that has most enthusiastically welcomed me to Europe. In my first days in Berlin, I took this photo and posted it on Facebook, asking if anyone knew what it was. I quickly figured out for myself…

for the love of wisdom

I was about 11, and my mom was concerned about my impending Ophelia years. She was thinking ahead, trying to figure out how she was going to help me get through pubescence without losing my sense of self. She read…

demoralized, hooray!

I had a dream that I was at an herbal event, in a barn packed to the rafters with eager female faces. I was on the schedule to speak, but instead a woman was lecturing about the various chemotypes of…