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general principles

Many years ago I was flipping through a magazine (I honestly can’t remember if it was a fashion magazine or Playboy or Parade or what) and there were short bios of a few women – a photo, a name, a…

Flexibility

Q: I’ve gotten really inflexible in the past few years. What can I do to become more limber again? A: The first thing I’d look at is making sure that your tissues are warm and moist enough. Are you getting…

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…

the art of the pour

At herb school once, Michael had demonstrated making some herbal preparation (Hayden’s Viburnum Compound, maybe?) and was pouring it into little bottles for us. A very enthusiastic student who always sat right up front, looked on with rapt attention and,…

the remembering problem

I put the herbs in the teapot on autopilot, then stopped and thought “wait a minute, what was this blend to treat?” I checked and realized that problem is gone. (By the way, rooibos as a simple really seems to…

how to not mind the cold so much

18 winters in Austin, and I was moving to Berlin. “But how will you endure the winter?” everyone asked. Before Austin, I spent a traumatic winter in Minneapolis, the worst cold snap on record. For 3 weeks straight, the temperature…

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…

Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum

Yesterday I went to the Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum, at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. (History of Medicine Museum at the Charity Medical School, Berlin.) When I first arrived I had a few extra minutes before I was to meet with my…

oats

It’s such a gentle, kind, reassuring plant. I so enjoy sitting with it and letting it calm me. One night I drunkenly stumbled into the yard and it waved in the breeze, inviting me to sit. It told me it…