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 […]

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 […]

Connective Tissue Healing

Q: I found out I have degeneration in my knee caps. I have full thickness fissures in my left patella. Anything you recommend for pain, inflammation, irritation in joints or regrowing/strengthening bone/cartilage? A: What a juicy question! I can use it to demonstrate so many points! I know this answer is sort of long and […]


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 exercise intense enough to warm your body up and get the fluids flowing? Are you […]

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 nursery. And I weighed 50 pounds more than I do now.” Both of those things […]

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 orthognathic surgery (a type of oral surgery where they cut my jaw bones in several […]


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 for them for chiggers. I made a chart and collected data and got it down […]

there is no such thing as “good for you”

Q: Is (a particular food) good for you? A: Argh. I know you are asking a quick yes/no question, but I can’t answer in good conscience with anything but an essay. First off, the whole question of whether something is good for you is about the relationship between you and the thing. Goodness does not […]

from the heart

Question: “I have a magical question for you. Is there a practice you do when you are trying to attract a person toward you?” Answer: First off, it is against my magical ethics to do any kind of spell with the intention of controlling someone else. So, I wouldn’t even consider any of those “write […]