May 30, 2019
Elder flowers in full bloom

Respect Your Elder Flowers

With spring in full swing, it’s the perfect time go out and harvest your elder flowers. Also called elderberry, for the small clusters of fruit it […]
April 16, 2019
Dandelion salad for herbal medicine

Dandelion salad and tea for herbal healing and nutrition

If you’ve ever plucked a dandelion flower and blown on it to make a wish, then you know how much fun this prolific weed can be. […]
March 26, 2019
Stinging nettle plant and closeup

Stinging Nettle: The nuisance that heals

Living in a dry, riparian habitat like southern California, we may not have a lot of encounters with this herbaceous irritant, but when we do, there’s […]
February 27, 2019
Planting by the moon phases

Planting by the Moon

As springtime approaches and the third quarter moon continues to wane, this seems like the perfect time to review the ancient practice of planting by the […]
January 17, 2019
Herbal tea for winter cold eason

Herbal Healing Tips for the Winter Season

Following the rhythmic cycles of nature, winter is a time for rest. Herbs and flowers go dormant, trees drop their leaves, and animals go into hibernation. […]
December 10, 2018
Rose Hips ripening on the vine

Rose Hips: More than just a pretty flower

The Gospels instruct us to judge a tree by its fruit. Yet when it comes to roses, saints and sinners alike are inclined to judge the […]