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Lymphatic Herbs: Ceanothus, Red Root for Healthy Lymph Function

Warming, slightly spicy red root, Ceanothus americanus, is an outstanding lymphatic herb for those with chronic lymph complaints. Red Root (Ceanothus americanus) Energetics: neutral-warm/dry Therapeutic Actions: alterative, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, astringent, expectorant, lymphatic, nervine, tonic My first experience with the…

Urinary Herbs: Gravel Root for Kidney Health & Stone Relief

Gravel root is an herb with a profound affinity for the abdominal organs and is specifically indicated for to address kidney stone complaints. Gravel Root (Eupatorium purpureum) Energetics: cool/dry Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, anti-lithic, anti-rheumatic, diuretic Have you ever had a…

Digestive Herbs: Soothing Meadowsweet & Heartburn Relief Tea

Meadowsweet, Queen of the Meadow, is a fabled herb that offers extraordinary digestive support, as well as pain and fever reducing benefits. Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria; formerly known as Spiraea alba or ulmaria) Energetics: cool, dry; bitter (leaf), sweet (flower) Therapeutic…

Respiratory Herbs: Usnea, Lungs of the Forest

Usnea has a great affinity for the respiratory system, as well as being a profound infection fighter for the whole body. Usnea (Usnea sp.) Energetic:  cool, dry Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparastic, analgesic, astringent, styptic, tonic, vulnerary Sometimes when…

Medicinal Mushroom Hot Cocoa with Red Belted Polypore

Medicinal mushroom hot cocoa with red belted polypores nourishes, comforts and soothes with dark, earthy, and bittersweet flavors. This medicinal hot cocoa offers immunity and gastrointestinal health benefits. There are certain times of year when I began to crave deep…

Warming Healing Golden Milk Spiced Chai

A viscerally warming blend of turmeric & traditional spices makes this golden milk spiced chai a soothing, comforting latte style tea with healing benefits Ask a room full of herbalists what the first anti-inflammatory herb that comes to their mind…

Douglas Fir: Folklore & Medicinal Uses

As the ubiquitous tree of the Pacific Northwest, Douglas fir has a rich folklore, history and abundant food and medicinal use.  Try a Douglas fir tea recipe for respiratory support. Douglas fir is a thing of scent memories.  From my…

Holiday Hangover: Love Your Liver Detoxification

When the too much of a good thing happens, a little liver detoxification may be in order. Find balance with these cleansing tips and a Love Your Liver Tea recipe. Perhaps it was the cookies.  Perhaps it was the cheese. …

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