[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 91 – Pass the Cranberry Sauce!

When you think “Cranberry sauce” what comes to mind? Do you envision a gelatinous loaf, globbed out of a can and sliced onto a dainty glass serving tray? Cranberry sauce, for me, has always been up there with fruitcake – something that was served at family holiday meals, traditions that were tolerated but never enjoyed. […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 90 – Learning About Oyster Mushroom

Often found in the produce aisle of grocery stores, Oyster Mushrooms are a popular culinary mushroom. In Japan, Oyster Mushroom is known as Hiratake and is revered as a potent medicinal mushroom. Oyster Mushroom is a saprophytic mushroom, meaning he likes to grow on dead wood, helping to break down the fibers of fallen trees. […]

Pre-Sale of 2019 Herbal Roots zine Wall Calendars

It’s been 6 years since I’ve been able to put together a wall calendar for Herbal Roots zine’s upcoming herbs and I am excited to present the 2019 wall calendar featuring endangered and at risk native medicinal plants! Some positive changes for the calendar are: printed on recycled paper matte finish which gives it a […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 89 – Learning About Gravel Root

Commonly called Joe Pye Weed due to a native medicine man who used this plant for typhoid fever and Queen of the Meadow due to this plant’s stunning blooms in mid to late summer, Gravel Root is a plant that is related to Boneset, and previously shared the same genus, though Gravel Root has been […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 88 – Learning About Elecampane

Elecampane is often called Elfwort or Elfdock due to his association with  elves throughout history. Another common name is Scabwort as he was used to heal scabs on sheep. Generally the root is used in herbal medicine although some herbalists experiment with the flowers as well. If you have Elecampane growing in your garden, you […]

Herbal Medicine for Beginners book Winner

Congratulations to Vicky! Her name was drawn in the contest out of over 1,000 entries between Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and this blog! Thanks to everyone who joined in on the fun! I wish I could have given you all a book! If you are wanting to purchase the book, it is available for pre-order on […]

Herbal Medicine for Beginners Book and Giveaway

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED*** My friends Katja Swift and Ryn Midura have written a book and I am happy to add it to my list of resources on my website! Part herbal, part formulatory and part instructional, Herbal Medicine for Beginners is a great book for beginners of all ages! This book is a perfect […]

Botanical Illustration Workbook and Online Class

I’ve had a lot of fun collaborations this past winter and I’d like to share one of them with you now! I am delighted to announce that I teamed up with the folks at Herbal Academy to create an online Botanical Illustration class AND a Botanical Illustration Coloring and Workbook. These are great additions for […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 87 – Learning About Calamus

“Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions.” – Antoinette Brown Blackwell Known by many common names including Sweet Flag and Bitterroot, Calamus is a plant that has long been revered by Europeans, Asians and Native Americans alike for his many uses. Calamus has a history of use all […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 86 – Let’s Learn About Sassafras

“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 85 – Splendid Speedwell

“I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer — and what trees and seasons smelled like — how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very rich.” ― John Steinbeck, East of […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 84 – Winter Plant Identification (and a Freebie)

“Nothing in nature, even weeds, should be considered unworthy of study.” – Quirky Science Often we forget to get outside in the winter. Reasons are multitude. It’s too cold. It’s a hassle to bundle up the kids. It’s dreary. There’s nothing to see or do. Nothing is growing. There are no plants around to harvest. […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 83 – Lavish Licorice

‘We’re like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.’ – Jerry Garcia When you think of Licorice, a black colored candy may come to mind. But did you know that Licorice is also a very prized herbal medicine? It’s a flavor that people either seem to love or […]