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 […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 82 – It’s Turkey (Tail) Time!

“Let us hope that the destruction and pollution that our civilization wreaks upon nature will be brought to a halt; let us hope that our children in their turn will have the chance to admire the cornflower and the poppy and the wild rose and rejoice in their beauty… before they use them to ease […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 81 – Burdock Band-aids

“Can we teach children to look at a flower and see all the things it represents: beauty, the health of an ecosystem, and the potential for healing?” -Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder Burdock is one of those plants that you love and appreciate once you get to […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 80 – April’s 30 Days of Herbal Allies Challenge

“The most important thing we can teach our young people is to observe well.” –Dr. Ernest Mayr I had such wonderful feedback about “discovering” a plant in your back yard to study for the year that it gave me an idea to offer up a challenge for April so #30daysofherbalallies was born! Each day in April, […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 79 – Choose Your Own Herbal Mascot

“Many young people find botany a dull study. So it is, as taught from the text-books in the schools; but study it yourself in the fields and woods, and you will find it a source of perennial delight.” – John Burroughs The peepers started their call late this afternoon as I sat and prepared to […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 78 – Of Light and Love

This past year has gone by in a whirlwind. Lots of interruptions from our usual routines forced me to put newsletters for Herbal Roots zine on hold. Now that life is starting to settle back down, I am hoping to get back into the swing of things, I truly have missed writing these newsletters regularly! […]