Herbalism
DIY Yoni Steam

DIY Yoni Steam

Start with part one: Yoni Steaming - An Act of Self Love Moon Goddess of Mystery Psychedelic Tarot Art by Emily Balivet (Go buy art from her on Etsy! Her work is amazing!) I put the whole idea "yoni steam" idea aside for a few days until my order from Shakti Studios arrived. It was packaged like it was a ...

Yarrow for Fever and Flu

Yarrow for Fever and Flu

Yarrow for Fever and Flu It seems rather innocuous, this lovely white flower, but yarrow has earned many expressive titles: staunchwort, wound wort, nosebleed, knight’s milfoil…most of these names are crediting yarrow’s remarkable ability to stop a wound from bleeding while reducing pain and infection. These are ...

Yoni Steaming: An act of self love

Yoni Steaming: An act of self love

Perhaps you’ve heard of using steam for health and beauty. There are many ways to use steam therapy, from saunas to herbal steams for the face and sinuses. Many people add herbs or essential oils to baths or showers so they can breathe in the vapors. But have you ever heard of a yoni steam? Yoni is a Sanskrit ...

Dreaming of Spring: A Bitter Tonic Tea

Dreaming of Spring: A Bitter Tonic Tea

Dreaming of Spring: A Bitter Tonic Tea It's easy to get lazy during a winter hibernation time... there are rich holiday food and drink, desire to drown oneself in a sea of carb-laden foods, and hot toddies everywhere you turn! But as the new year begins and the days begin to offer more light, we turn towards the ...

Valerian Mint Cordial

Valerian Mint Cordial

Valerian Mint Cordial or as it is called in my home: "Shut Up and Go To Sleep!" No matter how hard I try to maintain a good sleep schedule, I often find myself lying awake, staring at the ceiling long after I should be asleep. My mind is either going over tomorrow’s plans, replaying today’s conversations over and ...

Herbal Vinegar Hair Rinses

Herbal Vinegar Hair Rinses

My newest post on the Herbal Academy of New England site is live! Herbal Vinegar Hair Rinses Every season provides a new way to strain and damage your hair. The sand and salt water of the ocean in summer can leave you with lusterless locks. The winter winds and ice leave your hair crispy and exhausted. The humid ...

How to make Ginger Tea

How to make Ginger Tea

There are a few teas that I make as often as I make Ginger Tea.  From the moment I put the cup to my lips and sip, the spicy glow radiates through my body and infuses me with a sense of well being and warmth. It is a simple comfort, like a lap blanket, a cuddly cat, and a book on a blustery day. I've often ...

Herbs to Prevent and Treat Urinary Tract Infections

Herbs to Prevent and Treat Urinary Tract Infections

Ouch. Uh-oh. I know that small, pinching burning pain. I've felt that before. If you've ever had to live with urinary tract infections, that small sting that comes just as you finish peeing is a feeling that you tend not to forget! I had that feeling one morning recently and jumped into action - I don't ...

Recipe Box: Honeysuckle Infused Sugar

Recipe Box: Honeysuckle Infused Sugar

May is rolling out and June is rolling in - wild roses and irises are blooming their last and the berries are starting to form green on the vine! Is the honeysuckle blooming like crazy where you are? It seems to be an extra fragrant, explosive year for those delicious flowers around here in western North Carolina. ...

The Herbarium!

The Herbarium!

The Herbal Academy of New England has announced their new offering: The Herbarium! I love the HANE, and their Introductory and Intermediate Herbalism courses offer a great opportunity for anyone wanting to expand their herbal knowledge and practical application of herbal medicines. When I saw they had a new ...

Poem: Harvesting Goldenrod

Poem: Harvesting Goldenrod

Harvesting Goldenrod While my hand was draped in gold and my whole self consumed with the scent of Solidago, he attacked in the gloaming, in the tall grasses. I snapped another stem between my fingers until his golden dagger flashed and white light fire flared - the bobbing flowerheads cloaked him well. ...

Dandelion Flower Infusion and Syrup

Dandelion Flower Infusion and Syrup

Infusion first, syrup second! There are only a few dandelions in my yard this year, which is the opposite of a problem as far as most people are concerned! NOT ME. I want dandelions; root, leaf, and flower! There are so many wonderful ways to use this humble flower in applications both culinary and medicinal. ...

Ask a Pixie: Seasonal Allergies and Remedies

Ask a Pixie: Seasonal Allergies and Remedies

Howdy, folks! I’ve been getting lots of reader questions and comments sent to my inbox, and so I’m beginning a new feature called “Ask A Pixie” where I will answer your queries anonymously as a blog post.  Got a question? Now, bear in mind that I am an herbalist, but not licensed to offer medical advice. What I can ...

How do I learn about herbs?

How do I learn about herbs?

So you want to be an herbalist or to learn about herbs and plant wisdom. Good for you! How do you get started to learn about herbs? Stepping onto an herbal path can seem overwhelming at first, especially in these modern days of mass communication. It is a blessing to have so much information at our fingertips, but ...

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