Herbal Lessons Learned from a House Remodel

Last year my wife Whitney and I moved back to our homeland in the beautiful forests and mountains of northwest Washington. We found a little piece of land with an old farmhouse on it, moved in, looked around, and thought “maybe we should change a few things around on this old place…” Well that one…

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Your Body is Nature

Central to traditional systems of medicine is the understanding that the human organism is a reflection of Nature- that our bodies are not machines or composed merely of “biochemical gears,” but rather that we are composed of natural forces that exist all around us. That we are a part of the ecological context of the…

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The Lightbringers: Herbs for Brightening Dark Winter Days

Looking up into the skies, this week we will witness darkness envelop the stars for the longest time of the year, for we’ve finally reached the shortest day here in the northern hemisphere, winter solstice. Solstice in Latin means sol (“sun”) and sistere (“to stand still”) which demonstrates how the sun is at its turning…

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Aromatic Plants & Resins as Medicine

A little clay pot holding a single coal burns some homemade incense, wafting a rich scent of frankincense and myrrh into the dry air. I feel a sense of clearness as I take a deep breath in, feeling the herbs penetrate my lungs and pierce deep into my spirit. A sense of calm washes over me…

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An Herbal Formula for an Embarrassing Condition

I always like to say that every client you see is a chapter in your experiential book of learning herbal medicine. And that is the very best book you can get to learn about how to use plants effectively. Recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to treat a condition I’d never treated before… hemorrhoids.…

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Spagyrics: Ancient Medicine for the Modern World

The world needs healing right now more than ever. And not just patching up symptoms and definitely not suppressing them- we all need deep healing within our bodies, minds, hearts and souls. We need healing that will reconnect us with our true nature internally, as well as the natural world externally. This is desperately needed…

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Fire: The Element of Transformation

Most people think the first step in creating a spagyric herbal extract is the separation of the volatile Sulfur of the plant. To translate that into something understandable, that means distillation of the essential oils. But I beg to differ!! To me, the first step in creating a spagyric isn’t distilling the essential oils, or…

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The Magnetic Power of Plants as Teachers + Healers

I recently had the honor of being featured on the Feed Your Wild podcast, sharing about my perspective & story around working with plant medicine, healing and living as a human on this earth at this time. In this interview, I share stories around the personal process of my own healing and what walking the plant…

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Herbs to Support the Heart in Times of Grief

“Grief expressed out loud, whether in or out of character, un-choreographed and honest, for someone we have lost, or a country or home we have lost, is in itself the greatest praise we could ever give them. Grief is praise, because it is the natural way love honors what it misses.”   -Martine Prechtel Grief is…

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One of the Most Important Ways to Learn Herbalism That Has Nothing To Do With Books

There’s one critical key to truly understanding healing & herbalism that has nothing to do with what you’ll read in a book. This foundational element will deepen your connection to herbs and your understanding of how they work, which overall will make you a better herbalist (which is what you want, right?!) But before I…

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