• Materia Medica: Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

      I still laugh out loud thinking about the Leaves and Roots customer back in the 90s who legally changed her name to “Verbascum” after a long love affair with the plant ally Mullein. We all lovingly called her Verbie for short, and really, who could blame her? This roadside “weed” is abundant in temperate climates and brings such profound medicine with a gentle strength, no wonder she adopted its moniker as her own in homage. . Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is a prolific plant of European origin that grows abundantly in disturbed soils, roadsides, and meadows throughout most of the temperate United States. This biennial plant is most easily identified by its…

  • Answer the call of the Plants – Community Herbalist Program

      Have you been called by the plants into service? … amazed and transformed by the wisdom of the plants …. desire to share their teachings with others? Our Community Herbalist Program can help be the guide on your continuing path with the plants. The Community Herbalist Program is an nine-month journey into the world of professional herbalism. We deeply explore the herbs in our Materia Medica, and the herbs in the wild around us through research, presentations, and plant walks. We guide our family and the community, supervised by professional herbalists, to grow more confident in our sharing of this wisdom with others. Community Herbalist Program includes rich, guided hands-on study,…

  • Materia Medica: Mullein

    Materia Medica: Mullein – Verbascum thapsus Parts Used: Leaves (respiratory), Roots (skeletal), Flowers (ear infections) How have YOU used mullein? Leave us a note in the comments below.

  • Addressing the Root: Smoke Alarm Analogy

    How does holistic health address concerns differently than the modern medical paradigm? One example is the holistic approach of addresses root causes, not just symptoms. Learn more about this perspective in this week’s video on the ‘smoke alarm analogy’. This video is from our Roots of Herbalism home study course. If you like what you hear and are craving more, join us for our March Roots of Herbalism in Orlando, our April Roots of Herbalism in Fort Lauderdale, or enroll in our home study course to learn more about healing herbs any time from the comfort of your own home.

  • Materia Medica: Black Cohosh

    In this week’s blog post we take a visit to Rosemary Gladstar’s Sage Mountain Herbal Center in Vermont from Summer 2015 and visit one of our northern plant allies, Black Cohosh (Cimcifuga racemosa)   More info on Black Cohosh can be found at this Materia Medica monograph from David Hoffmann.   How have you used Black Cohosh? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Goldenseal with Herbalist Kathleen Maier

    We enjoyed a lovely summer afternoon at Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, Virginia with herbalist Kathleen Maier, keynote speaker for the 2016 Florida Herbal Conference in February. Here Kathleen shares about one of her favorite plants, Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis). She encourages us all to explore ways to fit Goldenseal into our gardens.   * Florida residents, please note, if you live in Central or South Florida, our hot climate is not well-suited for the cultivation of Goldenseal.

  • Materia Medica: Spanish Needle

    Spanish needle is a ubiquitous weed and potent plant medicine. If you live in the South, you likely have it in your yard! It’s a food, medicine, and amazing pollinator food. Learn more about the video above, and share with us the comments how YOU use Spanish needle!

  • Materia Medica: Camphor

    Learn more about the ubiquitous Central Florida invasive tree, Camphor, in this week’s Materia Medica video. How do YOU use Camphor? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Materia Medica: Feverfew

    Today’s Materia Medica introduces Feverfew, an herbaceous medicinal known for preventing headaches. Have you worked with Feverfew before? What was your experience? Leave us your feedback in the comments below.

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