Deforestation, Gut Health, & Microbes

What does deforestation have to do with human health? Here’s what I think. When I went through psychosis back in 2001, I met brick walls when trying to get help from doctors. I was terrified for my life, severely depressed, having heart palpitations, losing sleep, experiencing dizzy spells and tingling in my eyelids and lips, … Continue reading

Cheater Chai: The Spicy Sequel

Yes, the hit movie has been Traditional Chai for many, many years…ahem…well, centuries, really.  As it should be.  Chai spices should be simmered in water to really get all the elegant tastes to bloom in your mouth later when sipped.  If you want your chai to give you a little gitty-up, black tea should be … Continue reading

Resources for Healing Whiteness

Ever since my health crisis back in 2001, in which I was plunged into my subconscious and the tattered subconscious of our culture (it was gruesome)…I have been walking the path of remembering…remembering what has been lost and what has been wounded…and what is begging us to be reclaimed… One of the main themes of … Continue reading

5 Years Back in Mississippi

“Go out in the woods, go out. If you don’t go out in the woods nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run with the Wolves I’m feeling nostalgic about the 5 years I spent in Mississippi before moving back to California last year. I left … Continue reading

Full Moon Fragrance, Kyphi Incense

I know it may look like a fresh pile of flattened dung…but this actually smells heavenly.  This is my recent kyphi incense creation…  Ever since I learned how to make this in 2013, through a blog written by herbalist, Kiva Rose…I’ve made it a point to collect extra resin that I see oozing from a … Continue reading

Zoe’s Superfood Pistachio “Fudge”

I’ve been experimenting with snack foods for my little one.  She is almost 13 months, now.  And, she’s beginning to be picky, all of a sudden.  She’s always up for meat…not so much for veggies. So, I’ve been exploring ways to be a sneaky chef.  Lately, I’ve been wanting to increase iron, protein, and Vit … Continue reading

Medicine Wheel Practices

I finally have the medicine wheel bandanas in my hands.  These mobile, contemplative, folk art pieces were printed with soy-based ink (dark teal) on organic cotton bandanas (natural color). In my last post on the medicine wheel, I didn’t include information on the handout that comes with each bandana.  I’ve written out a few practices … Continue reading

Ye Ole Formulas from My Apothecary Days

As some of you may know, I ran a wild-harvested, hand-crafted herbal apothecary for almost five years in Mississippi from 2013-2017 called Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary.  I created and ran the apothecary with another herbalist for the first two years, Mandi Sanders, a wonderful herbalist. At the apothecary, we crafted Mississippi’s (and one of the … Continue reading