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Wart Story: Blistering Beatles vs. Vinegar

…a little story about the virtues of a common household item, vinegar…the discomfort of the blister beetle, and the ridiculousness of our medical system (anyone experienced the tangled web that is our health care?)… I’ll try to make this short (insert Pinocchio’s growing nose here). As you all know, I’m an herbalist. If I can … 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

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

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

Pistachio Purslane Pesto

I don’t know why I haven’t thought of this before.  A traditional pesto recipe has the green goodness of sweet basil that requires the zing of a little lemon juice. Enter purslane, stage right. Purslane is THE Omega-3 powerhouse of the plant kingdom.  It also has a slightly sour taste to it, making it an … Continue reading

Motherhood and the New Ring on My Tree

It’s finally springtime.  And, I’m feeling the warm sun thawing the last, cold-knuckled grip of winter.  I have never been so ready for spring (clutches table in front of me and locks you in a exasperated stare). My little one, born in late October, is now 5 months old.  Through the short days and long … Continue reading

Privet & the Healing Potential of Invasive Species

Privet (Ligustrum sinense) I just survived the privet trimming. Of course, this dance with privet (and what a wild dance as it grows like crazy) got me thinking about the traditional use of this plant as well as new scientific information coming out about it. I’ve always had a thing for invasive plants.  In my … Continue reading