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A Survivor’s Guide to the Essential Oil Craze

“People who know me, know I love America and Americans, but on the question of essential oils, I am knocked to the ground by the method of selling and exploiting these precious plant medicines and by the conflict that seems to exist within the aromatherapy world itself. It makes me very sad.” ~ French Herbalist, … Continue reading

The Great Forgetting

Last weekend I gave a talk on Plant Spirit Medicine at a local UU church in Oxford, MS.  I was invited by the congregation and was so honored to be asked!  In the process of preparing for my presentation, I made a realization about Jesus that I hadn’t before. Of course, they are a very … Continue reading

Food Security in Mississippi

Dustin & Ali with Joel Salatin “… the way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world. Daily, our eating turns nature into culture, transforming the body of the world into our bodies and minds.” ~ Michael Pollen, author of Omnivore’s Dilemma This post is for food lovers, locavores, regenerative agriculture buffs, … Continue reading

Restoryation of our Egosystem

  Political cartoon, Russia, late 1800s I’ve always been disturbed by cultures steeped too deeply in their hum-drum, human-made histories. It’s almost as if they are in a trance. Certain cultures cling to these histories more than they do the need for clean water or clean air. I find this to be very toxic. I … Continue reading

Recent Interview with Project Illum

Recently, I was interviewed by Project Illum, a team working to create an eco-healing retreat center in a the village of Jafre in Spain.  They inquired about the nature of my work and what I wish to see in a project of that scale.  I posted this interview here, on my blog, as I thought … Continue reading

Late Summer Tummy Love

Jook Late Summer arrived near the beginning of August.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a rare type of ancestral medicine that has remained quite flexible and integrated, Late Summer is one of its five seasons.  It falls between Summer and Fall and is time when the yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) energies are balanced.  When … Continue reading

Summer Peach Chutney (lacto-fermented)

Fresh and fuzzy peaches Unfortunately, these beauties are one of the most sprayed fruits in the US.  So, always wash and peel (sigh, as if that really does anything) and buy organic (ask the farmer if they are chemical-free!) whenever possible!  Below, I have a lacto-fermented peach chutney recipe for you.  But, first — a … Continue reading

Forest Munchers

Giant Spotted Leopard Moth There is a period in early Spring where the forests are simply crawling with hungry caterpillars.  They are literally everywhere.  Butterfly and moth caterpillars alike — they are devouring the forest.  And, there does seem to be plenty to go around.  It’s just a little rough when they target my edibles.  … Continue reading

Butter is Better

In early Spring the ancient Celts (the women actually) would take their cows up to high pasture on the mountains where fresh snow had just melted.  The first tendrils of spring would make their way through the melting snow as an offering to their way of life.  The cows would feed on these early spring … Continue reading