Preparing for Spring Allergies

Preparing for Spring Allergies

Every year I forget I have spring allergies (don’t ask how this is possible). I think about it in December, usually, and that feels a bit too early to begin the mega doses of herbs and making the diet changes necessary to defend my body from trifling pollen...
Flowers in Spring Bloom

Flowers in Spring Bloom

So let’s not just overshadow the really obvious fact that these flowers, while typically the first to bloom, are a *tiny* bit early this year. The photos posted below were actually taken at the end of January. I have been slightly worried as thoughts of a...
The Green of Winter (2011)

The Green of Winter (2011)

In December my sweetie and I went for a walk in the Carolina North Forest in Carrboro. It was bright and sunny and one of those unusual warm days…that are becoming less and less unusual I suppose. When looking out around the forest, it seemed dry and dormant....
Black Cohosh Harvest

Black Cohosh Harvest

This week my good friend Nick Fox and I headed out into the falling leaves to harvest Black Cohosh rhizome and root (Actea racemosa, formerly Cimicifuga racemosa).  As it is late in the season, much of the green above ground parts have already begun fading into...
Pisgah National Forest Spring Wildflowers

Pisgah National Forest Spring Wildflowers

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend a day-long workshop on The Nervous System as well as a plant walk led by 7Song, the director of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine.  7Song has been running his school in Ithaca, NY for 13 years and is also the...