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...
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...

On Yellowroot: from the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

Yellowroot Yellowroot’s elegant, subtle maroon flowers are just emerging in March in the mountains of North Carolina. This native shrub in the buttercup family prefers the dappled sunlight and silty soils of the streamside and floodplain, but will tolerate drier soil...
Wild Spring Greens Pesto

Wild Spring Greens Pesto

On Friday, Sadie and I discovered some very unusual seeds as we planted the rest of my herb garden in her front yard.  I had never planted Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) and the seeds are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen: The range of colors and the...
Spring Awakenings

Spring Awakenings

There are some really gorgeous plants in bloom right now in Greensboro, NC…some of the first flowers to show themselves before things start to really turn green.  They are such a treat when things are still brown and crunchy.  Here are a few of my favorites,...