Gifts of Summer: from Garden Delights to Edible Herbs and Flowers

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are […]

Cordyceps: A Medicinal Mushroom with Countless Uses

Before moving to Oregon almost three years ago, my friend and I participated in a mycological foray at the Washington Crossing State Park in Western Jersey. After an hour and little to show for our foraging efforts, we were about to lose hope when we finally came across three super-sized Grifola. I couldn’t carry the […]

Rosehip Tea from Bush to Belly

As autumn gently brings cooler temperatures and shorter days, it also provides us with several medicines that will prove quite useful during the winter ahead. The berries of the Rosa species rosebush, a.k.a. rosehips, are a potent emotional and physical medicine. As part of my namesake, the Rose is a very well loved plant. Along […]

Cottonwood as a Remedy for Coughs, Colds, and Pain Relief

As I write this, it is warm and unseasonably dry, on the eve of the Spring Equinox in Ashland. The forsythia, plums, and daffodils are all flowering in their glory. There’s much goose activity overhead, and the cottonwood buds are at their peak – not quite open, oozing with their yellow-orange resin that some call […]

Devil’s Club for Diabetes

Devil’s Club (Oplopanax horridum) is a rather obscure but increasingly popular member of the ginseng plant family. Oplopanax contains a balsamic (essential oil component) which differentiates it from Eleuthero (Siberian ginseng) and Panax (American ginseng). Not to be confused with Devil’s Claw, a desert plant native to southern Africa, Devil’s Club primarily dwells in the […]

Adaptogens: New Conceptions and Uses, Personal Insights and Recent Advances

The Impact of Stress on Health Though the current model of conventional medicine would have us think otherwise, humans, like plants, and all living beings, differ from machines and are not meant to merely function. We are living in a mechanistic world, that turns us more into functioning machines, rather than the spirited beings that […]

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