Astrology as a Tool for Healing

As an Herbalist, the study of Astrology has helped me to understand a key aspect of Traditional Western Herbalism – medical astrology. This seemingly lost art of constitutional theory and treatment is the backbone of our herbal lineage. It weaves into Vitalism with such intricacy and allows us to more effectively match people with plants, as well as understand the properties of plants themselves. I can't quite explain how influential learning Astrology has been in my journey as an Herbalist and person. But, I can share with you resources to help you take this step on the ever-winding path of self-exploration.

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Understanding the Language of Nature

Can you believe it's April already? I'm looking out my window right now and am just in awe over how green the world continues to get with each passing day. The springtime energy of Aries is so prevalent in the natural world right now! There is a sense of bursting forth in the plant life, with trees seemingly exploding with leaves in an instant...energetically in my own body I am feeling a sense of renewed force of will, like I can accomplish anything now that the springtime fire has been re-lit within.

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Herbal Allies for the Return of Spring

Ah, the quickening of Spring. This time of rebirth in the natural world began in February and continues to flourish as we approach the Spring Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere. As such, the winter chill has begun to thaw, the forest floor is dotted with beautiful blooms of spring ephemerals, and more greenery surrounds us with each passing day. In this blog post, learn more about herbal actions and wild medicinals to help you transition from winter to spring.

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A Recipe for Restoration

Maybe it's the cold, dreary weather or maybe it's our entrance into Pisces season, but all I know is that I'd very much like to stay in bed for as long as possible, spend hours of the day drinking tea and reading, and all around devoting more time to rest. With that in mind, here is one of my favorite restorative herbal tea recipes: Tulsi Nettle Chai.

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Herbalism as Sacred Remembering

Have you heard the call? Do you walk through forests and hear whispers echoing through the rustles of wind-swept leaves? Does a dandelion sprouting up from the cracks in the sidewalk ignite a fire in your spirit? Are you passionate about connecting people and plants? If so, click here to learn more about the Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program and transform your love of plants into a career as a holistic herbalist.

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My New Year's "Resolution" – Embracing Clinical Practice

Hello friends, readers, and fellow explorers on the plant path. I hope you are having a wonderful start to the New Year! We spent our holiday enjoying some much needed rest, caught up on our reading (I may have purchased many more herb books to add to my bookshelf), and dreamed about what this year year would hold in store. Earlier in 2018, we sowed seeds of intention for the shifts now beginning to grow but in the meantime, we tended to the soil – so to speak – by making some big changes in how we run our business, our offerings, and much more.

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Plant Profile: Juniper

As we dive into the depths of winter, the evergreen trees are shining in all of their luscious, green glory! Including our native juniper species, Juniperus virginiana. Walking along the hedges of these gorgeous green trees and collecting their deep blue berries alongside the birds has become a winter ritual for us this year, one that I hope to continue in winters to come. In this plant profile, we take a deep dive into the expansive history of Juniper across the world through its folklore, medicinal uses, and more.

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