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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In our modern lives full of busyness and distraction, we often forget that being well, at its core, lies through the most basic practice: preventative care. Sure, there are medicines we need for acute situations that we might not necessarily take every day. But many of the herbs that we take for modern ills like stress, fatigue, etc. must be taken regularly, over time to create a positive shift in our body. Learn more about herbs for preventative care on the blog.
It seemed as if summer would never end this year. And, oh, how I wish it would linger! But as it always does, Fall has arrived. The summer rains have come and gone, the edges of leaves fade into yellow and red, and the Goldenrod continues to grow up towards the heavens, pouring gold from its petals.
Fire Cider is a traditional folk remedy for colds, flus, fevers, and preventative care. This immune-boosting tonic is essentially a sweet and spicy infused vinegar, packed with powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and circulatory herbs. Read more to check out our recipe for this folk favorite!
Motherwort is one of those plants that I had heard of in passing but truthfully didn’t know much about…as soon as I encountered her, I fell head over heels! I have personally been working with and growing Motherwort since March of this year and am so grateful for her medicine and teachings. Learn more about Motherwort and her supportive role as an energetic and physical medicine in this plant profile.