Oaks: Acorns, Flour, Perspective

by Donna O'Donovan   Acorns from Oaks  +  Making Acorn Flour  +  Oaks in Perspective The English words for flower and flour come from the old French word flor or flour. This means blossom or the finest thing. Such as a flower can be. The ground flour from wheat, rye,...

On Healing: A Gardener’s Perspective

In the author’s garden, mounds of Wormwood, Bee Balm, Sage and Lavender benefit from peripheral shade and dense plantings; the Pollinators have a buffet of nectars and pollens to choose from.On Healing: A Gardener’s Perspective by Asha Canalos A couple of years ago, I...

The Normalcy of Nature in Otherwise Odd Times

The Normalcy of Nature in Otherwise Odd Times by Dara Saville Some people say they fell in love as their eyes met with their partner’s across a crowded room. They describe it as love at first sight. I know what that is like. Stopping at a roadside pullout in the...

Artemisia: Excerpt from The Ecology of Herbal Medicine

Artemisia/Sage: The Ecology of Herbal Medicine The following is an excerpt from Dara Saville's new book The Ecology of Herbal Medicine: A Guide to Plants and Living Landscapes of the American Southwest from the University of New Mexico Press (2021).  Artemisia...
Desert Aromatics of the American Southwest

Desert Aromatics of the American Southwest

Desert Aromatics of the American Southwest by Dara Saville Aromatic plants have been an integral part of landscapes and human cultures, playing important ecological and ceremonial roles since the beginning of history and beyond. The deserts of the American Southwest...

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The Teachings of Saxifrage and Orchid

The Teachings of Saxifrage and Orchid

The Teachings of Saxifrage and Orchid by Dara Saville  Saxifrages and Orchids are some of the most otherworldy plants you might encounter in your herbal path. They are known primarily for their inherent beauty and not widely used in Southwestern herbal traditions....

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Bioregional Herbalism

Bioregional Herbalism

The Beauty of the Bioregional Approach to Your Herbal Practice by Dara Saville  There are many ways to practice herbalism including a multitude of traditions all over the world, each with their own plants that form the core of that herbal path. No matter what...

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Going Deeper with Pedicularis

Going Deeper with Pedicularis

Going Deeper with Pedicularis by Dara Saville There is undoubtedly a deeply alluring quality to Pedicularis plants that has drawn the attention of many herbalists and plant lovers of all kinds. For some, it is simply recovery for overworked muscles or the relaxation...

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Connecting with Our Heritage Through Herbs

Connecting with Our Heritage Through Herbs

Connecting with Our Heritage Through Herbs by Dara Saville As a young girl, I heard my great-grandmother tell stories about growing up during the early 1900s and being an adult in the depression era. One of these stories included a tale of how her mother drank...

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Ecological Herbalism

Ecological Herbalism

Ecological Herbalism by Dara Saville Every herbalist has a unique approach to their practice. For me, its all about learning lessons directly from the land. Here's one way to cultivate a deeper understanding of place and plant medicine... [gallery...

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Wild-Spirited Gardening

Wild-Spirited Gardening

Wild-Spirited Gardening by Dara Saville The magic of wilderness allures herbalists everywhere. There is nothing like walking through misty woodlands on a cool spring morning with beloved plants emerging from their winter slumber or strolling through familiar desert...

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Aligning with Invasive Trees as Herbal Medicine

Aligning with Invasive Trees as Herbal Medicine

Aligning with Invasive Trees as Herbal Medicine by Dara Saville Walking the urban sidewalks, riparian woodlands, and other forested areas around your home you may have noticed that the effects of globalization are not limited to fashion styles, international trade...

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Going Deeper with Yerba Mansa

Going Deeper with Yerba Mansa

Going Deeper with Yerba Mansa by Dara Saville I will never forget the moment I realized that The Rio Grande Bosque and I were one in the same. Walking along on a lovely Autumn day, the scent of Yerba Mansa filled the air and the muted light brought out all the yellow...

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Herbal Tales from The Chihuahua Desert

Herbal Tales from The Chihuahua Desert

Herbal Tales from The Chihuahua Desert by Dara Saville The northern Chihuahua Desert is a striking land filled with surprises of all sizes from an unending and humbling skyscape to the plethora of small flowers obscured by the grandeur of the place. Even in the...

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For the Love of Weeds ~ Wild Lettuce and Company

For the Love of Weeds ~ Wild Lettuce and Company

For the Love of Weeds: Wild Lettuce and Company by Dara Saville A weed by almost any account... What do we mean when we call a plant a 'weed'? Usually that indicates a plant that is growing where we don't want it to be, a plant that spreads prolifically, or a plant...

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Herbalism in the Crossroads of the Southwest

Herbalism in the Crossroads of the Southwest

Herbalism in the Crossroads of the Southwest by Dara Saville  Welcoming in another new year often involves reflecting on the past and considering where we would like to go in the coming year. This post reveals those reflections and illuminates the background for the...

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