Cultivating Mental Health During the Pandemic Winter

Cultivating Mental Health During the Pandemic Winter ...in the midst of horrorwe fed on beauty—and that,my love, is what sustained us. — Rita Dove, “Transit" To cultivate mental health during the pandemic winter, the first thing is to avoid categorizing feelings as...

Make Incense + Inspire Wisdom + Invite Blessings

Let’s have some fun and get our hands dirty outside and in the kitchen. With viral concerns lurking everywhere and most of us spending more of our lives at home, it’s a great time to make some incense that will improve the quality of our living space and purify our...

Pandemic Garden

Pandemic Garden: Throughout history the role of gardens has been shaped by cultural viewpoints and conditions specific to the time. Extensive wild-spirited gardens helped ancient people to begin building sedentary societies, develop new lifestyles, improve nutrition,...

COVID-19 Support

Perspective on COVID-19 Home Health Preparations: March 22, 2020   Strange times indeed…. Unless we remember that humans have been through similar situations before. In fact, we are the descendants of people who have survived terrifying outbreaks of the past...
Ecological Herbalism

Ecological Herbalism

Ecological Herbalism: 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... Ecological...

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Wild-Spirited Gardening

Wild-Spirited Gardening

Wild-Spirited Gardening: 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 canyons singing...

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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: 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 agreements, and...

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Going Deeper with Yerba Mansa

Going Deeper with Yerba Mansa

Going Deeper with Yerba Mansa: 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 pigments from...

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Herbal Tales from The Chihuahua Desert

Herbal Tales from The Chihuahua Desert

Herbal Tales from The Chihuahua Desert: 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 springtime one feels...

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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: 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 that competes...

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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: 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 endeavors I am...

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Rising from the Desert Mountain: Herbs of the Sandias

Rising from the Desert Mountain: Herbs of the Sandias

Rising from the Desert Mountain: Herbs of the Sandias: Standing in the center of New Mexico is a mountain range unlike any other. The Sandia Mountains and their southward extension of fault block uplift known as the Manzano Mountains are a unique amalgam of several...

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Herbal Shorts from the Rio Grande Bosque

Herbal Shorts from the Rio Grande Bosque

Herbal Shorts from the Rio Grande Bosque: If you haven't figured out that I love the Rio Grande Bosque by now, you are falling behind. I've already written about lovely Yerba Mansa and her companion Cottonwood, but what about all those other plants hiding away in the...

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Rio Grande Cottonwood ~ Matriarch of the Bosque

Rio Grande Cottonwood ~ Matriarch of the Bosque

Rio Grande Cottonwood, Matriarch of the Bosque: The Cottonwood tree (Populus deltoides wislizenii) is the deeply rooted and life-sustaining matriarch of the Rio Grande Bosque. Our Bosque is a riparian woodland ecosystem with its origins dating back millions of years....

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Seri Plant Ways from Sonora Mexico

Seri Plant Ways from Sonora Mexico

Seri Plant Ways from Sonora Mexico: The Seris, or Comcaac, are a group of hunter-gatherer people from the coastal region of Sonora Mexico. They have lived in close relationship to both the desert and sea while remaining largely independent and traditional in their...

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