The Normalcy of Nature in Otherwise Odd Times

The Normalcy of Nature in Otherwise Odd Times 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 eastern plains of New...

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...

Rocky Mountain Medicinal Mushrooms – Puffballs 101

Rocky Mountain Medicinal Mushrooms - Puffballs 101   Did you know that mushrooms are more closely related to animals than to plants? Or, that what we generally refer to as a “mushroom” is actually the reproductive apparatus of the fungus? We don’t usually see the...

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...
Bioregional Herbalism

Bioregional Herbalism

The Beauty of the Bioregional Approach to Your Herbal Practice: 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 traditions we are...

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Going Deeper with Pedicularis

Going Deeper with Pedicularis

Going Deeper with Pedicularis: 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 of tension in...

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Connecting with Our Heritage Through Herbs

Connecting with Our Heritage Through Herbs

Connecting with Our Heritage Through Herbs: 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 backyard herbs in warm...

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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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