Dara’s Herbal

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Dara teaching a free herbalism class at The Source Community Garden ~ Photo by Jessi T. Walsh

Join me here for recipes and ramblings on herbal health and vitality including plant medicine, wild food, body products, and contemplations on wilderness and gardens ~

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Recent Topics:

Connecting With Our Heritage Through Herbs

Ecological Herbalism

Wild-Spirited Gardening

Aligning with Invasive Trees as Herbal Medicine

Going Deeper With Yerba Mansa

Herbal Tales from the Chihuahua Desert

For the Love of Weeds ~ Wild Lettuce & Company

Herbalism in the Crossroads of the Southwest

Rising from the Desert Mountain: Herbs of the Sandias

Herbal Shorts from the Rio Grande Bosque

Pedicularis ~ Community Coordinator, Muscular Medicine, and Gateway to Oneself

Rio Grande Cottonwood ~ Matriarch of the Bosque

Seri Plant Ways from Sonora Mexico

The Medicine Wreath ~ Health and Ceremony

Yerba Mansa ~ Medicine of the Bosque

Prickly Pears ~ Autumn’s Harvest

Gentian Felwort Star

Keep Learning: See Dara’s full length herbal essays and photography in Plant Healer Magazine and its free supplemental newsletter, Herbaria.

  • Rivers, Restoration, and Hope for Medicinal Plants Part 2: Emerging Plant Communities (Fall 2017)
  • Rivers, Restoration, and Hope for Medicinal Plants Part 1: Understanding Threats to Riparian Ecosystems (Summer 2017)
  • Drought, Climate Change, and Medicinal Plants in the Anthropocene (Spring 2017)
  • Saxifrage and Orchid: How Herbal Health Emanates from Within (Winter 2016)
  • Ecological Herbalism for a Deeper Understanding of Place and Plant Medicine (Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference Class Essays 2016)
  • Ecological Herbalism Part 2: Monarda and the Desert Mountain (Fall 2016)
  • On Behalf of Plants: Herbal Activism Through Restoration (Summer 2016)
  • Ecological Herbalism Part 1: Larrea and the Desert Grasslands (Spring 2016)
  • Desert Aromatics and Plant Ways of the Seris in Sonora Mexico (Winter 2015)
  • The Beauty of a Bioregional Approach to Your Herbal Practice (Fall 2015)
  • Herbalist Interview (Herbaria, 7/2015)
  • Yerba Mansa and the Rio Grande Bosque (excerpt published in Herbaria 3/2015 and full length essay in Plant Healer Magazine Summer 2015 )
  • Connecting With Our Heritage Through Herbs: Turn of the Century Herbalism in America (Spring 2015)
  • Medicine of the Mountains: Reflections on the Wild Beauty of Alpine Herbs (Pedicularis and Gentian) (Winter 2014)
  • Alumroot and Allies: Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Southwest (published in Herbaria, 10/2014)
  • Two Tenets of Sustainable Herbalism: Weeds and Commoners (Fall 2014)
  • Gardening Natives (Summer 2014)
  • Practicing Herbalism in the Crossroads of the Southwest (Plant Healer Magazine Spring 2014 and Herbaria 3/2017)

Dara is also a contributing author to the recently published Plant Healer books: