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Editor's Note from Leigh Glenn: Michigan herbalist Jim McDonald discusses a star tannic astringent, Geranium maculatum, otherwise known as wild geranium, or cranesbill. Unlike other plants that feature other actions in addition to astringency, such as raspberry leaf, "This plant is an astringent -- that's what it's used for... If you taste them [the rhizome], and your mouth goes, 'Keee,' you know, and tightens up and dries up, you have that visceral sensation... It's not mental remembering of facts and qualities; you have that visceral body knowledge that says, 'Astringent.'"

 

Herbology


by Suki Roth

In our quest to hold herbalism up to the scientific eye, trying to mold it into a clinical science, we have lost touch with the very essence of herbal healing. It is not the clinically tested, standardized medicinal constituents of the plants we need for vitality and balance, but their more obscure, subtle properties...

 

 

Herbalism


by Harriet Beinfield and Efram Korngold

How can we adjust our psychic and body rhythm to suit the season? What happens within us is mirrored by the natural world around us. During the frost of winter, plants submerge their lifeblood into their roots, animals thicken their hides, and ponds harden into ice. Movement slows, as matter and energy concentrate...

 

Acupuncture/TCM


by Llyn Peabody and Chris Burns

Here in the Sharing Gardens we practice a style of gardening known as "deep mulching". Just as it is rare to find bare soil in nature, in our gardens you won't find much exposed soil either...


Editor’s notes: This is a good time of year to mulch your gardens.  It will build your soil, and provide nutrients for living soil organisms that keep your plants healthy.  If you have a winter garden,  mulch will help keep your plants warm.

 

 

Think Green


by Eyton J. Shalom, MS, LAc

Winter is the time associated with long nights and short days, with cold in the sky, and moisture on land. It is the time when the energy of many plants is deep in their roots. It is normal for human beings to learn from animals and plants, and to imitate them. Winter is a time to send our energies into our own roots; it is normal to sleep a bit more, to eat some heavier warming food, to gain a bit of weight that we shed in Spring...

 

Editor's Note from Kirsten Van Nostran: This article includes some Chinese medicine tips for getting through winter.

 

Acupuncture/TCM


by Ciel Walko, LAc, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM) CTN

Here in the northern hemisphere we’re planting our gardens. This is a time of renewal and new beginnings—a time to step out from under the constraints of winter’s confines...

 

Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This article is perfect for this time of year! The author explains the importance of seasons in Chinese medicine, and how we can all balance our 'Wood' energy during Springtime. You will be feeling calm, energized, and detoxified after following these great tips.

 

Acupuncture/TCM


 

 

 

Andrea Butje, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist
 
Editor’s Note: Andrea takes you for a walk through her Aromatherapy garden highlighting her Ylang Ylang Tree and Jasmine plant.

 

 

Aromatherapy


by Elaine Rosales

Many people think that cooking oils like corn, soy, safflower, sunflower and canola are good for their health just because they’re made from vegetables or plants. But nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, these oils are probably the worst oils you can use for cooking...

 

Editor's note from Sherri Carter: Coconut oil is so versatile and good for you. It's great for the kitchen and has many personal healthcare uses, such as moisturizing dry, winter skin. It's the go to oil our home!

 

Holistic Nutrition


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