The Medicine of Ponderosa Pine

The smell of pine needles warming in the sunshine hits any forest wanderer with a wave of sweet, balsamic richness that awakens the olfactory senses while simultaneously bringing about a distinct feeling of tranquility. I’m talking about a walk through a ponderosa pine forest, a place that emanates love and support. A place where worries and anxieties melt…

Herbs for a Healthy Cycle

PMS. It can be difficult, unmanageable, unpredictable and very common for many women. But just because this variety of symptoms we call PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) is common, does not mean that it is normal. Nor do these symptoms have to be endured as a normal part of your life every month. PMS and the symptoms…

Fireweed; a Conversation with a Colonizer Plant

Wildfires reshape the land in a vast and sweeping manner, and in the wake of destruction, we proclaim things like, ” What will the land look like after this fire!? It will be charred, barren, dead.. nothing left.” But we humans also reshape the land in expansive ways. Ways that involve machines that roll over the…

Valerian and the Moon

Her flowers are small and delicate, inconspicuous. Which says nothing about her strength, for she is potent. Her name is Valerian (Valeriana spp.) Her medicinal roots are renowned for their strong, distinct smell and sedative effect. Many say the smell is reminiscent of dirty socks and they can’t stand the taste, but I actually enjoy…

Nourishing Yourself With Nettles

I have a new routine in my life that I have really come to love, it involves a very special herb…no surprise there I’m sure. This routine…let’s call it a nourishing ritual of sorts, is the preparation and later the drinking of a very strongly steeped nettle tea. I brought this ritual into my life…

Seed Cycling for Hormone Health

  Admittedly,  sometimes I have a really difficult time embracing my primal feminine energy and loving my moon cycle and all of the creative forces it’s supposed to bring, when I am suffering from things like painful cystic hormonal acne. This is one of my red flags when it comes to hormonal imbalance rearing it’s…

Hawthorne and the Spiritual Heart

” The way is not in the sky. The way is in the Heart.” – Buddha  It’s quite clear; heart disease is rampant in our culture today, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 600,000 people die of…

Make It Yourself: Elderberry Syrup

On a recent trip to the Kootenays, I was pleasantly surprised to see the elderberries still very abundant. Windows down, CBC radio playing and the warm October sun on my face, I headed south towards Nelson, BC. Every time I passed an elderberry bush, leafless but heavy with bunches of the dusty blue berries, I…

Home is where your heart is

Looking up at the grey sky as I turn over in my cozy bed, I think that today is a day for slowing down, for going within. Today is for sleeping in, just a little bit longer.. Today is for slow yoga postures, stretching like a lazy cat by the warm fire, deep breaths and…

Finding Devil’s Club

Everyone was saying it, “It sure is a bear grass year!” That is was, this spectacular sight was one not to be missed. Bear grass in full bloom all along the side of the highway in the Seeley-Swan valley of Northwestern Montana. Mats of this thick grass covered the forest floor, in the centre of…

Miss Sweet’s Bee Balm Infused Honey

The pasture where I go for the occasional run has turned out to be one of the best spots close to the house for wildcrafting possibilities, I’ve seen so many herbs come and go throughout the seasons. It really is special to spend time in a place long enough that you get to see lots of…

Introducing Wild Iris

I was drawn to it a few months back, the flower essence of Wild Iris that is. She spoke to me in the way that plants do, quietly, subtly. That’s how they are and if you listen, I mean really listen, you can hear them. It’s a ‘feel it with your intuition’ kind of conversation. Flower…