wild foods feast, part 1: intro + dandelion!

i’ve been devoting a lot of time and energy lately to the natural motherhood series, and while i’m going to be continuing that as normal, i wanted to branch out and offer something that would appeal to the un-pregnant majority (a complete assumption) of my readership.  i was thinking about what i could add to my current series, which include the wheel of the year, natural motherhood, and herbal preparations, and my husband ingeniously suggested a series on wild edibles.  yum yum! Read the rest of this entry »


safe and natural vitamin c serum

of all the products that we slather on ourselves day in and day out, those geared toward defying age, gravity, wrinklage, sundamage, and basically time in general are the ones that seem to be loaded with the most unidentifiable chemical ingredients.  have an age-defying cosmetic product?  turn it over and read the label.  does it contain propylparaben (a known endocrine disruptor and environmental pollutant)?  how about triethanolamine (a known respiratory and immune system toxicant that’s also damaging to the eyes and other sensory organs)?  and butylparaben (a neurotoxin that influences gene expression)?  or what about my particular favorite, “fragrance” (a common component that is not required by law to disclose its ingredients at all)? Read the rest of this entry »

KOMBUCHA!! da-da dada-da-da da-da…

(for those of you who for some odd reason did not intuit this already, my title is to be sung to the tune of “tequila”)

over the past several years, i’ve developed an unhealthy obsession with kombucha (if you can have an unhealthy obsession with something so healthy), oftentimes paying up to $4.50 for a 20 oz bottle of the stuff.  the first time i tried kombucha, i didn’t really like it.  it’s very, very sour….almost vinegar-y.  and it’s got strange floating things in it that look like they should probably be strained out before any human being comes near it.  Read the rest of this entry »

good sources for herbs and supplies

one of the many joys (insert sarcasm here) about living in a small southern town is that there are very few local resources when it comes to fresh, quality herbal products.  sure you can get some out of this world basil from the snow’s bend farm stand at our local farmer’s market, and sure if you really know what you’re doing you can wildcraft your own plants, but when it comes to the bulk of a budding herbalist’s needs, you really need to know where to turn for quality products.

*note:  when i say “herbalist” i don’t only mean someone who has gone through years of school and now treats clients–I also mean women who know to treat their own bladder infections with cranberry and moms who know that fennel tea will help their breast milk let down.  we’re all herbalists to some extent 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

it’s better than tea–it’s an infusion!

one of the very first herbal preparations that i was ever introduced to was susun weed’s herbal infusion.  an infusion is like a tea, but stronger, and it’s a great substitute for your daily multi-vitamin!  with infusions, you can draw both the nutritive (vitamins, minerals, chorophyll, essential fatty acids, etc.) and the medicinal (tannins, alkaloids, flavonoids, etc.) properties from dried herbs, and in much larger amounts than a fifteen-minute-steep tea. Read the rest of this entry »