Monographs & Musings
Larrea tridentata, photo by Becki Garza
Rosalee de la Forêt shares this top notch and extremely thorough monograph on Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
An excellent idea for creating an herbal study guide of plant samples by Celia Linnemann
The Mountain Rose blogs talks about the importance of protecting American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) in the wild, and also shares a useful description of the different types of Holy Basil (Ocimum spp.).
This is an absolutely brilliant article by Michael Vertolli on the importance of ethically harvesting Chaga (Inonotus obliquus). An important read for anyone interested in harvesting medicinal mushrooms.
Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh shares this wonderful monograph on Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) with a couple of recipes to boot.
This lovely little ditty by Carol Little talks about the health benefits of Goldenrod.
Cathy Skipper features a gorgeous article on natural cultivation and using plants to heal one another.
This fantastic article on Creosote (Larrea spp.) by Becki Garza features a nice mix of historical and medicinal info.
Katerina Pozzi shares her lexicon of herbal preparations in this excellent resource for beginners.
Herbal Recipes & DIY Tutorials
Eschscholzia californica, photo by Katerina Pozzi
This is a fantastic resource for understanding herbal energetics and learning when and how to use herbs: Rosalee de la Forêt has developed this very practical flavour wheel and “cheat sheet” on how to use herbs.
A great guide on harvesting your own seaweed comes from Leaf of Wild Plant Forager
Rebecca Altman shares this lovely and poetic article on the power of seeds, along with a recipe for making your own Nettle Salt
Yarrow Willard of Harmonic Arts shares this great video tutorial on making your own Elderberry syrup
A dose of inspiration for your next tea blend; Celia Linneman shares this article on intuitive herbal tea blending.
Never make a boring potato salad again with Butter’s awesome recipe for Purslane Potato Salad.
You’ll really enjoy this handy guide to tea blending from Mountain Rose, which includes a very practical tea blending guide infographic.
I had a chance to write this article on using herbs from your spice rack to support the immune system, as well as this tutorial on how to make your own sugar-free Elderberry jam.
If you have a new infant, or are interested in postpartum care, then look no further than Jessica’s Natural Health and Prevention site, where she shares this great article on herbs for gassy infants, as well as an excellent series on postpartum herbal support for stress and sleep, milk support, and nutrient herbs.
Learn why Parsley is more than just a garnish with Rosalee de la Forêt’s recipe for Parsley Pesto.
There have been a number of articles on making your own deodorant this month. If you’re looking for good DIY deodorant recipes, then check out these sites: Fresh Picked Beauty, Good Works Wellness, and Frugally Sustainable
This is a great (and timely) tutorial on how to save seeds from Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh
Studies & Research
Allium sativum, photo by Mélanie Pulla
Garlic is featured for its ability to lower blood pressure.
Turmeric extract is shown to have a significant effect on pancreatic tumors.
Flax Seed demonstrates a preventative and protective effect against breast cancer.
Interviews & Community
Jesse Hardin’s book The Plant Healer’s Path gets a thorough review and thumbs up from Herb Geek as a very important must-read manifesto for herbalists.
Ann Armbrecht of Numen Film features this absolutely fantastic interview on ecological medicine with Kenny Ausubel.
BlackHeart Radio talks with Sean Donahue about activism, plant allies, healing, and magic
Wise Woman Radio interviews Robin Rose Bennett about the gifts of medicinal plants