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Taste and Herbal Actions

Herbalism is more complex than matching an herb to an illness. Herbalism is matching an herb to a person. We want to use the herbal energetics of a plant to match the energetic needs of the person so that body balance is achieved. One of the categorical platforms we can use to do this is TASTE. In Western Herbalism taste is broken into 5 categories, and each category is indicative of certain actions. This protocol enables us to determine how an herb will be useful in balancing body systems. Here are the 5 taste groups; pungent, bitter, salty, sour, sweet....


Wildcrafting Horsetail and Its Uses

  Horsetail, or Equisetum varieties, can be found in riparian habitats.  As you can see here in the photos this dense community of Horsetail is growing prolifically on an island in Oak Creek.  It likes wet feet and or moist areas, so look for it when you are near water.  This variety we found is Equisetum hyemale, which is a non-leafy variety of Horsetail. Finding a lush, healthy and productive grouping is one key in wildcraft protocol.  Also be sure the plant is free from toxic habitat or treatment before wildcrafting for usage.  This particular grove of Horsetail was very...


Chamomile: The GREAT Soothing Anti-Inflammatory Herb

What we can do with Chamomile. Most of us can find chamomile tea in the cupboard. This herb is a wonderful children’s herb and a veritable healing marvel. Chamomile is a nervine herb, which means it builds and tones the nervous system. It is one of the BEST herbs for colicky babies. Chamomile is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It literally ‘takes the edge off’ emotionally and physically. It promotes digestion and reduces gas, soothes sore, achy muscles, relaxes a spastic colon, hyperactivity and eliminates insomnia. Chamomile relieves heartburn, pain in headaches, migraines, flu, arthritis and gout. It is used in fighting...


Aiding the Respiratory Tract Herbally

Let's talk respiratory. A tendency towards respiratory problems is often diet related. Nutritional deficiencies, low zinc and magnesium levels are often present in cases of respiratory disease. A healthy diet rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E are essential to good respiratory health. These nutrients protect the tract from infection and adverse effects of pollution. Another reason why fresh fruits and vegetables are so important to growing children and adults. When our child suffers from respiratory issues it's a constant concern and quite emotionally wearing. In these cases try to avoid mucus-forming foods, and particularly wheat, milk, sugar...


Herbal Actions and Us

All herbs can be categorized by their actions. Each herb has a unique description of actions and energetics, and generally we find that herbs overlap the boundaries of these descriptions.  When we formulate herbal remedies we seek to ascertain a whole-body analysis of the individual.  We want to know whether the person runs hot or cold, moist or dry, what their sleep, diet and exercise patterns are, what is their mental state and their emotional triggers, their medical history and current medications.  This individual health assessment allows us to match the herbs to the bodies needs for balance.  Once a...