Culinary Herbs: The Medicinal Side of the Sweets in Your Holiday Treats

It's holiday cooking time! Which means, it's time to talk about the sweeter side of the holidays and dive into some of the medicinal herbs and spices used for pies, cookies and whatnot during this season of feasting!

A lot of these herbs are hot & spicy, and not necessarily sweet on their own, but are used generously in so many of our traditional fall treats like pumpkin pie, baked apples and even sweet drinks such as hot cocoa and cider. They are delicious and even though you may not think of them as medicine, they truly are and you can use your kitchen as your very own medicine cabinet. Pretty cool!

It's important to get fresh (dried), high quality, organic if you can, herbs so you can get more of the flavor and medicinal benefits from them. If your grocery store has them available in bulk, start there as the quality and freshness will be peak.

Cinnamon ~ Cinnamomum verum / Cinnamomum cassia

Yum yum for my tum tum! I just love cinnamon! The crazy thing for me to think about is...

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How Adaptogenic Herbs Can Get You through Stressful Times

It’s no secret that life has been mighty tough for the majority of humans these days. From a pandemic, to outrageous acts of systemic racism, and political upheaval, and the inability to see those you love, or even get a simple hug. Times have been downright hard!

Whether these times have you suffering from stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, immune health issues, or emotional trauma, adaptogenic herbs can offer a grand helping hand to support your body through these trying times.

The term adaptogen was first coined by Soviet scientists back in 1964. They wanted to describe herbs that produce an increase in bodily resistance and vitality, helping the body adapt to and defend against environmental stressors.

So, I know it’s a word that is spread all over the place these days, but what exactly is an adaptogen?

An adaptogen is an herb that helps your body to adapt to various stressors in life. Whether these stressors are physical, environmental, spiritual or emotional,...

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3 Herbs for Inflammation of the Gut

We all hear about it. Gut health is so important. It’s essential to healthy immune function, emotional well-being, and our overall vitality.

Inflammation is in all things with gut issues whether you’re talking about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and all of your "itis" issues: colitis, gastritis, arthritis pain, depression, or even Crohn's and various skin eruptions. They can all be traced back to the health & inflammation happening in your gut. There are over 3 million Americans with IBD. With so many people suffering from various autoimmune disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it’s clear this is a major problem in our world today. I’m going to share a few of the herbs that help me and my gut, and may be able to help you too. 

It’s important to remember that this is what works for me, and people I’ve helped. It doesn’t mean that it’s the right herb for...

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Herbs to Rev Your Digestive Fire!

Why warm digestion? Well, one, it’s winter, and it’s cold! If you’re someone who is always piling on the scarves and sweaters and your fingers and toes are cold, you may want to consider these herbs that can help warm your digestion. 

To ensure healthy and optimal digestion, we ‘ve got to support our digestive ‘fire’. This fire (called agni in Ayurveda) is all about the power of our digestive organs' to process and absorb what we eat while also burning off waste products. When we have a strong digestive fire, we are able to easily digest food and absorb its nutrients. If we have a weak digestive fire, our body won’t digest food well, leaving undigested particles behind that create inflammation in the body. 

This Inflammation can show up as:

  • Hunger
  • Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Intestinal cramps
  • Constipation
  • Gassiness
  • Slow digestion
  • Heaviness after a meal
  • Sluggish bowels
  • Bulky stool
  • Feeling cold
  • Sweet craving
  • Stimulant craving

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Using Bitter Herbs for Better Gut Health

Gut health is super important - today and every day. As we all know by now, your gut health is directly connected to the health of your brain, immune system, and overall health. The great news is that there are herbs that can help you keep your digestive system in tip top shape. Of course, there are varying lifestyle factors that are going to make these herbs work better for you and your body:

  • Diet – avoid inflammatory foods for your unique body
  • Exercise – you’ve got to move it or lose it
  • Sleep health – getting enough zzz’s is critical

These all play a vital role in your overall health. And, truth be told, herbs don’t work well, when you’re not able to treat your body well. All of that being said, there’s still a lot of magic and power in these precious plants. Let’s chat about bitter herbs and how they can affect your digestion, especially after so many sweets were ingested over the holidays.

Bitters can help in treating your...

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New Year, New You, New Gut!

Did you know that the key to that new you, lies in the health of your gut? While we’re not huge fans of New Year's Resolutions, as they seem so temporary and often fail, we are HUGE fans of a lifestyle change. After all, that’s pretty much the only way a long lasting positive impact is going to happen.

If you’re like many, you want to get healthier in one way or another for the new year.  Did you know that having a healthy gut is the key to your weight loss, improving your mood, enhancing memory, easing your body aches and pains, eliminating brain fog, treating autoimmune diseases, boosting immunity, and pretty much any other health related New Year's goal you could have?  

In our upcoming course 'Improve Digestive Health with Herbs' we’ll talk about:

  • Why a healthy gut matters to your overall health
  • How you can get to a happy healthy gut
  • Our favorite herbs to enhance the health of your gut
  • Along the way, we’ll be sharing gut...
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Immune Stimulant Herbs, Antivirals, Antibacterials: What The Heck Are They & When Do I Need Them

As we are in the midst of cold and flu season, I figured we'd do a quick little overview of what antiviral and antimicrobial herbs are, what they can do for you and your body and how it's really nice to be able to use plants as medicine instead of relying consistently on harsh pharmaceuticals and such that can later be put into our water streams, our soils and all of those things. I truly believe that using plants as medicine is one of those great ways that we can make our earth a better place.

So, what is an Immune Stimulant?

Immune stimulants help your body resist infection during the beginning stages of an illness, or potential infection, and they’re also helpful throughout the duration of an illness. They help to stimulate white blood cell activity, and are typically taken for a short time to address acute illness and infection. They’re also helpful during times that you know people around you are getting sick, or if you’re about to travel, back to school time,...

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Culinary Herbs: Savory Medicine Already in Your Pantry

Today I am thinking about culinary herbs and man, oh man, did I get hungry writing this blog post! I know we're all about to begin feasting as much as possible, and there is a lot of medicine going into the food and traditional dishes that are made around this time a year. So, I figured we'd catch up on some of them, learn a little history, learn a little medicinal value and get ready to get our grub on with a huge dose of gratitude. Like the gratitude I have for you all!

Did you know there's a whole entire medicine chest in your kitchen cabinet?! And as you're making your turkey, gravy and all of the side dishes that you are really using a heck of a lot of great herbal medicines? Pretty cool.

A lot of us aren't able to travel or even able to hang out with family. I'm in Oregon and today is the 18th of November and we are on another lock down where all the restaurants are closed and we're not to be in groups of greater than six people. So I know that's really hard on a lot of...

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Herbs to Ease Stress & Anxiety

Have you been feeling a bit stressed, anxious, nervous, angry, or worried as all get out lately? With all that is happening in our world today, it’s no wonder you may be feeling this way. I know I have, and it makes it really hard to focus and do good work. Our world is a tough place to be right now. 

This is a time where plants and herbs can offer your nervous system some much needed support. While they can’t fix all of the suffering happening today, they can provide you a sense of peace and calm, and give you the extra strength it takes to make it through tough times. Taking care of yourself makes it so you can rise up and share the special gifts that you have to make this world a better place. We need you right now!

I’m going to share with you some of the best herbs to support your nervous system. But first I’ll give you a quick introduction to two categories of herbs and their actions that help support your nerves. They are:

Nervines

Nervines are a...

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