When used correctly, plant medicine can be super effective for those bumps in the road that seem to come with any proper adventure! Fortunately for us, there are a number of super common weeds here on the Front Range of Colorado and throughout the US that make up an ever present summer first aid kit.Read More
The Perfect Summer Tea
If you pick your sumac fruits too early, you end up with slightly yellow water and the merest trace of flavor. Make sure your fruits are deepest red, and have a sour tang to them when you taste a drupe-it should be a pretty potent flavor.Read More
Doctor Seuss was definitely consulted when this plant was created.
From the fluffy, alien looking fruits, to the scraggly antler-like fuzzy branches, this plant is straight out of the Lorax.
Its also one of our more charismatic New England plants, and makes one of my favorite teas for hot weather.
The other graminoids, while not true grasses, are truly beautiful, and full of fascinating flowers and uses.
Of course, 'graminoids' would also be the perfect name for the main characters of a plant based alien movie "The Attack of the Graminoids"-someone should get on that.)Read More
Mints have a tendency towards stirring up the mucous membranes (that’s all those pink shiny places inside the body that we try not to think about).
So while they definitely affect the whole body, they have an especial affinity for a few specific areas.Read More
Cabin fever. Climbing the walls. Winter Blues.
If you live in a northern climate like New England, you probably know the feeling. This is where Alteratives come in, the ultimate spring cleaners.Read More
Take away the mint family and your spice rack becomes a very boring place. Many of the most common cooking herbs are in this family. Not so coincidentally, they are also some of our most common medicinal herbs.Read More
A potent medicinal, this herb has all the right actions to shake things up for spring.
A prodigious weed, yellow dock has a tap root that ends only once it reaches the earth’s molten core (at least this is what I assume, because I can never seem to get the whole root out).Read More
Looking for an early spring flower fix?
The word catkin comes from the old dutch kattekan meaning kitten. This refers to the rather adorable idea that these flower clusters resemble kitten tails.Read More
Alien space pod. Harbinger of spring. Stinky. Miraculous.
All across the Eastern US, people are feeling the stirrings of spring. Sun on our faces. Birds singing merrily. And the pungent skunk cabbage, giving us a sense of hope for the new season, and eliciting the common, “Is that a skunk?” argument.Read More