A New Garden Model

We all use models to help explain the world around us. For example, when a traffic light turns green, many of us reflexively hit the accelerator and go. We don’t check whether any cars are coming from the left or right, because our mental model assumes that cross ...

Let Plants Be Thy Mood Medicine

Our emotions can dictate our food choices (and cravings), but what goes in our mouths can also have a profound effect on the former. Why is that? New evidence is starting to reveal that there is a large connection between the gut and the brain, also known as the ...

Herbal Medicine for Mental Health

Mental health has become just as much of a primary focus as immunity during the global pandemic. Many have struggled to cope with being in isolation, having a loss of income, grief for loved ones, and so many other factors. It seems anxiety and depression are at an ...

From the Ground Up: Modern Herbalism Is a Grassroots Movement

As long as herbs have grown, their cultivation, gathering, preparation and sharing have synergized a kind of grassroots movement, spurred by neighbor helping neighbor and “hyped” by word of mouth. Herbalism goes back thousands of years, to early healers ...

How to Choose An Herbalist

Herbalists feel deep connection to plants and the earth; they like to speak of their relationship with plants and the respect for what they contribute to the earth. “Once you spend enough time with plants, you get to know them and see what they have to offer ...

Spices of Life: Pinches and Dashes Boost Health

Spices offer so much more than flavor, providing both food and medicine. Spring is the perfect time to sort through the spice drawer’s contents, toss the old, faded jars and pick new herbs that may better serve our evolving needs and health goals. A healthy ...

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