Written by Philippa Joly and Yarrow Willard November and December can be hard months, as living this far from the sun, the transition into winter is challenging for many people. This is a time of dark, often rainy or snowy skies, damp cold that gets into the bones, short days and long nights. But it […]
Seaweeds have long been an exciting avenue in our explorations of herbal medicine. Most especially intriguing as of late is a unique substance found in the brown seaweed group, known as Fucoidan. This substance is readily available for absorption through heat extraction, a simple process you can try at home (see recipe below). Similar to […]
Turkey tails (Coriolus versicolor, Trametes versicolor) are one of the most abundant and potent of our west coast medicinal mushrooms. It is called Turkey tail as it has a velvety texture and alternating colour bands that resemble a turkeys tail. In China it is known as “Yun zhi”, or the “cloud mushroom”, and is traditionally […]
Wild Lettuce is one of Natures best pain killers. It has also been used for anxiety, sleeplessness, muscle tension, coughs, PMS and more….. The best thing is it grows everywhere and its likely already in your garden.
Cleavers are a great herb for moving toxins out of the body. Helpful in lymphatic congestion, high blood pressure, kidney conditions and much more. They are very nutritive and make a great tea. Growing in slightly shaded forest openings and along paths, they will likely find you before you find them, as they stick to […]
This video is an intro to Jackass bitters a powerful mayan medicine. It is part of a video series that will be released soon, looking at the Mayan herbs of the Peten rainforest in Belize and Guatemala. Jackass Bitters is a member of the Asteraceae family and a common Central American plant. It has yellow […]