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9 Month “Foundations of Herbal Medicine” Course for 2017

This course is full and closed to registration for 2017. Dates and registration for the 2018 program will be added by Sep 1. This program is designed to train Community Herbalists, people who are able to use the gifts of healing plants with their families, friends and local communities. The setting for the course is […]

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Plant Profile: Sow Thistle

Botany: Sonchus oleraceus (Compositae) Other names for this family are Aster, Sunflower and its former name, Asteraceae An annual, the flowers closely resemble dandelions. Common Names: Sow Thistle Southwest Habitat: I see this mostly in the 3,000’ – 5,000’ range. It is common in the Verde Valley and around Sedona. As it likes disturbed soil, […]

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Plant Profile: Nettle Leaf

Botany: Urtica dioica (Urticaceae).  The seeds and root also have therapeutic uses and will be addressed in separate profiles. Common Names: Nettles, stinging nettles Southwest Habitat: Nettles like rich, black, damp soil in partial shade. It is most likely found in riparian areas, near seeps or in shady areas where deciduous trees have had the […]

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Plant Profile: Chenopodium album

Botany: Chenopodium album (Chenopodiaceae) Spinach, beets, chard and quinoa are also in this family Common Names: Goosefoot (the leaves are in the shape of a goose’s foot which helps with the field ID for a non-botanist) Lambs Quarters Southwest Habitat: My personal experience with this plant is from 3,000’ up to 7500’. It is abundant […]

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Plant Profile: Wild Mustard

Botany: Sisymbrium irio Common Names: Wild Mustard, London Rocket Southwest Habitat: Between 1,000’ and 7,500’ – the growing season depends on the elevation. While not native to North America, it is widespread and commonly found in disturbed soil. This is a plant found along trails during Sonoran winter hikes, under juniper trees in the Verde […]

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Plant Profile: Amaranth

Botany: Amaranthus retroflexus is common although there are 60+ species worldwide. The Plant Family is Amaranthaceae Leaves are lanceolate and alternate along the main stem. The stem is often reddish in color. Common Names: Pigweed Southwest Habitat: My personal experience with this plant is from 3,000’ up to 7500’. It is abundant in the Verde […]

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Using Aromatic Spices to Improve Digestion

Many traditional views of healing from around the world view the digestive system as a key to overall health. This includes Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda and Western Herbalism. One way to support complete and thorough digestion of our food is through the use of spices. These aromatic seeds and roots are seen as more […]

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A Fresh View of the Paleo Diet

I am pleased to share an article by Arthur Haines that helps clarify some of the misconceptions around the Paleo Diet. Arthur has some of the very best thinking on diet, health, wild foods and our ancestors from various traditional cultures. The article originally appeared here. This is an Exist Anew guest post by Arthur […]

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Plant Profile: Wild Greens

Why We Should Eat Wild Greens As a group, wild greens are higher in nutrition than domestic produce grown on farms. This is true even for organically grown produce. The generations-long process of domesticating a plant involved selecting for a specific size, color, flavor or ripening date. This happened at the expense of reduced fiber […]

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Brassicaceae for Herbalists

Brassicaceae – Mustard This family is characterized by flowers that have four petals and are shaped like a crucifix, hence the previous family name of Cruciferae. These plants are often edible and tend to have a spicy, hot energy and flavor although some of the domesticated varieties have been bred for a mild flavor. Besides […]

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