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Wild Greens for the Community Herbalist: Sow Thistle

Wild Greens for the Community Herbalist: Sow Thistle

Botanical Name: Sonchus oleraceus Family: Compositae Common Names: Sow Thistle Primary Characteristics for Field ID: The flower closely resembles a dandelion. The leaves are whorled. An annual. Part Used for Food: The leaves and tender portion of the stems Habitat in Which it is Found/ Harvesting Season/ Special Considerations: This plant likes disturbed soil so… Continue >>>

Plant Profile: Amaranth

Plant Profile: Amaranth

Botanical Name: Amaranthus retroflexus is very common and 60+ spp. worldwide Family: Amaranthaceae Common Names: Pigweed Primary Characteristics for Field ID: Leaves are lanceolate and alternate along the main stem. Stems are red. Part Used for Food: Fresh leaves and young tips of stems. Older leaves and stems are either bitter, stringy or fibrous. Cultivated… Continue >>>

Apiaceae for Herbalists

Apiaceae for Herbalists

The common names for the Apiaceae family are either the carrot or parsley family. The old family name was Umbelliferae; some books still show this and occasionally botanists still use this older name out of habit. This is an *extremely* important family to know. One reason is that it has abundant herbs, spices and foods.… Continue >>>

Plant Profile: Wild Mustard

Plant Profile: Wild Mustard

Botanical Name: Sisymbrium irio Family: Brassicaceae 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… Continue >>>

Plant Profile: Poison Hemlock

Plant Profile: Poison Hemlock

Whether foraging for greens or wildcrafting herbs, knowing the few toxic plants in one’s environment is essential. Poison hemlock is a potentially deadly plant that is frequently encountered in the forests and meadows of northern Arizona. This article and collection of photos is meant to help you identify this plant in your outdoor explorations and… Continue >>>

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Community Herbalist Program for 2022

Community Herbalist Program for 2022

The Community Herbalist program has been created for people who already have some formal training in using plant medicine and have integrated herbs into their lives. These people are committed to going deeper into the many topics related to this craft.The Community Herbalist program is a natural continuation of the Family Herbalist program. Topics Presented… Continue >>>

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

Choosing the path of herbal medicine can be a life-changing event. It was for me in 1990 when I made the decision to begin studying and using herbal medicine as a primary form of personal healthcare. It was in the mid 1990s when I was accepted into the Clinical Herbalist program with Dr. Tieraona LowDog… Continue >>>

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Community Herbalist Program for 2022

Community Herbalist Program for 2022

The Community Herbalist program has been created for people who already have some formal training in using plant medicine and have integrated herbs into their lives. These people are committed to going deeper into the many topics related to this craft.The Community Herbalist program is a natural continuation of the Family Herbalist program. Topics Presented… Continue >>>

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

Choosing the path of herbal medicine can be a life-changing event. It was for me in 1990 when I made the decision to begin studying and using herbal medicine as a primary form of personal healthcare. It was in the mid 1990s when I was accepted into the Clinical Herbalist program with Dr. Tieraona LowDog… Continue >>>

Plant Walk in Flagstaff – Saturday, August 21, 2021

What: Medicinal and Edible Plant Walk with a focus on traditional uses of native flora When: Saturday, August 218am to noonWe need to begin early to avoid possible rain and thunderstormsSafety is the #1 concern. The walk will be cancelled if there is heavy rain or lightning in the morning. Where:In the ponderosa forest near… Continue >>>

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