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Category Archives: Plant Chemistry

Resources for Therapeutic Mushrooms

Resources for Therapeutic Mushrooms

There are many mushrooms used therapeutically in the herb community with Reishi (Ganoderma spp.) being the the best known. One of the challenges to effectively using these gifts from the fungal world is knowing how to process them. While plants have cellulose, mushrooms have chitin. This substance is extremely hard and makes extraction difficult. The… Continue >>>

Photo-Toxic Essential Oils

Some essential oils contain furanocoumarins. These organic chemical compounds can cause phyto-photo-dermatitis, which is the skin’s hypersensitivity to the UV rays of sunlight. Possible skin reactions include stinging, itching, blisters and burning. When using essential oils on the skin, it is important to either avoid using furanocoumarin oils or avoid exposure to the sun for… Continue >>>

Comfrey & Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids

Comfrey & Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids

Safety issues connected to the internal use of various Comfrey (Symphytum officinale, S. uplandicum x) species has been a controversial topic since I became active in the herb community in the early 1990s. Many presentations in articles, blogs, classes and conferences prefer to address the therapeutic benefits of this plant and avoid directly giving information… Continue >>>

Demulcent Herbs: Action & Energy

Demulcent Herbs: Action & Energy

Demulcent (internal) or Emollient (external) Moistens tissues, soothes inflammation Energy is moistening  and usually cooling Works systemically, does not need to come in contact with a particular surface, such as the lungs or bladder Many contain mucilage, has a slimy, viscous feel Will loosen and relax tissues that are tense due to dryness Uses Dryness… Continue >>>

How to Make Pine Resin Salve

How to Make Pine Resin Salve

Salve made from the resin of our native pinon pine tree (Pinus edulis) has an exquisite aroma and is useful as a topical anti-microbial. While the final product is popular these days, the processing of tree resin into a finished product is a bit different than the standard salve making process. It seems like each… Continue >>>

Plant Metabolites & Herbal Medicine

Plant Metabolites & Herbal Medicine

A recurring question when studying herbal medicine is how and why plants have a beneficial affect on people’s health. The answer to this question varies by the cultural filter through which the plant world is viewed. One view that has helped my understanding of herbal medicine is the subject of Plant Metabolites. Nature does not… Continue >>>

Latest Courses

Herbal Skin Care Workshop

Herbal Skin Care Workshop

This workshop is full. Registrsation is closed. Join us for this informative class that shows you how to make: -skin lotion -body butter -herbal-infused oil in your own kitchen. These herb-based skin care products and techniques have been used for 20+ years in my own herbal practice. Using only the best quality ingredients, these products… Continue >>>

Colorado Plateau Herbal Intensive 2020

Colorado Plateau Herbal Intensive 2020

Due to the Covid 19 virus, this course will not meet in July, 2020. There is a possibility of meeting in August, 2020 or July, 2021. If you would like to be on an Update List, send us your email. The “Colorado Plateau Herbal Intensive” is a multi-day program designed to introduce people to the… Continue >>>

Educational Resources

Tools for Wild Crafting

Here is a list of tools used for the vast majority of the harvesting, gardening and general plant collecting I do for my clinic, the herb school and personal reasons. Keep in mind the variables involved with choosing this type of tool collection. These variables include:Personal preference and budgetPlant parts collected – bark, leaves, rootsSoil… Continue >>>

Wild Greens for Better Nutrition

Discovering Wild Greens for Better Nutrition is a free webinar that teaches people how to use seven wild plants that are commonly found throughout the American Southwest, North America and around the world. There is no charge for this webinarDuring these challenging times, it is an offering to the larger community in the hopes that… Continue >>>

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