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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 have 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

Community Herbalist Program for 2022

Community Herbalist Program for 2022

The herb community in the US currently offers many beginning courses in working with healing plants. Many of are quite good. The challenge is how to continue one’s journey along the herbal path and deepen one’s skills and understanding of using herbs to promote health. The Community Herbalist Program has been created for people who… Continue >>>

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

The 2022 Program is Full. If you would like to be on the Wait List, fill out the application at the bottom if this page under the “What to Do Next?” title Choosing the path of herbal medicine can be a life-changing event. It was for me in 1990 when I made the decision to… Continue >>>

Educational Resources

Community Herbalist Program for 2022

Community Herbalist Program for 2022

The herb community in the US currently offers many beginning courses in working with healing plants. Many of are quite good. The challenge is how to continue one’s journey along the herbal path and deepen one’s skills and understanding of using herbs to promote health. The Community Herbalist Program has been created for people who… Continue >>>

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

The 2022 Program is Full. If you would like to be on the Wait List, fill out the application at the bottom if this page under the “What to Do Next?” title Choosing the path of herbal medicine can be a life-changing event. It was for me in 1990 when I made the decision to… Continue >>>

Online vs In-Person Classes for 2022

Will the 2022 herb classes be recorded?If I am not able to attend, can I watch the video later? Many herb programs, including the Foragers Path, moved to online learning the past two years out of necessity due to the public health crisis. I am certainly grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the community… Continue >>>

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