Book Review: The Wild Medicine Solution, by Guido Masé

I’m giving a great big virtual cheer that The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter, and Tonic Plants has been published and is on my shelf. I’ve been anticipating this since I first heard last May that Guido Masé – clinical herbalist, cofounder of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, part of the team…

Fall Harvests for Dark Days

This last spring I planned for some fairly ambitious container gardening, which unfortunately came to naught.  The mustard thrived, and the roses survived just fine, but most of the seedlings just stopped growing and the poor tomatoes looked like they were being tortured.  It turned out the compost I’d purchased had been contaminated with some…

Book Review: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs

Click on cover to buy from your local bookstore. I’m far overdue in posting about this book, which has been out since the spring.  This is the newest from Rosemary Gladstar – an inspiring herbalist who I’ve been lucky enough to study with, and one of my absolute favorite herbal authors.  Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs…

Book Review: The Woman’s Handbook of Healing Herbs

Click on imageto buy from yourlocal indie bookstore. I’m a big fan of this relatively new title by Maine herbalist Deb Soule. It strikes a wonderful balance in tone and depth: accessible to someone with little or no experience in herbalism, but specialized enough to contain valuable info for even experienced herbalists. It speaks from…

Book Review: Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Cat Care

Click image tobuy at your localindie bookstore. This slender, down-to-earth volume compiles a working holistic veterinarian’s recommendations on common feline health problems, as well as maintenance of good health.  It’s readable, practical, and accessible, even for someone with little or no experience in herbalism.  Experienced herbalists might not find a ton of new information here,…

Book Review: Backyard Medicine

Click Cover to Buy from your Local Indie Bookstore Backyard Medicine, by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal, is an absolutely gorgeous combination of information and full-color photographs.  It’s also my go-to book for in-depth info on easy to find (and easy to grow) medicinal herbs.  Backyard Medicine is very readable, and the bulk of the…

On Healing, Being Healed, and Healers

“Human Element” by Jonathan E. Russell Healing, to me, is a process by which a person (or animal or plant) returns to whole-ness. This is often literal, for example in the case of a scrape: As the scrape heals over, my skin becomes whole again. Or it might be more figurative: If my digestion isn’t…

Perfect Health

I feel in perfect health whenever the ocean breeze catches me by surprise – especially in Ireland, where that breeze has traveled over thousands of miles of ocean, and there’s something especially clear about it. I feel in perfect health whenever I’m really, honestly laughing. I feel in perfect health the first many times I…