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…

Why I Love Valentine’s Day

“Offering to Venus,” by J. W. Godward I’m not sure if I know anyone else who really loves Valentine’s Day.  Those without a significant other feel left out of all the hoopla, and those who are attached are either nonplussed or stressed about the holiday.  For me, it’s a stepping stone that helps me through…

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…

Vermiso Soup

Miso soup is my go-to food whenever I’m feeling a little bit overindulged, motion sick, or just plain queasy.  It helps that it’s yummy and nourishing, and I love to eat it anyway!  Most miso soup contains seaweed, and we don’t have local seaweed in Vermont (what with being landlocked).  But we do have lots…

Zoom Zoom Zoom (Balls)

I’ve had a couple of requests for this recipe, so here you are:  Zoom balls are nut-butter-based snacks that are as indulgent as cookie dough and better for you (by my standards, anyway) than an energy bar.  These were created by Rosemary Gladstar, and you can find one of her variations here, on Herb Companion. …

These Feet are Made for Walking

A friend of mine – an astute, genuine, young, beautiful woman – expressed yesterday that she believes “deep down, every single one of us loathes her body as much as she loathes the ones she compares herself too.”  She was talking about this culture of insecurity and consumerism that advertising/media has created.  A culture that…