Author Archives: James

Friday, October 26th, 2012

aloe lavender mint soap

Soap that says ahhhh! The autumn season calls for comfort! If soup and home baked bread are the comfort foods of the kitchen, handmade soap is like the essence of ahhhh in the bathroom! What are you using to ‘sudz-up’ … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Dandelion pplant

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale By James Wood Dandelion is so common to our eyes that it can be often overlooked. But when you understand it’s potent actions, it can become an absolute favorite of the herbal allies. I like dandelion for … Continue reading

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

hawthorn berries

A new look at hawthorn By Rebecca Altman of King’s Road Apothecary At the Traditions in Western Herbalism conference last month I was lucky enough to be brought a big bag of hawthorn berries by a friend. Although I’m predominately … Continue reading

Friday, October 19th, 2012

goldenrod honey

The air is getting crispy, and there’s nothing like a hot cup of tea on a cold autumn day. Here are some favorite flavors of fall from Poppy Swap! INFUSED HONEYS Ginger Honey from Pixies Pocket MULLING SPICES Mulling Spices … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012


Artist: David Kleinert Ouch! What was that sting? A mosquito? A wasp? A crazy flying squirrel? Now that autumn is here and getting into full swing, most likely it was a spider! And when you see it scuttling away, you may … Continue reading

Monday, October 15th, 2012


During our travels on the conference circuit, we met up with Erico Scleicher from The Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine. Needless to say, Erico is a nice guy… Erico Schleicher, LAc, MAcOM, is a practicing herbalist and acupuncturist. He has … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

tobacco flowers

Nicotiana spp. Photo credit: What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word tobacco? Smoke? Sickness? Cancer? Death? Tobacco is arguably one of the most negatively viewed plants on the Earth. In this article, we … Continue reading

Monday, October 8th, 2012


The Hawthorn Berry Written by James This beautiful small red fruit comes from the thorny branches of the hawthorn tree, a tree native to the northern hemisphere continents of Europe, Asia and North America. Here in the northwest, we have … Continue reading

Friday, October 5th, 2012

renee davis

Meet Cascadia’s own Renée Davis! Renée is a community herbalist and cofounder of the Dandelion Seed Community Health Project, which administers the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic and the annual Dandelion Seed Conference: Herbal Medicine for Community and Social Healing. She … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Bioregional Herbalism resized

An Herbal Gathering in the Desert Our beloved Rebecca Altman and Aviva Romm After a long 12-day road trip, the Poppy Swap team has finally settled back into the home life in Washington. Many amazing connections were made, smiles shared … Continue reading