Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

red belted

Red Belted Polypore by James Wood There are many, many different kinds of plants and fungi on the face of this planet. The plant world carries much medicine that we can use for our health in a number of ways, … Continue reading

Monday, November 5th, 2012

garlic ferment

by Natalie Vickery from The Family Herbalist One of the staples that I always keep in my kitchen is garlic. Not only do I love the taste of garlic, but it is one of my favorite go to remedies for … Continue reading

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Children's Tranquility

Birth! Children! Life!   Meet Maria Chowdhury’s Birth Song Botanicals, a Poppy Swap store offering everything life giving and birth-centered. Here’s a short blurp from Maria, the store’s founder and owner: “My name is Maria Chowdhury.  I am a midwife, mother, … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012


by James Wood The cold weather, depending on your ecosystem, usually means that we spend more time inside of our warm dwellings. Less time outdoors engaging in exercise causes us to become sedentary, and can lead to stagnation. During a … Continue reading

Monday, October 29th, 2012

amazon brew

Alexis is the herbologist and medicine-maker at WORTS + CUNNING APOTHECARY. She lives in a traveling urban homestead, creating mischief wherever she can, serving lots of tea, and dancing in communities ripe for revolution.  As an herbologist she attempts to … Continue reading

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