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

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratam, MB, Fl. 9-12

A bioregional blog postby Natalie Vickery of The Family Herbalist Because of our temperate climate here in the Southeast we are fortunate to be able to garden almost year round.  We still have plenty of herbs to choose from at … Continue reading

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Fall Colds Mushroom Tea

Written by James The fall season brings a whole new look to the face of the backyard. If they have not already, the leaves will be turning to yellows, browns and reds. The air will develop a slight crispy chill … Continue reading

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

moxa resized

Moxabustion is a Traditional Asian Medical technique of smudging the body with the prepared wool of Artemisia/Mugwort.  It is most commonly used during acupuncture treatment but can is also very effective as it’s own therapy. There are many different species … Continue reading

Monday, September 24th, 2012


Another bio-regional blog post! This time from the North West corner of Washington in the heart of the cedar forest. The Oregon Grape By James Wood The autumnal equinox has recently passed bringing in a new season filled with damp … Continue reading

Monday, September 17th, 2012

lots of goldenrod

by Susan Meeker-Lowry, Gaia’s Garden Herbals Summer is winding down and so is the garden. I’m grateful for a plentiful harvest, for jars of herbal oils and tinctures (and spaghetti sauce too!), as well as bunches of drying herbs to … Continue reading