The following story is a personal experience and is in no way, shape, or form medical advice or instruction. There is no doubt that essential oils (EOs) are officially in the mainstream and mass market. The fact that you can purchase essential oils at almost any store, including gas stations, speaks to the prevalence and … Continue reading Essential Oils: A Cautionary Tale
As people who identify as herbalists, herbal minded, gardeners, etc., we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to align with what we see as the acceptable version of our role. Many of us look at community leaders (i.e. people with huge IG followings) as role models and to inspire our own journeys. Just like … Continue reading It’s Okay: 10 Permissions for the Herbal Minded
I have always struggled with what I call myself, especially in professional settings. Whether it be my herbal work or my full-time job, it is always uneasy to navigate. For me, it has always been more comfortable to say 'I do...' rather than 'I am...'.Maybe it's insecurity, minimal self-esteem, or simply a lack of comfortable … Continue reading Am I an Herbalist?
A few weeks back I posted a brief video on Instagram regarding some upsetting things I had started to see on social media (watch the full video below). At the time, I felt a bit overwhelmed seeing posts asking questions like 'what should I do with this herb I just picked'. This really struck me … Continue reading Foraging & Harvesting Guidelines
Now that the earth is thawing, Spring is starting to poke through the ground, and the snowbanks have disappeared, many of us are eager to get outside, into our gardens, or just open the windows again. With new plant life beginning to take form, you may find yourself thinking more about plants, herbs, and flowers. … Continue reading Why am I attracted to a certain herb/flower?
The part of herbalism that brings me the most joy is sharing what I know and helping others find their personal practices. A number of the questions people ask me revolve around smudging, how to do it, and what to use. Tools vary although the process is relatively similar, but the truth is, 90% of … Continue reading Am I Smudging Wrong? (No, You’re Not, but Here’s Some Tips.)
With a recent rise in popularity and mainstream acceptance, we hear more about herbalism now than ever before. While this is exciting and validating for us in the herbalism world, it can be intimidating for those who want to come play in our sandbox. Let me just say, the sandbox is plenty big for everyone … Continue reading 10 Tips for Exploring Herbalism