In the early 2000’s I took 2 years and deeply delved into the land of herbal remedies. I received 2 diplomas from a Victoria, BC Herbalist and plant-pioneer, Don Ollsin. One of these diplomas was in Practical Herbalism and the other in Consultant Herbalism. Although I didn’t use it much from a career standpoint, it is a knowledge that I have held a firm grip on to. There is not a time during any walk in the woods, any adventure into an Ayurvedic clinic or any exploration of Chinese Herb store that I am not peering into the shadows looking for my favorite medicinal plant. For that reason, I have been an active participant in the world of online herbalism, I have explored numerous blogs, created a Materia Medica Pinterest board to track all my findings, and even wrote an article or two for online publications on home herbal healing.
I’ve decided to start sharing some of my favorite links and features online. Keeping things nicely organized, of course, and just helping to spread the love of Herbology the world round. Take a look at a few of the links that I’ve collected, check out their blogs, and let me know when you find something medicinal, culinary, or just plain pretty… As long as it’s all about the herbs, I likely want to know about it!
All about the amazing medicinal plants of the mint family. Includes recipes, remedies and tips for the following beautiful plants:
- Lemon Balm
- Bee Balm
Original post at the Herbal Academy of New England
We all need to know how to dry those fresh herbs that we’re growing. I’ve always been a fan of the hang and dry method, so I was particularly inspired to get back into the herb garden after seeing some of these photos. Tips and tricks for using the hang and dry method, with added paper bag for a case of the fansies, as well as using a Microwave, Dehydrator, or Freezer to dry your fresh herbs
Original post at Food 52
Quick Guide to Every Herb and Spice in the Kitchen
A damn good (and simple) list to every darn herb you’ll find in the kitchen. Along with dried and fresh herb profiles, this piece also includes a lovely little section on spice blends and rubs too. Loves it!
Original Post at The Kitchn
Mother Natures’ Best Home Remedies: 10 Medicinal Plants to Grow
We all should be growing herbs if we can! As an apartment dweller most of my life, I’ve certainly had some failed attempts with plants like Comfrey, Marsh Mallow, and Burdock which are better suited for the outdoors, but there’s plenty that are well suited for indoors, take Alow Vera and Calendula. Some of my all time favorite herbs here. Traditional uses of the following herbal goodies:
- Great Burdock
- Marshmallow root
- Aloe Vera
- Calendula (Pot Marigold)
- Gotu Kola
- Chinese Yam
- Great Yellow Gentian
- Siberian Ginseng
Original post at Survival Life
Trevor Ellestad is a writer, an herbalist, and an ex-yoga teacher who spends his days creating plant-based magic at Vega. Trevor keeps a tidy home with his partner and their as of yet un-named spider monkey of a kitty cat in Vancouver, BC. At night, Trevor likes to surround himself with plants and obsess over the seemingly simple lives of cats and robots.