Saturday, May 28, 2011

Holy Horsetail!!

There is an abundance of horsetail in our area - particularly in my yard! I was going to elaborate on the medicinal uses of horsetail; however, there is a superb overview of horsetail on the University of Maryland Medical Center website.

I thought it might be fun to share couple of simple recipe ideas using horsetail. There are more out there in herbal beauty books and on the interwebs if you do a bit of searching.

Horsetail Hair Rinse

2 1/2 teaspoons dried horsetail (double the amount if fresh)
2 cups boiling water

Optionally add any (or all) of these:

Steep horsetail in boiled water for 20 minutes. Shampoo hair and rinse thoroughly. Poor horsetail rinse through hair and leave in for ten minutes. Rinse with clear water.

Horsetail Nail Soak

3 Tbsp dried horsetail (double the amount if fresh)
3 Tbsp dill seeds
2 cups water

Place herbs and water in a small saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Gently boil covered for 15-20 minutes, remove from heat and allow to continue steeping covered until cool. Strain into a sterile bottle and refrigerate until ready to use. Warm a small amount of the mixture and soak nails in a small bowl for 10 minutes 3 or 4 times per week. Trim nails and massage moisturizing lotion into hands after each soak.

Original posting: June 3, 2010

Thursday, May 19, 2011

2011 Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference

2011 Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference
Sept 15th-18th, 2011

Held at the stunningly beautiful Ghost Ranch in historic New Mexico.
Brought to you by Anima Lifeways and Herbal School, Mountain Rose Herbs, and our other supportive Sponsors.

“An amazing conference, resurrecting the spirit of Western Herbalism.“
-Paul Bergner, North American Institute of Medical Herbalism

David Hoffmann • Kiva Rose • Paul Bergner • Phyllis Hogan • Jesse Wolf Hardin • Juliet Blankespoor • Jim McDonald • Ryan Drum • Robin Rose Bennett • 7Song • Bevin Clare • Todd Caldecott • Charles Garcia • Margi Flint • Howie Brounstein • Kathleen Maier • CoreyPine Shane • Christa Sinadinos • Mimi Kamp • Larken Bunce • Doug Eliott • Linda Garcia • Lisa Ganora • Rosalee de la Foret • Kristine Brown • United Plant Savers

Over 3 days of Classes and Workshops! 49 Classes taught by 29 Leading Teachers!
2 Nights of Music with Rising Appalachia, Tina Collins & Her Pony, & Lunar Fire Tribal
Native Plant Walks • Healer's Market with Practitioners
and more

Check out all of the details at

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kiva Rose - Free Webinar

This morning, I received the following note from the fine folks at  The last webinar with Rosemary Gladstar was excellent, so I'm excited to participate again! ~~


If there is a type of herbalism that defines LearningHerbs, it's "Folk, Grassroots Herbalism."

I asked my good friend Kiva Rose if she wouldn't mind doing a free, live class for y'all on the topic.

She came up with this...

Root to Fruit: Folk Herbalism from the Ground Up

In this webinar class Kiva Rose covers...
  • 8 Steps to a Balanced Approach
  • Growing Your Materia Medica
  •  6 tips for deepening your alliance with herbs
  • Introduces you to one of her favorite herbs (and it's not at all one you'd expect)
  • Gives you two great recipes, including one of her signature elixirs
Kiva even made you a PDF with notes and recipes.

Want to take part in this free, live webinar event?
Just go here...

John from LearningHerbs
You're going to love this.
Kiva is awesome. (and hey, it's free) :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Send Sweetness!!

Received from a friend in Halifax, NS today and thought I'd share this sweet idea!


Hello Friends!

spring is here, and we are coming out of hibernation! its time to put seeds in the ground and send sweetness to those you love!

Along with other Robert's Street SOS fundraising events (see more info below if you don't know Roberts Street) City Mail, Make Work Design and City Witch Herbals are collaborating to bring you,


Made to order special packages featuring weird and wonderful items made/collected by Roberts Street members! Every SUPER DELUXE CANDY-GRAM will include a wicked screen printed card with your unique message emblazoned by typewriter.

the following items are available to accompany your card: Nova Scotia Harvested Herbal Tea Blend, Miscellaneous Pin-Back Button, Love Poem written by local poet, Starter House Plant, Love Potion, Fiction Novel, Surprise Me and OrganicFair Trade Chocolate Bar.

Candy Grams are available for purchase at The Roberts Street Social Center, The Good Food Emporium, and Venus Envy. All the funds raised from the candy grams will go to Roberts Street Social Centre.

About Roberts Street and SOS:

The Roberts Street Social Centre provides a space for people to come together in Halifax. The social centre is made up of:

* Anchor Archive Zine Library
* Ink Storm Screenprinting Collective studio
* Crow's Nest space (for events, workshops, and meetings)
* an artist and zinemaking residency program
* The People's Photocopier
* a kitchen
* a yard with fire-pit and garden

Mission: The Roberts Street Social Centre is a collection of projects dedicated to providing free or affordable access to independent and alternative media, art, and education. It is a space for people to come together to share skills, knowledge, and resources. We support critical, creative projects and inspire social change through DIY (do it yourself), non-hierarchical, and consensus-based approaches. We aim to be active in our communities by collaborating with other groups and projects. We strive to be inclusive, aware of barriers and discrimination, and welcoming to all ages.

Times are tight for projects like ours, so we are holding a week of SOS (save our space) to help sustain the work we do. for a full list of events check out the website. If you are interested in supporting the work we do in a long term way contact about our FAN CLUB