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The future of healthcare is self-care

What is the future of healthcare? The answer to this question depends on whom you’re asking. Within the healthcare system, the answers range from new care delivery options, big data and electronic health records, telehealth technology, and better R&D pipelines.

More people are thinking outside of the box in order to develop a new model of wellness and care (instead of trying to optimize the current model). At the core of this new model of wellness are self-care practices like healthy eating and nutrition, stress management, herbal medicine, sleep hygiene, social connection, and movement. Not only are these effective, they are less costly and support systemic change. Read more

Tinctures, tisanes, infusions, decoctions: what’s the difference?

Herbal medicine is enchanting because it’s a simultaneously an art, craft, and science. It’s an art to formulate and be a matchmaker between people and plants. It’s a science to inquire about why and how herbs work the way they do. This post introduces you to the craft of herbal medicine, and demystifies some of the terminology. [This post was originally published in the November 2017 Face the Current magazine.] Read more

Lion’s Mane: nutrients for the nervous system

If you’re familiar with nutraceutical mushrooms, then you’re probably already aware of their well-studied effects on immunity. But there are some mushrooms that go even further. Lion’s mane is a truly unique mushroom that not only supports immunity, but also provides valuable nutrients for the whole nervous system. Given the importance of mental and neurological function to our quality and experience of life, as well as the variety of stressors that can impact it, Lion’s mane can be a treasured addition to any health regimen. This article first appeared in the October issue of Face the Current – the Unity edition.  Read more

Three authors on time: reflections on a solar return

Today marks 32 trips around the sun. It’s a cherished time of reflection for me, highlighted by the changing seasons that inspire an introspection and quietude of their own.

The object of my contemplation has been passage of time. Three authors explore the deep facets of our temporal being in their books – Felt Time: The Science of How We Experience Time by Mark Wittman, Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation by Alan Burdick, and Time Travel: A History by James Gleick. Instead of attempting to summarize or recapitulate their work, I am posting selected passages below.  Read more

Should you take Western fence lizard tincture for Lyme disease?

Over the past few months I’ve seen this remedy recommended to people who are seeking treatments for these debilitating disorders, due to observation that they are resistant to Borrelia infections and the proposition that their tissues contain a special compound that eradicates the infection. That’s actually not the case at all: they just have really strong innate immune systems.

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Herbal medicine as substrate for art

I recently watched an instagram video loop of a lovely young herbalist chopping roots from a wildcrafted plant. Her feed is full of poetic and intimate photographs of herbs. I feel her sense of wonder and awe of the natural world by the way she chooses to portray them.

I pause when these artistic tokens enter my screen. Not only do they imbibe the viewer with a sense of beauty and connection to nature- the use of herbal materials and techniques for art also spurs a curious contrast with the use of herbs as medicine. Read more

Oregon grape monograph

Oregon grape has a place in every herbalist’s apothecary. It possesses unique antimicrobial activity and will be increasingly important in our post-antibiotic world. It also offers liver support, cardiovascular support, and blood glucose regulation. Read on for more information on this treasure of a plant. Read more

Shire City Fire Cider: Don’t buy it

You may have recently learned out the potential health benefits of fire cider: a sweet, spicy, sour, eye-widening infusion of pungent herbs in vinegar and hon. The taste is true to its name. It’s a popular addition to cold and flu regimens. Fire cider is considered to be a “medicinal food” that can be taken as-is or used in a variety of foods and beverages, such as juices, teas, salad dressings, soups, etc. Read more