An Herbalist’s Perspective on Autumn Care

A footpath through an autumn forest.

Autumn in the northeastern United States means that green becomes gold as plants stop producing chlorophyll, the pigment that makes leaves green, causing the familiar and fleeting warmer pigments to shine through. The trees are preparing for the coldness and darkness of winter. One way they do this is by consolidating and drawing their resources down and inward. Plants also release parts of themselves that cannot be sustained, mostly their foliage, as an answer  to Autumn’s call of necessity and discernment. 


The transition seasons are beautiful and embody an energy of "bothness." For this reason Autumn and Spring may require us to spend a bit more attention orienting to time and space, our bodies, daily rhythms, and both the kind of and preparation of  herbs, foods and beverages we have daily. What metaphorical foliage are you called to drop as you move into the quiet and fertile darkness of Winter’s womb? What are you drawing inside for sustenance?

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5 Cooling Herbs for Summer

Cooling Herbs for Summer

Summertime is marked by the warmth of the sun on the earth, and by light. The increase of solar radiation warms our bodies, and the increased light causes the plants to grow and fruit. Summer is a time of increased activity and this is reflected everywhere in the movement and expansiveness of the season. Just as in the winter we gravitate toward food and beverages that bring cozy warmth to the body (like soup or spicy chai), in the summer we naturally seek those foods that refresh, cool, and hydrate.

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10 Easy Self-Care Rituals for Mind, Body & Soul

Let's face it. We live in a fast-paced world where we are bombarded by constant distractions. But, what if, for a few moments throughout our day, we took as little as 10 minutes to honor our bodies with a few self-care rituals to realign our mind, body, and soul?

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Tonic and Adaptogenic Herbs for Seasonal Health

 When it comes to seasonal health we immediately think of remedies that can help us cope with acute situations. here are 10 of our favorite herbs that we can use on a daily basis to bring our bodies back into natural balance.
 
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Vegan Tulsi~Rose White Hot Chocolate

We have put an herbalist's spin on this decadent vegan white hot chocolate, and intertwined flavors and aromas of a summer garden. Aromatic Holy Basil (Tulsi or Sacred Basil) imparts a sense of calmness and grounding, while delicate rose helps the body and mind to relax, inspiring feelings of love and compassion for oneself and others.

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