The Herbalist's Notebook — golden milk

Mystery Chronic Illness and Autoimmune Conditions - there is help and hope

Mystery Chronic Illness and Autoimmune Conditions - there is help and hope

  A mystery chronic is, to me, any illness that falls into the category of symptom profiles for which allopathic medicine has no real diagnosis.  Autoimmune conditions fall into this category as they are not "actual" diseases, but rather a collection of symptoms given a name, essentially, to be able to communicate about it. The great news is there is help and support for these illnesses.  It falls in the realm of holistic and alternative medicine, which can not only help support symptoms, but holds keys to resolving these conditions. If you or someone you know suffers from mystery chronic...


The Debilitating Migraine & How to Support & Heal

The Debilitating Migraine & How to Support & Heal

My take on migraines, with product recommendations at the end of post. Migraines are a debilitating affliction that effects millions of people, and my experience is that the numbers are increasing.  Some people get some symptomatic relief from prescription medications, which may be helpful to some degree, often with some unpleasant side effects to go along with it.  Usually even with treatment through medications, most people still suffer.  Twenty years ago I spent 5 days a week, in bed, with horrible migraines that rendered me completely helpless.  The other two days of the week were spent feeling bruised and hungover....


Bringing back the wonderful electuary

Bringing back the wonderful electuary

  Electuaries are one of my favorite ways to use herbs.  They are simple to prepare, convenient to use, and there are endless combination possibilities.   An electuary, also referred to as a confection, is a paste made from powdered herbs combined with honey, sugar, or fruit pulp.  It is a delivery vehicle for herbs that tend to be more on the unpleasant tasting side as a palatable way to take them.  I have found that electuaries do not need to be limited to the unpleasant herbs and when created with the right combination, can be quite enjoyable.   There...


Turmeric, a most beneficial herb

Turmeric, a most beneficial herb

I am contacted multiple times a day by people seeking information on turmeric.  Many of them suffer from arthritis, migraines, fibromyalgia, and other inflammatory and pain conditions and are looking for relief.  They have heard whispers about this wonderful herb/spice called turmeric and are interested in learning if it may work for them.   I'll begin by saying that turmeric is an amazing herb.  It is anti inflammatory, relieves pain, and is supportive to the detoxing process in the body, offering great support to the liver.  It also supports hormone balance, aids in digestion, increases metabolism, and promotes a healthy...