10 Must Have Items for the Winter Medicine Cabinet

The season of our discontent is upon us. Illnesses. Maladies. Ailments. Cold. Flu. Winter blues. Since the beginning of time, plant medicine — the art and science of using herbs and natural, Earth-based remedies — has been the world’s primary form of promoting health and treating illness. Today, many of us continue this form of […]

Frugal Tips for the Novice Solo Female Backpacker

Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you. ~John Muir I have become what some would call a bona-fide solo female backpacker. My journey began months ago when the draw of solitude — and the […]

Herbal Pulling Oil: How to Make Herb-Infused Oil for Your Oil Pulling Regime

If you haven’t yet incorporated oil pulling into your natural hygiene regime… …chances are, you have at least heard of the practice. Oil pulling has been used for thousands of years, and is attached to some pretty amazing health benefits! This method for oral hygiene, originated in India and is a fairly simple (I say “fairly” […]

How to Make Pinon (Pinyon) Oil and Salve

I just returned from a backpacking trip to one of the most magical places I’ve EVER been…Fossil Spring, AZ. In the plant world, this area of Arizona is known as the Juniper-Pinon belt. It contains such a unique collection of flora…in fact, most plants living here are known only to this region! And what an […]

How to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks :: And a List of Plants Commonly Used in Smudge Sticks

According to countless ancient ways of knowing, all plants possess a sacred spirit… …a spirit that goes well beyond, and vibrates deeper, than its physical constituents. It is this pure and hallowed nature of plants {and our inter-connectedness} that has led to their traditional/medicinal use in :: healing {physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual} cleansing {a space or our […]

Holy Basil (Tulsi) for Stress Relief :: And Tips for Daily Use

I am quite confident we all are familiar, at least to some degree, with the symptoms of stress and anxiety :: tension emotional instability phobias loss of focus lack of motivation feelings of impending doom or disaster heart palpitations irregular breathing And, despite the modern wonders of science and industry — with its intent to […]

Herbal Sleep Aid :: How to Make Peaceful Sleep Sachets Using Herbs, Essential Oils, and Crystals

Folklore + ancestral wisdom tells us that the right blend of herbs, essential oils, and crystals can assist the body in experiencing restorative sleep. And one of my favorite ways to incorporate each of these elements into a daily remedy, is to create peaceful sleep sachets… …sleep sachets have been used for centuries. By creating […]