January 23, 2019

Oftentimes after the cold and flu symptoms of fever, runny nose, fatigue, headache are gone, congestion lingers in the chest. I have heard of respiratory congestion lasting up to 3 months after a cold or the flu and even after a round or two of anti-biotics. Mucous in...

July 19, 2018

Moringa oleifera is native to the foothills of the Himalayas but can also grow well in tropical and subtropical environments. It is drought tolerant, a rapid grower, the leaves can be used as a biofertilizer and the seeds can purify water. It grows very nicely in the d...

 Sounds easy when you say it. Sounds amazing when you think about it. Sounds possible when you imagine it. One thing that fuels anxiety are negative thought processes and one thing that fuels negative thought processes is anxiety. It is a vicious cycle and for some, mi...

June 27, 2018

It is the time of the year when mint starts to emerge. With it comes a glorious smell as the gentle summer rains awakens it's uplifting aroma. The volatile oils burst into action with each crushed leaf and the purple flowers delight in the sunshine. Mint sends out root...

April 5, 2018

It is cholla time in the desert. They are a little late this year. Perhaps because of changing weather patterns and lack of rainfall but nonetheless, the plants are sprouting an abundance of buds. If you are so inclined, there are videos and articles available online e...

December 27, 2017

Is it here already? No. I just got finished remembering all the things that I said I was going to do in 2017! Can I start anew? Of course you can and that's the beauty of trying, always keep trying. Here's the thing, a little piece of advice, there is no time. Truly. W...

September 4, 2017

Staying present and aware. What does that have to do with the title of this blog!? Within the last 5 decades I have seen an increased awareness of the need to eat whole foods and heal with herbs, within the last 20 years I have seen herbalists and herb schools flourish...

May 21, 2017

Molle, Schinus molle, (Peruvian pepper) is also known as American pepper, Peruvian peppertree, escobilla, false pepper, molle del Peru, pepper tree, peppercorn tree, Californian pepper tree, pirul and Peruvian mastic. The word molle comes from the word mulli, Quechua f...

May 16, 2017

The herb known as Wild Daga, Leonotis leonurus, is in the genus of Leonotis and the family of Lamiaceae or mint family. It is also known as Lion's Tail and can be confused with Klip dagga or Leonotis nepetifolia because the flower heads are similar. The noticeable diff...

May 2, 2017

No exploration of Peruvian herbs and herbal medicine would be complete without looking at the abundant and aromatic plant Muña, Minthostachys mollis, also known as tipo, tipollo, poleo, Muña muña, La Muña, Arash muña, uña, Huaycho, and Andean mint. Muña is a woody shru...

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