Botany: Leaves (Part 1)

Learning botany doesn’t have to be intimidating or boring You will feel more confident in your foraging and wildcrafting if you take the time to learn some basics. Don’t get too caught up in the details and have fun! So let’s talk about the basics of leaves… Leaf veins serve several function, regardless of their …

Organ Affinity
What does that mean?

When herbalists talk about herbs, they’ll usually use terms like energetics (I’ll talk about that in a later post), actions and organ affinities. What is meant by the term organ affinity? The affinity of an herb is the tendency of that herb to act upon or be drawn to a particular organ or organ system. …

Herbal Decoctions

What is an herbal decoction? An herbal decoction is similar to an herbal infusion in that it utilizes water, but it differs in what type of material is being extracted. Infusions are for softer plant material like leaves and flowers; decoctions are for tougher plant parts such as roots seeds berries bark I like to …

Harvesting Aerial Parts

When talking about aerial parts of a plant, we are referring to any part of an herbaceous plant that grows above the ground. This can include leaves, stems and flowers. This does not usually refer to the bark of a tree. Harvesting the aerial parts is not difficult and requires very simple tools. A sharp …

Herbal Infusion Part 2

Let’s talk about cold infusions. Last week, we talked about hot water infusions, but there are some constituents that extract better in cold water (think polysaccharides and volatile oils). As long as you follow a few simple rules, you’ll have no problem making a cold infusion. Place your herbs in a small bag. This can …

Habits: Do They Matter?

Habits are things that happen automatically, without conscious thought. Good habits make decision making easier. First you make your habits then your habits make you. This is a quote we have hanging in one of our bathrooms, and it’s a really good reminder that we need to establish good habits, because we become what we …

The Taste of Herbs

What do flavors have to do with understanding herbs? When we taste, whether it’s vegetables, fruits, herbs, dairy or meat, it tells us how that food or herb interacts with our body. When trying to identify taste, you should place the herb/food in your mouth, keep it toward the front and thoroughly chew it and …