Author Archives: madcrowherbals

2014: The Great Fire Cider Rebellion

You might not know it, but today is a special day.  It’s World Fire Cider Day!  A day to make and celebrate this most awesome of creations in Herbalism.  It dates back generations and was popularized by the most gracious … Continue reading

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Book Review: Planet Medicine: Origins, Revised Edition: Origins by Richard Grossinger

I recently finished reading Planet Medicine: Origins, Revised Edition: Origins by Richard Grossinger  and what a ride it has been. At its base, this book is an anthropological survey of healing systems from around the world as well as a … Continue reading

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My Little Chickweed

Chickweed and me have been having this crazy little affair going on. Chickweed (Stellaria media) ; Family Caryophyllaceae Chickweed is just wonderful in the many ways you can use it – how it molds itself to be so very helpful … Continue reading

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He’s back or What’s Happening?

My overly long hiatus from the blogging world is over.  I had intended to take a little break because things were just so busy, but it ended up a tad longer than I thought.  But I’m back to regular posting … Continue reading

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Pondering the Finger or the Moon

I’ve been thinking a lot about a Zen teaching concept – “Finger Pointing at the Moon” – and just how valuable a lesson it is in so many aspects of my life from my yoga practice, in herbalism, etc. The … Continue reading

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Herbal Books – The Not So Secret Love That Binds Us All

If there is one thing that herbalists (and plants fans in general) love spending time with, almost as much as spending time with their plant friends, it’s a good herbal or plant book. Recently I come up with the idea … Continue reading

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True Heart Tea

Sometimes in the flurry of daily life your heart can take a beating and become hidden away.   That’s when that happens,  I try to re-connect to my true heart via the magic of Hawthorn, Linden and Rose as a tea … Continue reading

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Make Someone Happy

I was thinking about happiness,  spirituality, herbalism, yoga and living in general recently.  Call it a confluence of thought leading to an a-ha moment. Part of it came when I was flipping through a couple of volumes of an annual … Continue reading

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Tulsi, I just have to sing about it…

Ah yes, I’ve been enjoying me some fresh Tulsi tea a whole lot lately and it’s been something to sing about. Tulsi, aka Holy Basil, (Ocimum sanctum/Ocimum tenuiflorum)  Family:  Lamiaceae I have to say the time I’ve spent with Tulsi … Continue reading

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Forgive me my teacher…

Ever get the nagging feeling something is missing in your yoga practice and interactions with teachers? Sometimes there’s an attitude of relativity and acceptance that simply doesn’t always fulfill me. I can always take down dog or child’s pose as … Continue reading

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