Guide to All Things Topical

?? Welcome friends! This is an introductory guide to topical medicine – created alongside a webinar of the same name. My goal with this guide is to show you what’s possible when we look at the whole picture of health through the lens of topical medicine. The biggest question of topical medicine is… Will this…

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My Love Affair With The Fungal World

Mushroom foraging is one of my favorite activities. It encourages me to wander through different forests in 3 out of the 4 seasons.  (During the snowy seasons I’m out on my cross country skis in the forests dreaming about next year’s mushroom harvests.) I receive many benefits from this one activity: I’m alone in the…

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How to Know If growing Cannabis is for me?

Many people have been curious about growing cannabis and usually come up against two major concerns.  The first is legal issues; am I “allowed” to grow this plant, and if I do, will I go to jail?  The second is the false belief that growing cannabis is just too complicated.  This post is here to…

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Journey of the Heart from Inside My Skin

I wanted to take a little moment to share with you all what our Journey of the Heart program is from inside my skin. It’s been so hard to talk about this deep and profound program we offer because it doesn’t fit into a nice neat description. It’s one of those things that if I…

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First Stirrings of Spring

Funny how a month ago the onslaught of seed catalogues was too overwhelming and  I shouted, “I’m not ready yet!” and quickly scrolled by photos of people’s seed orders. Now most of our seeds are here, white sage is sprouting and I can’t wait for the snow to melt and to be able to get…

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A Delicate & Delicious Hug From Rose

Seasonal celebrations are upon us. Happy Imbolc! Imbolc is the Celtic celebration of the hope of Spring. St. Valentine’s Day, a celebration of the heart is quickly approaching us. I thought I’d take a moment here, at the start of the season of hope, to share a favorite recipe of our Heartsease Rose Elixir. A…

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Live Class Happenings

You may or may not have noticed in the bountiness of my last newsletter that I’ll be offering some live classes here at the The First Unitarian Society of Ithaca coming up in a few weeks. This brief note is to share a little more about the classes and why I’m doing them.  My favorite…

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A Few Moments About My Mentor, Rosemary Gladstar

Rosemary Gladstar is one of the people responsible for reigniting western herbalism here in the U.S. You can read her long list of accomplishments elsewhere, from authoring many books on herbalism, founding the United Plant Savers and the International Herbal Symposium, carrying on the New England Women’s Herbal Conference for 30 years, and bringing thousands…

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Why You Get Stuck Learning Anatomy & Physiology and What To Do About It

Recently we wrapped up our big annual survey and the results were fascinating. What a great learning tool for me as a teacher to read the 317 answers to the question, “Where do you get stuck in your learning?”  I have always appreciated the feedback I’ve received over the years as a teacher. I believe,…

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Annual Enrollment Workshops for Herbalists

This is wonderful news – my first herbal teacher, mentor, friend, and the “fairy godmother of herbalism”, Rosemary Gladstar, who I studied with from 1999-2004, has offered to teach a free, live workshop next week for Heartstone Online. Moments later we were able to confirm another workshop with Charis Lindrooth of Botanic Wise on Stress…

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