May 26, 2012
Shennong is my third submission to the history of natural medicine. Legendary ruler and Chinese hero Shennong lived over 5,00 years ago. He has not only been recognized for teaching the Chinese agriculture but also the use of herbal medicines. While credited with the use and discovery of many different herbs, he is most notably attributed to the use and promotion of tea leaves as a cure for a wide variety of ailments and poisons. In his quest for herbal knowledge he is rumored to have consumed samples of all the herbs he collected so he could experience and understand the plant on all levels. Many traditional chinese herbalist are still taught and practice this way.
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March 29, 2012
Great little article by a patient surprised with the effectiveness of natural remedies after a year of recurrent antibiotics He goes on explain the mechanism of Garlic, Ginger, Vitamin C, Echinacea and olive leaf extract.
February 4, 2012
My latest article for natural news
Licorice, or Glycyrrhiza glabra, is a legume and member of the Fabaceae, or pea family. It has been used for over 3,000 years to treat a variety of ailments. Currently, medical studies support the use of licorice for the treatment of inflamed intestinal tissues, but its does much more than just that. Not only is licorice an adaptogen and strong anti-viral, but it can also be used specifically in the treatment of Barrett’s esophagus….
Read the rest of the article on NaturalNews: Licorice & Barrett’s Esophagus
January 17, 2012
This past holiday season, I wanted to make my friends and family something infused with love to last them throughout the year. I decided to make a few things…salves- one for the ladies and one for the fellas, dream pillows and oatscrubs.
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December 28, 2011
Moonflower.photo by Morgan DeVoe.
This year, we were excited to go all out with garden space we have at our Elm St Castle. Morganalefay & EternalInnerSmile busted their humps cleaning up the beds and fixing the weathered greenhouse that we are also SO lucky to have on the property. They started the bounty of veggies, tons of cooking herbs and many many medicinal herbs. Not sure what to flourish next, I decided to surprise the girls with a little project of my own- a Witch Inspired Moon Garden.
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September 16, 2011
West Canada Lakes, Adirondacks- New York 7.20
Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja (photo by Scott Chimileski)
Heal-All, Self-Heal, Prunella-vulgaris (photo by Scott Chimileski)
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September 12, 2011
I was lucky enough to squeeze in a lot of backpacking and camping trips this summer with my friends and family. While marveling at the wonders of it all, re-grounding ourselves and finding tranquility with nature, we also did a lot of plant identification on the run! Love you Peterson Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs!!
Alander Taconics, Mass. 5.20 with my brother Scott and Chris-a dear, sweet friend of mine…
Violet,Viola (photo by scott chimilesk)
Wood Betony- Stachy officinalis (photo by scott chimileski)
August 18, 2011
Over the summer, Miss Audrey and I were lucky enough to have a slight run in with, what must have been a killer-super-mutated (likely Monsanto modified) strain of poison ivy on Block Island. While attempting to tame the beast of the itch for Audrey, whose case was far, far worse than mine , I gathered up some local Jewelweed, or Impatiens capensis.
Then I gathered some chamomile and caledula from our garden.
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July 16, 2011
When I enrolled at University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine I knew I would be in for an unique education, that’s what I was going there for, but I did not realize that a few test cramming months later I would be in the Jamaican Bush studying medicinal herbs with my mentors and colleagues. Dr. Eugene Zampieron, ND, is one of the core clinical and academic faculty at UBCNM and has helped build the program from the ground up over the past decade.
Naturopathic Doctors (ND) receive an equivalently accredited education to MDs (4 graduate level years, 4,100 hours of study and 1,200 direct patient contact clock hours) but differ in the philosophy behind their treatment approach. NDs use mostly natural treatments but more importantly, they look to identify and treat the underlying cause of the illness, not just the symptoms. Individualized natural treatment options are then outlined for the patient and the ND and patient work together to restore health and happiness.
During is undergraduate education in biology, Dr. Z began visiting remote areas of Jamaica. He returned frequently and during a subsequent trip for his graduate studies in marine biology, he fell ill with a severe case of dysentery. When the mainstream “Babylon” medicine only made things worse, he went to see an old friend, Jamba, and his Maroon healer elder, Pop-a-top, for help. After three days of sacred herbal gathering, decoctions, chanting and drumming they were able to restore his health and a brotherhood was formed. Pop-a-top advised Dr. Z that the illness had a spiritual connection and it would change his life. Sure enough, the event provoked Dr. Z to leave the field of marine biology and to peruse a career in natural medicine at Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences in Seattle, WA. After graduating he moved back out east, established a private practice in Woodbury, CT and began his influential role at UBCNM. Now, once a year Dr. Z is kind enough to share this connection with us and provide an opportunity for a few of my classmates and I to gather and study herbs, immerse ourselves in the Rasta culture and reconnect with nature….
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