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Coffee: Myth, Folklore, And Magical Properties

Coffee: Myth, Folklore, and Magical Properties

Coffee’s history starts in Ethiopia, where his progenitor, a variety akin to today’s Coffea robusta, grew wild in the low-lying hills. Legend tells that around 600 C.E. a goat-herder named…

Coffee: Seriously Big Medicine

Coffee: Seriously Big Medicine

Grandma's kitchen was bright. I remember sitting near a formica counter that was light blue, white, and yellow. I was eight. I sat up in my chair feeling very grown…

Coffee: Awakening The Mind

Coffee: Awakening the Mind

The first sip went down smoothly. The astringency of the coffee in addition to its warmth cleared my throat. The antioxidant-rich chlorogenic acids were up to the task of bringing down the inflammation that had just started to effect my sinuses. I added a little cream to break up the acidity on my stomach - pure bliss.
Show 87: Herb Lab With Coffee And Okon

Show 87: Herb Lab with Coffee and Okon

When it comes to tasting coffee, there's no better expert than our special guest, Okon Udosenata. He stopped by to show share one of his favorite beans with us, talk cupping and pouring, and offer a few suggestions on how to choose and brew the best roast.
Coffee : Slow Roasted Medicine

Coffee : Slow Roasted Medicine

A warm cup of Joe in the morning is not usually sipped with herbal medicine in mind, but no one will tell you it doesn't have an effect on the body. Coffee is full of stimulants that, when properly placed, provide a remedy for common health problems.
Coffee Brewing – How-to

Coffee Brewing – How-to

One important key to making great coffee is to choose coffee you love. Using this process, the scent and the flavor of your beans will shine as will any unbalance or flaws. Experiment with the best quality beans you can find. Pay attention to the characteristics you like best and to which varieties satisfy your palate. Ignore any coffee experts who try to tell you what you should or shouldn't like. Coffee is highly personal.
Roasted Roots: A Coffee Substitute

Roasted Roots: A Coffee Substitute

The cinnamon in this blend gives it a spicy aroma that mimics a spiced coffee. If, like my partner, you prefer an earthier coffee black with no fancy-stuff, omit the…

Quick Facts: Burdock

Herbal Nerd Society Exclusive Article Editor's Note: The text and still photos in this article are from Herbalism for the Zombie Apocalypse.  Artium minusis, Common Burdock Artium lappa, Greater Burdock…

Passionflower Energetics And Uses

Passionflower Energetics and Uses

Herbal Nerd Society Exclusive Article How would you describe Passionflower? With its glorious, layered, large flowers and almost weedy, vining habit, it's clearly an herb for those who's energies are…

Show 127: Herb Lab – Jason Scott – Mushroom Alchemy

Show 127: Herb Lab – Jason Scott – Mushroom Alchemy

After talking with spagyricist and mycologist Jason Scott of Feral Fungi and AlcheMycology about the synergy of mushrooms, medicine and alchemy, Sue and Candace have donned their wizard hats and are reporting on their own alchemy. For Sue, was a simple mushroom hunt but Candace went much deeper down the rabbit hole.
Show 112: Digestive Health With Thomas Easley

Show 112: Digestive Health with Thomas Easley

It's a question we herbalists find ourselves asking more often than you might imagine. Solid, effective digestion is key to sustainable, long-term health as well as healing disease of many types.
Pumpkin Spice Blend Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Blend Recipe

Pumpkin Spice has risen so rapidly in popularity over the last few years that it dominates everything from coffee drinks to social media hashtags. Once the public realized the flexibility…

Show 70: Kratom, An Age-old Herbal Remedy Resurfaces

Show 70: Kratom, An Age-old Herbal Remedy Resurfaces

Old Herbal Cures resurface in the herbal world all the time. Sometimes, they hit our main stream culture as super foods or super cures, and sometimes they're vilified. Most often, those extreme takes on the plants our ancestors knew well are born from ignorance about the plant or the cultural context in which we humans first befriended it.
Show 64: Adaptogen Herbs With Maria Noël Groves

Show 64: Adaptogen Herbs with Maria Noël Groves

As herbalists, we often talk about our favorite plant friend for specific conditions, like Crohn's or Alzheimer's diseases. One class of herbs often helps bring balance to all the body's systems: The Adaptogens.
Apple Rot City, USA – Compost 101

Apple Rot City, USA – Compost 101

Apple season has it's glories. The crisp crunch of a freshly picked apple. The bubble and plop of applesauce on the stove. The smell of apple pie cooling on the…

Three-Root Syrup Recipe

Three-Root Syrup Recipe

If you've made Candied Burdock or Candied Turmeric, Three-Root Syrup is a natural follow-up project. Burdock and Turmeric are classic blood-purifying herbs. They're often included in detoxification blends and both…

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