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Let's put 2020 to bed!

I can't remember another year I've been so happy to see in the rearview mirror than 2020. This has been one for the books to be sure. Our entire country has been turned upside down... — Updated 1/12/2021


Ask the Herbalist – Detox

Dear Herbalist, I keep hearing about people doing a "detox." What exactly does that entail and why should I do it? -Undetoxed Dear Undetoxed, Thank you for your question. Harmful to... — Updated 1/5/2021


Vitamin D: a wonder supplement

Well, it's December and we've been embroiled in this COVID nonsense since around March. That's right, I said NONSENSE! As a natural health care practitioner, when the CDC and His Ma... — Updated 12/29/2020


Yep - There IS a natural drug!

Anyone who knows me, knows I'm anti-drug. I don't take them and neither does my family. It's a personal choice and one I made years ago after going through some horrible health... — Updated 12/22/2020


Herb of the Month – St. John's Wort

St. John's Wort is an erect plant with a 2-ridged stem and small elliptic leaves dotted with pellucid glands and containing caproic acid which gives off the unpleasant smell of wet... — Updated 12/16/2020


In the Garden: December

Greetings, gardeners! It's December and though there may be snow on the ground, this month and next month are possibly the most important months in the calendar of the garden.... — Updated 12/8/2020


Natural skin care

OK, let's take a little quiz before we start. What is the largest organ of the body? Tick, Tick, Tick. (Think the final "Jeopardy" song!) Time's up! Who had the skin? Gold stars to... — Updated 12/1/2020


Herbed Turkey Recipe or, 'How I broke out of my left-brained cooking mode'

This is an old article I wrote years ago, but it is a "classic" and has been shared in several herbal magazines and books. I hope you enjoy it! OK, admit it. Every year, the same ol... — Updated 11/17/2020


Herb of the Month: Elderberry

This month, in keeping with the immune-building herbs I've been featuring to help all of you through this season, we are going to learn about elderberry. It is a wonderful herb and... — Updated 11/11/2020


In the Garden: November

Happy November, gardeners!! We are moving into the time where we get to rest from our gardening tasks until early spring. I actually love this time of year. I wade through seed cata... — Updated 11/4/2020


The scariest thing about Halloween

October always brings Halloween. I personally hate this holiday for a myriad of reasons. But one of the biggest reasons for my distaste for this holiday is the immense amount of... — Updated 10/28/2020


Herb of the Month: Echinacea

In keeping with the theme of immunity this month, I'm going to present an herb that many of you are familiar with – Echinacea. Many of you may have this in your garden. There are... — Updated 10/21/2020


Sage Advice

It's October and things in the garden are slowly coming to a close. We got a little taste of winter last month as an unexpected snowstorm swept across the Front Range. Most people... — Updated 10/13/2020


Ask the Herbalist: Healthy back to school

Dear Herbalist, My children are going back to school, and every year it's the same scenario. After a couple of weeks, invariably, they are home with a cold or the flu. Is there... — Updated 10/7/2020


Sage Advice - Herb of the Month: Sage

Our herb this month is sage. Many of you only use sage in the stuffing at Thanksgiving. But there is so much more! Description: Sage is a small, rounded shrub with a height of 2 fee... — Updated 9/23/2020


Attack of the giant zucchini

Last month I promised I would share some recipes with you for the abundance of zucchini that we all seem to have every year. I'm not sure why we overplant each time, but it seems... — Updated 9/16/2020


In the Garden: September

It's September already! I'm so looking forward to the cooler temperatures. I've had my fill of 90 degree plus days, thank you very much! Work in the garden never really ends, and... — Updated 9/9/2020


Herb of the Month: Garlic

Garlic or Allium sativum is from the Liliaceae family. Grows in grass like clumps with a height of 1 foot and a width of 6 inches. The flowers are small, rose-white or green-white,... — Updated 8/26/2020


Sage Advice: Ask the Herbalist:

With the whole COVID issue going on, and expected to revive itself in the fall, I wanted to address lung health this month as we prepare to go back into the cold and flu season... — Updated 8/19/2020


Harvesting garlic

It's August, and here on the front range that means it's time to harvest garlic. As many of you know, I'm married to an Italian, and garlic is a mainstay in my kitchen. Of course,... — Updated 8/12/2020


Sage Advice!

Hello Fountain gardeners! How do your gardens grow? August is one of my favorite times in the gardens since everything is starting to come to true fruition and the fruits of my labo... — Updated 8/5/2020


Herb of the month: Jewelweed

Names: touch-me-not, spotted jewelweed, snapweed, wild celandine, lady's earrings, quick-in-the-hand, wild balsam, balsam-weed, slipperweed, silverweed, wild lady's slipper,... — Updated 7/22/2020


Sage Advice: God's healing herbs

Here on the front range, we are blessed with a plethora of wild herbs that coincidentally are very useful for the issues we find most often here. I love the fact that I can find... — Updated 7/15/2020


Just say no ... to synthetic vitamins and processed foods

"Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food." - Hippocrates As I look around, it seems that in spite of all the medical advancements, we seem to be sicker than... — Updated 7/8/2020


In the garden: July

July is an exciting month in the garden because it's time to begin harvesting! Yes, I already have peas harvested and the last of the lettuce has made its way into my salads. Arugul... — Updated 7/1/2020


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