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 By Karen Mallinger    Community 

Herb of the Month: Thyme

This month's herb is one of my favorites. I know, I say that about all herbs! But with the current COVID-19 issues, the medicinal properties of thyme make it an excellent choice as... — Updated 6/3/2020


A major side effect of COVID-19: depression

One of the side effects of this COVID-19 thing is depression. We have seen increases in depression since the lockdown started. Though introverts may be enjoying their solitude, I... — Updated 5/27/2020


Sage Advice: In the Garden - May

Happy May everybody! May is an interesting month here on the Front Range. For those of you who are new to the area, prepare to see unexpected snowstorms, to 90 degree days and... — Updated 5/13/2020


Ask the Herbalist: Moon Phases

Q: Hello, I have been reading your articles every week, which I enjoy very much. I am glad you joined the Fountain Valley News team. I would like to know your opinion on living by... — Updated 5/6/2020


Sage Advice: Herb of the Month - Kava

This month I'm going to introduce you to an herb that many of you may not be familiar with. It's Kava. Kava usage was first observed by Captain Cook and has 3,000 years of usage.... — Updated 4/29/2020


Sage Advice: What to do about seasonal allergies?

Dear Herbalist, Every spring I suffer from seasonal allergies. The minute the trees and bushes start budding, my nose starts running and doesn't stop until well into the summer. HEL... — Updated 4/22/2020

 By Karen Mallinger    News

In the Garden in April

OK, gardeners, it's time to get serious! April is when my growing season starts with carefully planted and protected cold weather crops. If you've been following me so far this year... — Updated 4/15/2020


Be prepared for anything

"Be Prepared." It's the Scout motto, but, "be prepared" for what? When I was in the Navy, we drilled endlessly. I don't know about other branches of the service, but in the Navy,... — Updated 4/8/2020


Perspective on COVID-19

I thought long and hard about writing an article on COVID 19. As an Herbalist, many people and almost all doctors poo poo anything we have to say about anything health related, and... — Updated 4/1/2020


Herb of the Month: Dandelion

I'm going to start a new section called herb of the month. All herbs have medicinal value and I think if all of you knew more about the herbs that are available, you may start... — Updated 3/25/2020


Ferments – and a recipe!

You may have heard me talk about ferments in this column. For those of you who don't know what ferments are and why you should care, here's a short article and a recipe for you to... — Updated 3/25/2020


Ask the Herbalist: Leaky Gut

Dear Karen, I've heard other naturalists talk about 'leaky gut'. It this some kind of new modern-world problem, or is it baloney? And if it's real, how does one know if they have... — Updated 3/18/2020


Greenhouses for March gardens

Several people have asked me about greenhouses, so I wanted to do an article for all of you on it. I will say at the outset, that greenhouses are NOT my specialty, and here in Color... — Updated 3/11/2020


March in the Garden

I love the weather in Colorado. We can have minus-12 one day and 60 degrees the next! It's not fun as a gardener, though. This sporadic temperature variation can continue all the... — Updated 3/4/2020


Confessions of an Herbalist or, things that can make you consider justifiable homicide!

I remember well when it started. It seems like only yesterday I was a happy-go-lucky herbalist. Learning, experiencing and delving into my love of herbs and all things related. My... — Updated 2/26/2020


SAGE ADVICE - Ask the Herbalist

I want to put a disclaimer right at the top of this article. I am not a doctor. My training is in medicine, TCM and nutrition. I am in no way suggesting anyone choose one... — Updated 2/19/2020


Cancer-fighting recommendations

We seem to be seeing more and more incidents of cancer than I can ever remember. It’s heartbreaking. Not to minimize the severity of it, but there are many affordable ways to fight it off from a natural perspective if you are so... — Updated 2/19/2020


Ask the Herbalist – Heart Health

Since this month is heart month, I'm sharing several Ask the Herbalist questions that I have answered concerning heart health. If you have a question, feel free to contact me via th... — Updated 2/12/2020


Ask the Herbalist – Heart Health

Since this month is heart month, I will be sharing several Ask the Herbalist questions that I have answered that many people have. If you have a question, feel free to contact me... — Updated 2/5/2020


SAGE ADVICE: Tips for Healthy Living from a Master Herbalist

I remember moving to upstate New York in 2000. I love the snow and cold, so was not the least bit deterred when folks told horror stories of the massive snowfalls and brutal... — Updated 1/29/2020


Sage Advice

Q: My husband has recently developed eczema on his lower legs. A couple of different doctors have given him creams, which haven't helped at all really. Do you have any natural remed... — Updated 1/23/2020


Sage Advice

Hi Everyone! I hope your holidays were joyful and that your New Year has started out great! I’m excited for the new year and what delights it will bring! I am an avid gardener,... — Updated 1/23/2020


New year, new you? Be realistic!

Tips for healthy living from a master herbalist Happy New Year! I actually love the New Year. It gives me an excuse to sit down and contemplate the future, take stock of where I was... — Updated 1/23/2020


A Winter Herbal Medicine Chest

It's that time of year again, and though I love the snow and sunshine in Colorado, I hate being shut up inside with all those germs floating around. Even for the healthiest souls,... — Updated 1/22/2020


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