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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: An herbal medicine chest for cold and flu season

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 9/30/2020


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


Sage Advice

Well, it's that time again. School is getting ready to start (or not). And every fall, we go through the same thing. Our children are taken from the fresh air and exercise of the... — Updated 9/2/2020


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!

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


Ask the Herbalist: Endometriosis

Dear Herbalist, I really enjoy reading your column. I hope you can answer some of my questions below: I recently found out that I have a condition called "endometriosis" along with... — Updated 7/29/2020


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


Herb of the month: Tarragon

I love tarragon! It is wonderful with chicken and fish and used extensively in French cooking. This month we're going to take a closer look at this wonderful herb that grows very we... — Updated 6/24/2020


In the Garden: June

With the COVID lockdown, most of us should have had plenty of time to spend in our gardens. I mean, there was nothing else to do and nowhere to go, right? If, for some reason, you... — Updated 6/17/2020


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


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


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


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