5 Immune Boosting Tips for Back To School

by Jahwei Chen-Graf, Naturopath and Herbalist at HAALo The end of summer and shift into the back to school routine is bittersweet… the days get shorter and crispness creeps into the night air. Both kids and adults need to be well rested and well nourished to ensure a strong immune system in order to stay… [Read More]

August Herb of the Month Club: St. John’s Wort

by Jon Oleson Our annual solar apex has many names—Summer Solstice, Midsummer, and St. John’s Day to name a few. They say that it’s from the latter that St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) claims its name. Midsummer is a time for celebrating the light, the vital force, and the spiritual flame; a time when the… [Read More]

Calendula: Medicinal and Immune-Boosting Edible Flower

by Juliet Blankespoor Calendula is one of the primary herbs I recommend for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), along with licorice, slippery elm and meadowsweet. I also find it helpful in healing peptic ulcers; it can be taken concurrently with antibiotic therapy, and then continued for two weeks after finishing treatment. Calendula is often combined with… [Read More]

Yarrow: first aid ally

by Jon Oleson Yarrow, Achillea millefolium (Asteraceae), is said to be named after the warrior Achilles, who used the herb to treat his wounded soldiers. Many sources talk of Yarrow’s use as a styptic (stops bleeding), but the herbal first aid gurus who I’ve studied with hold it in higher regard as a disinfectant. Additionally,… [Read More]

Cared For and Loved by Green Beings: Our Symbiotic Relationship with Plants and Trees

by Pam Montgomery, a guest post reprinted with permission Is it possible that we evolved from plants? Could we have cognitive functioning because of plants? Is our raising of consciousness dependent on our relationship with plants? The answer is ‘yes,’ read on and see how and why. History of plant emergence Fossil records show that plants… [Read More]

The Mechanics of Plant Communication

by Jon Oleson Western Herbalist (CH), Flower Essence Clinician, Plant Communication Guide at HAALo We all walk in mysteries. We do not know what is stirring in the atmosphere that surrounds us, nor how it is connected with our own spirit. So much is certain—that at times we can put out the feelers of our… [Read More]