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]

The Power of a Well-Balanced Formula

by JuJu Bearwoman Simply Being Botanicals is a fine line of tinctures that HAALo offers to the community in our showcase of locally-made herbal remedies. They consist of both single herb (aka “simples”) and formulated extractions. Raya Cole, an herbalist and mother here in Nevada City, is the owner and formulator of Simply Being. She… [Read More]

Harvesting Sustainable Health Care

by Rachel Berry Four years ago, a small group of determined women began meeting to discuss what sustainable health care could look like in Nevada City. We all had been personally transformed and empowered by herbal medicine, and were passionate about making this sustainable, earth-based medicine more accessible in Nevada County. Quickly, we learned that… [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]

Let’s “raise an herb shop” together

Dear herbal friends, It’s that time of year again when hundreds of our local herbs start blooming and we have a very short window of time to wildcraft or harvest before the ideal time has passed. As I drive the roads of our county, I am in constant excitement and awe as I see all… [Read More]