Miscellaneous

Herbs for the Immune System

Introduction to Immune Stimulants, Immunomodulators and Antimicrobials   Text and Photographs by Juliet Blankespoor The following article is an excerpt from our 1,000-hour Herbal Immersion Program, which is the most comprehensive handcrafted online herbal course out there.  Before we dive into herbs for the immune system, we’re going to start with lifestyles for the immune system. Because […]

The Ecology of Estrogen in the Female Body

–   Text and Photographs by Juliet Blankespoor – Women today live in a very different world than our foremothers. Our female predecessors began menstruating later in life, had more children, breastfed longer, underwent menopause earlier, ate whole foods, and lived in a cleaner environment. Women today have approximately ten times as many menstrual cycles […]

Sprung

– Text and Photographs by Juliet Blankespoor Warning: This post is personal and philosophical, and not especially informational. If you were hoping to read about staminodes or involucres, or even how to eat your lawn, you will have to wait until my next post. Spring has arrived in sputters this year: sunshine flirting with frost, […]

Lavender’s Medicinal and Aromatherapy Uses and Lavender Truffles

There are few scents in this world that evoke the feeling of clean – lavender is one of them. Its common and scientific name originates from lavare, the Latin word for wash or bathe. Lavender was popular as a linen-washing herb in Europe, no doubt due to its pleasant aroma, but it also possesses antiseptic […]

Calendula – Sunshine Incarnate – an Edible and Medicinal Flower

Calendula officinalis is one of the easiest-to-grow medicinal herbs and so versatile in its healing properties that it invariably finds its way into the hearts and gardens of all herb lovers. It is typically grown as an annual, but can be cultivated as a short-lived perennial in warmer climes (Zone 8-10). Calendula’s name derives from […]

Tiltillate

It is truly feeling like autumn with the temperatures dropping down into the thirties and the light slanting low and golden. The air like a cool mountain stream: cool, clear and invigorating. Here is the second set of my favorite summer photos. Enjoy, and keep it frisky folks! I do love to hear from you, […]

Tilt

As summer draws to a close, I am sharing some of my favorite photos of the season. One of my favorite aspects of photography is the ability to lift out one aspect of reality by featuring my perspective on time and place. Photography shapes my perception of light and form and also helps me to […]

Passionflower – Ecology, Cultivation, Botany, and Medicinal and Edible Uses

If you have been following my blog or studied with me, you know I am interested in plant relationships in all their various forms, and not just plant/human relationships. Often when I am teaching, a student will interrupt my ramblings on ecology, botany, or cultivation to ask the proverbial “But what is it used for?” […]