Chestnut Herbal School


Another trick up my sleeve

Another Trick Up My SleeveWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor I recently discovered an easy way to make photo collages (an app called pic frame, available for macs). Apparently, there are many easy-to-use applications in the ethers perfect for folks like me, who lack photoshop skills or inclinations. Here are some of the goodies I [...]


TiltillateWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor 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! Calendula [...]


TiltWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor Echinacea purpurea 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 [...]

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

Passionflower is ecologically intriguing, drop-dead gorgeous, and an incredibly useful herbal medicine and wild edible. So I introduce this passionflower materia medica with some ecological, botanical, and cultivation snippets specific to this amazingly charismatic native vine, and hope that you wont skip this juiciness for the medicinal information.

Joys of the greening

Joys of the GreeningWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor Blue Cohosh, Caulophyllum thalictroides, Berberidaceae Here is the second set of the greening photos I promised earlier in the week. For those of you who play/learn on facebook with me, you may have already seen some of these. And I figure enough of you do not [...]

The greening

The GreeningWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor Our neighborhood farmers' precious daughter My excitement for springtime is punctuated with the hurriedness of the tending - our nursery, school and gardens. Anyone tied to the land in the northern temperate world knows this springtime reality. And yet it is such a juicy time. In between my [...]

My Lovely Office Assistant

My Lovely Office AssistantWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor Ms. Rose driving a hard deal I would like to introduce my lovely office assistant, Ms. Rose, whose many talents include: Finding new and unusual ways to incorporate post-its and scotch tape into thought-provoking and controversial art installments throughout the workplace. Asking for a snack repeatedly [...]


Estrogens are a group of steroid hormones that function as the primary female reproductive messengers.  Estrogen has its etymological roots in the Anglo-Saxon goddess of fertility Oestre, and can be broken down as follows: from estrus (period of fertility for female mammals) + gen (to generate). There are three types of estrogens known: Estradiol– the […]