Chestnut Herbal School


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.

The greening

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 thirteen hour work days, I have the wonderful opportunity to get out […]

My Lovely Office Assistant

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 when her employer is on the phone with a prospective student, with three able adults […]


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 […]

Endocrine disruptors

Sometime in my early twenties, I began to notice that many of the women around me were experiencing reproductive disease in some form: endometriosis, cervical dysplasia, ovarian cysts, infertility, uterine fibroids, breast cancer etc. It didn’t seem to me that the evolutionary process would select for such faulty equipment, especially given the healthy lifestyles and […]