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]

Garlic: Gateway to Health

by Megan Blumenstein, Integrative Herbalist at HAALo Owner of Blüm & Brü Broths and Blüm Botanicals Behind the counter when recommending herbs to people at HAALo I often recommend the use of garlic for many ailments and health concerns. I LOVE garlic and find that it is very effective in the treatment of many issues. Throughout… [Read More]

Keep our Rivers Flowing: An Ayurvedic Approach to the Lymphatic System

by Monica Tomasi, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist The Yuba River has a good healthy flow to it lately; it is such a great place to visit after a long hot day to cool down. In Ayurveda, our lymphatic system is referred to as rasa dhatu, meaning “the river of life.” Our lymphatic system acts very… [Read More]

Feel vital, healthy and whole

Penelope Sullivan challenges the Western medicine paradigm of treating ailments and symptoms by looking at health from a holistic perspective that includes dietary and herbal considerations as well as lifestyle choices. Penelope shares her knowledge in several upcoming workshops at the HAALo herb shoppe. She has tuned in to some deeper needs of our culture… [Read More]

What are your top 3 favorite plants to put in the garden?

We asked our herbalists: What are your top 3 favorite plants to put in the garden? Jahwei Chen-Graf My favorite plants for the herbal garden are ones that are easy to grow and useful medicinally. 1) Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Calendula is a bright and happy plant that is beautiful to look at. It has been… [Read More]

Shea’s Sacred Spaces

Hello, Friends! What a journey it’s been since the last column on the heart opening experiences. As many of you may or may not know, recently I had a series of three spinal surgeries to repair a disc, a broken vertebrae, damage to my spinal cord and a bone graft. I was operated on both… [Read More]