Lately, I’ve been exploring xeno and phytoestrogens to get a better understanding of how these can harm and benefit our health. This recently got kicked off with my article: Are Phytoestrogens Dangerous or Healthy? Follow up articles had to do with a specific phytoestrogen beta-sitosterol, as … [Read more...] about Xeno vs Phyto Estrogens
I’ve discussed many times how the quality of the water you drink is extremely important to your health. Almost everyone talks about what kind of filters to use, but I skipped past all that and went straight to a source, a fresh spring as detailed in Upgrade Your Water. In Santa Cruz, … [Read more...] about Do You Drink Radioactive Water?
I was interviewed on a podcast recently. It’s not been published yet, but I’ll be sure to share when it is. The hosts of the show were a couple. And they mentioned what to me was an amazing idea. So much so that I’m immediately applying it…and I know a good chunk of our customers might want to … [Read more...] about Cycling Herbs with Her Cycle
Zoopharmacognosy is a ... Long word, isn't it? But we’ve all seen it in action around pets. Have you ever watched a dog or cat eat some grass and then throw it up? When they eat something bad or have an upset stomach or a parasite, this is a common behavior. But it is far from the only way … [Read more...] about Zoopharmacognosy
My primary teacher in the realm of herbalism is Sajah Popham. As such, I thought it would be great to review his book published last year, Evolutionary Herbalism: Science, Spirituality, and Medicine from the Heart of Nature. Here is the chapter breakdown: Part 1: The Light of Nature … [Read more...] about Evolutionary Herbalism Book Review
The Stay Grounded Podcast with Raj Jana is one of my favorite podcasts to be on. We've had some very deep and interesting conversations. I wanted to take the time to share this episode with you for a few reasons. This podcast mostly centers on how we've become disconnected from nature and how … [Read more...] about Stay Grounded Podcast
Urtification refers to the flogging of the body with the fresh nettle plant. The name urtification comes from the latin name of nettles, Urtica dioica. This process has historically been popular in folk medicine. What are the benefits of urtification? And does it work? I had heard about this … [Read more...] about Urtification or Stinging Nettles on the Skin
Church of Nature is a concept I've been using for a few months. It helps to ensure that I make the time to get outdoors in nature more regularly and to acknowledge the awe and respect for nature it deserves. What's involved in this? Watch this video to find … [Read more...] about Church of Nature
I created this video to expand on some of the concepts in my new book Powered By Nature. Haven’t picked up your copy yet? Check out the incredible deal where we'll essentially pay you to buy the book by giving you a Lost Empire Herbs gift card, plus you’ll help save two acres of the Amazon … [Read more...] about Footwear for Health: What Is Best?
At first, when I started hiking for mushrooms, I was bummed out to learn that Reishi, Chaga or Cordyceps don't grow in my area. Some of the most famous mushrooms just aren't here where I live. But then I got to know more about the mushrooms that do grow in my area and discovered: Lots of … [Read more...] about Hiking for Mushrooms
Where do I personally get my water from? It's not from the tap...even though I'm on a good quality well, not even the municipal supply. I aim for the best...and in this case, that means fresh spring water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obk_TE5ArpU&feature=youtu.be Water that has been … [Read more...] about Where Do I Get My Water?
It is fun to learn about the amazing herbs that grow all around you. All on the roadsides near my house, and beyond them, the St. John's Wort has been in full bloom. I figured I'd bring you in on the first time wild harvesting and tincturing the St. John's … [Read more...] about Harvesting and Tincturing St. John’s Wort
Many folks avoid eating bitter foods. Why? Well, some scientists think it may be because of evolution, or maybe modern day has us used to being comfortable with fancy and "good" tasting foods, and so we may have forgotten that not everything good for us.... tastes great! Since back in the … [Read more...] about Bitter is Better: What Bitter Means in the Herb World
We’re not the only ones to use plants. I came across this recent news story. The Sun described it as: “CURE-IOUS GEORGE Orangutans may be secret medical geniuses as NEW footage reveals great apes applying their own mysterious medicine” A little over the top, right? They said that, … [Read more...] about Orangutans Use Topical Medicinal Plants
The more I’ve gotten into nutrition, the more I’ve realized the importance of having an actual connection to food. The reason there are 10,000 different diets, with a new one coming out every day, is because the civilized human species has largely lost this connection, and this leads to all kinds … [Read more...] about Crabbing, Fishing and Connection to Food
The other week I attended a seaweed foraging class that was put on through ForageSF. This required me to wake up at 2:45 in the morning to drive a few hours up the coast, but it was worth it. I’m amazed at how something that seems so difficult at first, can turn into something so easy with a … [Read more...] about Seaweed Foraging
Happiness is one of the most desired qualities of life. In fact, the majority of our population is on a constant quest to achieve it. Yet, why is it that something so simple, so natural, seems so elusive with such a difficulty to achieve. There are many factors that contribute to why numerous … [Read more...] about The Quest for Happiness
If you've read our mission, then you already know that we aim to drastically improve the life of people with herbs, but also using information we provide. Speaking of which, we simply do not have enough time to put out everything we want on our blog. For that reason, we decided to create a Top … [Read more...] about Top 50 Herbal Blogs
With a nickname like “the Miracle Tree”, it’s not difficult to imagine that moringa deserves your attention. Moringa oleifera, or simply moringa, is a tropical tree that grows plentifully in Central America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Having been used medicinally for more … [Read more...] about The Miracle Tree: Moringa
While I normally don't think much of Earth Day any given year, I decided to put fingers to buttons and give it a good considering. This is free form writing. Much of it has been formed in the last 5 or 6 years after I started my health journey. These are just my opinions, so you are free to … [Read more...] about Earth Day Meditation
The “rational” viewpoint says that ancient peoples found out what plants did through trial and error. This is what WE say THEY did. Yet what all the ancient people say is that they learned from the plants themselves as well as in visions and dreams. Stephen Harrod Buhner shares in his book, … [Read more...] about It can’t be trial and error…
We are committed to giving 1% of our gross profit to sustainable and nature based charities. We discussed the first charity we’re giving to, Pachamama Alliance, in this post. I also traveled with this organization to the Amazon in Ecuador, so I got to see firsthand some of the work they’re … [Read more...] about We raised $9217.33 with your help…