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The Heart of Feverfew

It was a soggy spring, which made for a lot of fast growth in the gardens. Above is a photo of our herb wheel, where an assortment of medicinals and volunteer weeds currently reside. One thing I learned early on about tending plants is that you never know how the growing season will turn out. [...]

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Spring Detox Herb Harvest

Recent Plantain and Nettle HarvestThis is often my favorite time of year. The spring herbs are popping up all over the place in abundance. After a long winter, it's always satisfying to witness Earth's rebirth, and be able to taste again fresh off the plant leaves and flowers. We've been busy at NGTHerbals harvesting the [...]

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A Brief Introduction to the Power of Yarrow

Spring has sprung here in Minnesota. I spent part of the weekend planting the garden, including some of the herbs I will be turning into medicine for NGTHerbals. Already, there was a bumper crop of nettles and dandelions available, so plucked some of them for a new round of tinctures. I have a handful of [...]

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Zen Herbalism

We are being soaked right now with early spring rains here in Minnesota. Already, the nettle patch in my garden is bursting forth, bigger than ever. Soon, the dandelions will come, and then the clovers, plantains, and thistles. I'm anxious to get cracking on bottling more medicine. Even though it's cold outside, visions of green [...]

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Decolonizing Weeds

“On the whole people might be better off if they threw away the crops they so tenderly raise and ate the weeds they spend so much time exterminating.” ~ Euell Gibbons, Stalking the Wild AsparagusI have a fondness for weeds. For the forgotten, dismissed, and marginalized. Anyone who visits my garden in mid-summer probably wonders [...]

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An Herbal Love Story

I started regularly gardening towards the end of my undergrad days. It didn’t take long before I also became interested in herbal medicine. My sister was working in the health section of a local co-op those days, and often brought home samples of different herbal remedies for us to try out. I began researching the plants, and the whole thing [...]

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