Mountain Tea

Growing wild in most Mediterranean and many Central European regions, Mountain Tea has a long history of use as an herb of healing and magic. This fuzzy flowering plant known formally as Sideritis syriaca has a host of folk names including Ironwort and Shepherd’s Tea. The Greek word Sideritis where Mountain Tea gets its formal name translates to ‘she who possesses iron’; a definite nod in the direction of the energy and application of this delightful mountain herb. Mountain Tea, as its name implies, is most commonly used as a tea. I generally steep it as a gentle infusion, […] Read More

Greenthread Navajo Tea

Recently I was introduced to a sweet little plant that grows wild where I live and has grown wild in the hearts of Indigenous people’s from across the Southwest United States for ages. Lovingly known as Navajo Tea or Indian Tea, Thelesperma spp. is a relative of both the Daisy and Sunflower and is most commonly known as Greenthread or Cota. Greenthread has been used by the Indigenous peoples of the Southwest for as long as we know. The Navajo, Hopi, Apache, and Pueblo Indians all have a historical connection to Cota, and twigs of it have been found […] Read More

Sacred Blossom Farm

Among the ‘green blooded’ people, those who love plants, there seems to be an endless stream of synchronicity. We often find ourselves in the same places at the same time, reaching for the same book at the bookstore, or wandering on the same paths in the wilderness. In the case of Sacred Blossom Farm, we found ourselves agreeing on the term ‘Living Herbal Tea’ as a poetic and poignant way of stating just how we feel about plant medicine. Sacred Blossom Farm is a project run by my friend Tony DiMaggio in Wisconsin. He grows herbs and sources them […] Read More

Adaptogen Herbal Teas

In case you didn’t already know, I am a huge fan of the adaptogen class of herbs. These specialized, powerful herbs bring something extremely important to our modern lives- and I think they’re one of the most crucial types of plant medicines to understand and work with. I’ve devoted my clinical practice to working with adaptogen herbs, and in this post I want to show you how you can incorporate adaptogen herbal teas into your wellness routine. What Are Adaptogens? I’m glad you asked! Adaptogens are a class of herbs that all have something very special in common. These […] Read More