Tonight! Accessible Herbalism: Having Fun with Powdered Herbs

Class tonight at The Herb Shoppe!

Powdered herbs are effective, inexpensive, and easy to use! Together, we’ll prepare a milky coconut ashwagandha beverage, a chai honey paste, and a tumeric ghee using powdered herbs. You’ll get to taste samples in class! This may be just the key to building a sustainable habit of taking your herbs every day.

A Jaunt in the Eastern Columbia River Gorge

We took a long, wet, wandering walk in the hills above the Mosier today, seeking what we wished would be epic fields of wildflowers. What a wonder we wound up in!

Beginning our ascent up the hills of basalt, serviceberry and maple blooms at our flanks.

Orobanche uniflora – a stunning patch of a this beautiful root parasite. Mark Turner writes they feed off of sedums, saxifrages, and species of the Aster family.

Collinsia grandiflora: Blue eyed Mary

Caryophyllaceae – Possibly a Silene?

With meadow as our classroom, we explored the basics of plant anatomy, botanical terminology, and plant ID.

Overlooking the Columbia river, with Castilleja (Indian Paintbrush), Balsamorrhiza careyana  (Carey’s Balsamroot), Delphinium (Larkspur), Dodecatheon (Shooting Star), and Lomatium (lomatium) in the foreground.

Meadows of Ranunculus occidentalis (Western Buttercup)

While it appeared peak bloom was still to come, the diversity we saw was incredible.

Fritillaria affinis (Chocolate Lily) – one of my favorite lilies!

Dodecatheon (Shooting star)

Delphinium (Larkspur) and Claytonia perfoliata (Miner’s lettuce)

After lunching amongst the oaks, we climbed to the top of the hill to prepare our flower essence and connect with the balsam root flowers.

Fields of Balsamorrhiza caryana (Carey’s Balsamroot) just beginning to really start to bloom!

Such a blessing to spend time with other plant lovers eager to learn all they can with and about our plant family.

Amelanchier alnifolia (Serviceberry)

Serviceberry amongst the lava spires.

Walking Amongst the Wind and Flowers

The wind whipped our spirits up high, sun and light rain mixing into an electric spring sunshine, filling us with primaveral energy, alternately exhausting and quickening, freezing gales giving way to radiant warmth that filled the bones. We adventured out east through the Columbia river gorge, crossed a bridge dedicated to the gods, and gave warm greetings to the sleepy fae folk finally peaking their heads above earth, bravely leading the way to paint the hilltops.



Weedy Herbs to Enliven You! at The Herb Shoppe, Tues April 3rd

Chickweed, dandelion, burdock, and nettles, oh my! Medicine grows all around us – and these weedy herbs are jam-packed with enlivening vitamins and minerals as well as gently cleansing components. After a winter of eating comfort foods and hiding in our houses, it’s time to call upon the herbs of the season to rejuvenate us. Join us so you can learn more about these feral superfoods and try a few of their many preparations, including herbal pestos, mineral-rich-sprinkles, and teas.

Pre-registration through eventbrite offering sliding scale $10-$30. No one will be turned away for lack of sufficient funds.   Get tickets here!

Fortify: The Art of Crafting a Mineral Rich Syrup – this Tuesday at The Herb Shoppe!

In celebration of the Spring Equinox, we’ll be gathering to concoct a deeply nourishing mineral-rich syrup. Like the sap rising in the trees, the growing solar energy compels us to rise up and emerge from our hibernation. However, we may still be depleted and groggy after a long hard winter – this potion could be just the trick to revitalize and prepare us for a beautiful blooming spring.

Pre-register here!


Tonight! Embracing the Wheel of the Year at The Herb Shoppe

Tonight at The Herb Shoppe! Located at 3912 N. Mississippi Ave. Portland, Oregon

Spring time is a time of emerging from dampness and darkness. As the sunlight and warmth increases, we may find stirrings of emergence rising within us too! However, after a winter of less activity and heavier foods, you may feel that you lack the energy or clarity to rise to the occasion. Check out our class to learn more about transitioning your body and spirit from a time of hibernation to a time of vibrant growth using practices, diet, and herbs inspired by Ayurveda.

Pre-registration through eventbrite offering sliding scale $10-$30. No one will be turned away for lack of sufficient funds.

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Class Postponed Tonight due to Weather

Hi folks – I’m sad to announce, due to uncertain and possibly icy weather conditions tonight, we’ve decided to postpone my class on Herbs to Soothe the Heart at the Herb Shoppe tonight..
Seeing as it’s a class about soothing the heart, I truly don’t want to add any travel anxiety to your lives!
Stay tuned for future announcements on the new day and time.