Nutrition and Herbal Blog

We’ve partnered with our colleague Erin Smith to provide accurate, useful information on herbal medicine and nutrition. Erin has been working with plants for over 25 years. She is medical herbalist, ethnobotanist, and has worked with the UN internationally preserving herbal wisdom.

She is the creator of Plant-Passionate Living™, an interactive program that supports health and vitality through cultivating a deeper relationship with plants. She is the Founder and Director of the Center for Integrative Botanical Studies. In our opinion, she is one the best-trained, experienced herbalists out there. Click here to learn more about Erin and her programs. We’re grateful for her seasoned contribution.

The Herbs of Summer

By Herbalist Erin Smith It’s the peak of summer. If you are like me, you are probably spending a lot of time outdoors – with the plants, with the water, with a good book, or perhaps all of the above. While summer is a great time for all herbs, here are a few must have...

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Plant Profile: Linden/Lime

Plant Profile: Linden/Lime (Tilia spp.) From Herbalist Erin Smith This time of year the air is sweet with Linden. These beautiful trees provide luscious green shade and have a sweet, sensuous smell that will stop you in your tracks.  If you’ve ever walked down a...

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Plant Profile: Elder

Plant Profile: Elder (Sambucus nigra) From Herbalist Erin Smith As winter gets closer, the cold and flu season is upon us. One of the best herbs for this season is Elder (Sambucus nigra). It offers gentle yet powerful support to promote your supports your body’s...

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Plant Profile: Burdock

Plant Profile: Burdock (Arctium lappa) From Herbalist Erin Smith For many, their first experience of Burdock is finding its burs stuck to their clothing or trying to untangle it from dog fur. Besides these Velcro inspiring burs, Burdock is also an ancient medicine in...

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Plant Profile: Milk Thistle

Plant Profile: Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) From Herbalist Erin Smith Thistles get a bad rap. They are often looked at as the peskiest of weeds for their persistence and thorny nature that makes them difficult to remove by hand. But as is often the case with our...

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Plant Profile: Violet

Plant Profile: Violet from Herbalist Erin Smith It is hard to not smile in the presence of violet. The beautiful and delicate flowers are a favorite early spring treat and begin to pop up in March.  Long associated with Aphrodite, they are a symbol of love and...

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Medicine in Your Spice Cabinet

Medicine in Your Spice Cabinet from Herbalist Erin Smith You don’t have to go foraging or even to your local apothecary to start enjoying the health benefits of plant medicines.  Your spice cabinet is also your medicine cabinet. Spices, and our desire for their varied...

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Plant Profile: Ho Shou Wu

Plant Profile: Ho Shu Wu (Polygonum multiflorum) from Herbalist Erin Smith Ho-Shou-Wu is one of my favorite herbs. It is wonderfully grounding and calming and I find that one of its best adaptogenic effects is to allow you to remain clear and calm during times of...

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Plant Profile: Wood Betony

Plant Profile: Wood Betony (Stachys officinalis) from Herbalist Erin Smith Wood Betony (also known as Hedge Nettle) was long revered throughout ancient Europe for its healing and magical properties.  Thought of as a powerful panacea, it was the most prized medicinal...

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Plant Profile: Mallow

Mallow: The Wild Green Everyone Should Be Eating from Herbalist Erin Smith I’m a huge proponent of the “eat your weeds” revolution and one of the first “weedy” plants to arrive in spring is mallow (Malva neglecta and other species).  There are more than 30 species of...

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Plant Profile: Cinnamon

Plant Profile: Cinnamon (Cinnamomum) from Herbalist Erin Smith This time of year cinnamon is everywhere. The good news is it has wonderful health benefits – so no guilt about this holiday ingredient! Cinnamon is the inner bark of small evergreen trees native to...

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Cranberry Goji Sauce

Cranberry Goji Sauce from Herbalist Erin Smith As many of you know, I love to use herbs in the kitchen.  Here’s a new take on a holiday favorite with the delicious addition of Goji berries (Lycium spp.). Goji berries are a wonderful adaptogen, helping to increase our...

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Three Herbs for Winter Health

Three Herbs for Winter Health from Herbalist Erin Smith No matter how much you love winter, no one likes the colds, flu, and respiratory infections that often accompany it. Herbs can be a great support and help you get through the season of sniffles. Here are three...

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