Air travel in early pregnancy

airplane wing

Many of my newly pregnant clients have concerns about flying during very early pregnancy.  The first trimester can feel very vulnerable and uncertain, particularly if you have a history of miscarriage or if it you have been trying to conceive for a long while. When I received an email recently asking about the risks, I […]

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Thoughts on GRAS Herbs

Herb folks are probably familiar with the acronym GRAS, which stands for “generally recognized as safe.” I often hear students, practitioners and even big-time teachers & leaders in the field casually calling certain herbs GRAS, implying that this should set our minds at ease when it comes to safety issues. Let’s take a closer look […]

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Treats & Kids

Parents often ask me how to handle treats & junk foods. Should they be banned? Offered in moderation? Given freely? As usual, there is no easy answer. One thing I can tell you is that completely eliminating treats & junk foods from your child’s eating experience is simply delaying the inevitable. They WILL be exposed […]

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Herbs for a Hurting Heart

Over the past few weeks, a community of which I am a part has been badly shaken.  A respected leader and mentor has been accused of serious misconduct, and as a consequence a whole community is questioning its roots. The heart can be broken not only by romantic relationships but when any intimate relationship – […]

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Top 20 Pinterest Recipes of 2012

As a nutritionist, I’m a huge fan of Pinterest. I use it to compile recipes for my clients, but I also use it to expand my dietary horizons. I probably make 1-2 new recipes from Pinterest per week – some of them are atrocious, some are incredible and most are somewhere in the middle.  I’ve […]

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Fact or Fiction? Removing alcohol from tinctures

boiling water remove alcohol?

Herbal lore maintains that you can remove virtually all alcohol from a tincture by dropping the preparation slowly into a cup of boiling water, with the idea that the alcohol will evaporate off and leave the active herbal extract behind. You’ll find this information being taught in classes across the country, and in numerous herbal […]

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Herbalist + Marketing = ??

After teaching aspiring herbalists for many years, I can confidently say that few budding herbalists are drawn to the marketing/business side of building a practice. Most students are excited about learning herbal medicine and working with clients; many enjoy the creative aspects of making a business card and envisioning how their private practices will run. […]

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