• Definitely Dill When Your Tummy is Ill

    The last herbal kitchen series post I did my partner suggested lavender – there is tons and tons of information about lavender. The next one he suggested was dill. Which I was excited about because I was taught it is wonderful for infant and nursing mother health.  Surprisingly, for an herb with such a long history of medicinal use there wasn’t a ton of information out there, even though through my education it was touted. But herbs can certainly fall in and out of fashion.   Usually when people think of dill they think of pickles, potato dishes, ranch dressing, and perhaps some ham dishes. Dill was not an herb that…

  • Lovely Lavender

    Everyone loves lavender. My partner included (he loves it in the herbs de Provence). So every time I ask him which kitchen herb I should write about next he says lavender. And I would sigh and go, “nope”. Lavender is a huge topic. I could easily have lavender be one of my herbal classes. There are books upon books just about lavender. And quite frankly, it’s easier to talk about what lavender doesn’t do than what it does do.  That being said, I would argue that all herbs do way more than we can imagine. However, people loooovvee lavender. And that love and popularity has made it so that as…

  • Add some pep to your step with Black Pepper

    Everyone has heard of black pepper, it graces pretty much every eating establishment in America. Including the tables of people who claim they don’t use herbs in their cooking. Black pepper is one of the oldest recorded herbs used, so perhaps its long history in human history has allowed it to wiggle its way into the hearts of even the most stubborn-I-do-not-like-herbs-in-my-food humans. While those humans just think of it as something to shake on to their food to add flavor there are tons of other things our ancestors used black pepper for throughout history.  But first, let’s talk about herbal stimulants. Black Pepper is considered a stimulant in the…

  • For The Love Of Cinnamon

    Who doesn’t love cinnamon? The smell of cinnamon for many brings about a sense of coziness and sweetness – since cinnamon is often used in fall desserts. And, in Western culture, it’s all over malls and airports in the form of cinnamon buns. The other day I was chatting with someone who said she can’t go to a mall without getting a cinnamon bun, she considers it sacrilegious.  I’m not a fan of going to malls, but I do love to put a generous amount of it in yogurt, pudding, cottage cheese, and smoothies. Those are all energetically (and physically) cold items which can be hard on the digestive system…

  • The Secret Life of Cardamom

    I loooovee cardamom – I am currently drinking it as I write this (along with some other herbs) but I also love it in my oatmeal, chai, hot chocolate, cookies, and most recently I have been putting it on top of my homemade pudding!  Cardamom is so wonderful. The footnote version of this herb is: if you have digestive issues, have a lot of mucus you need to expel, or want to spice up your love life, cardamom might be your new favorite spice and tea herb!   But here is a little bit more info you might not know about cardamom.  Fun Facts: Cardamom has been used extensively throughout history…

  • What’s in your kitchen cabinet? Cayenne!

    Every few weeks there seem to be themes that pop up in my practice and with my loved ones. So I felt cayenne would be a prudent next herb to do in my kitchen series because perhaps you might be in a similar theme and need this too!  Cayenne is one of the most loved herbs to have during an emergency/crisis (particularly of a heart emergency). Herbalist and acupuncturist Michael Tierra uses up to 1 tsp of cayenne every 15 minutes (while waiting for an emergency vehicle) to help lessen the effects and encourage a speedy recovery of heart attacks and strokes and other emergencies. Nutritionist Gary Null has mentioned…

  • What’s in your kitchen cabinet? Cumin!

    Last week I shared via a newsletter and Instagram that I am taking Steph Dodd’s Creative Abundance course. I was reflecting on some of the questions Steph asked before the course and had an inspiration hit: I want to do a Kitchen Cabinet Herb series!  And here we are.  Most likely you use culinary herbs to make your recipes delicious. Our ancestors, of course, also used them to create deliciousness. But they also used them medicinally by changing the quantity of the herb they were using. I chose cumin for this week. Probably because I was in Beers Books a couple of weekends ago (a Sacramento staple for those not…