Walking through the crowded streets of Hong Kong, you can’t help but notice the herbal medicine shops when you pass by.  Why?  Because they smell.  A really strong, herbal smell wafting into the streets mixed with intense heat, cooking pork, a slightly damp lush green smell from the humidity and of course millions of very

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Let me tell you a story about a sunny afternoon walk… that turned into a major research project. Oh what a sunny, gorgeous day in early March.  Dragging myself away from the computer, I headed outside, only to stumble across what can only be described as a carpet of violets in the grass.  Immediately inspired, I thought

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Sometimes product ideas can sit with you for months – years even – before you get around to making them.  You need a little push.  At least, I do. Recently I spent a day in Paris with Kimberly Wilson doing a natural perfumery workshop.  Giving a workshop while travelling is always a challenge – what ingredients

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I’ve been studying herbal medicine for almost 5 years now. About 2 years into my studying, I thought “wow, I know a lot!” … and now I’ve hit a point 5 years in, where I feel like I don’t know anything at all. Funny how that happens, isn’t it? In the beginning of learning anything,

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We’re in the depths of winter.  And it’s cold. (Not nearly as cold here in London as it is in the States this year!  But still.  I feel the cold!) Who doesn’t like a cup of tea to warm them up on a cold morning?  And with a little insight into traditional herbal remedies, you

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I love the internet.  Especially Pinterest (you too?  Follow me here.) The internet is amazing for ideas, inspiration and learning.  And in the early days, when I didn’t know anyone else in this natural beauty world, it helped me feel connected to a community. But there are two main problems with learning from the internet:

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Skeptical?  You should be. If you’ve been around here awhile, you know that I often ask readers where they need help with natural health & beauty. Not long ago, a reader sent me a comment like this: I’m just so tired all the time.  It’s hard for me to get up in the morning, and

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Forget the idea of holding your nose while taking some unpleasant medicine. One of the many reasons I love natural health and herbal remedies, is that you can usually get beneficial foods and plants into your body AND have them taste good! (Not all of the time of course.  Hello, valerian!) You can make herbal

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I promise I’ll stop complaining about the cold soon enough.  It is mid-Feb, which means Spring is right around the corner, right? (Please say yes!) But here’s one, last, deeply warming recipe for this winter, made out of desperation and very cold feet. (Hot water bottles work amazingly well to warm my feet in bed

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It has been so cold in London this winter.   So on my recent trip to the grocery store when I found pots of kitchen herbs on sale, I got this sudden urge for fresh, green, infusions!  I live in the city, in an apartment, without any outdoor space, so these little pots of herbs

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