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A Brief Look at Dandelion

A Brief Look at Dandelion

by Peter W. Simon             Look at any hardware store lawn care section, and you’ll see many products proclaiming their effectiveness against Dandelions; and I can recall my father bemoaning their presence on his lawn back in my childhood.  But, despite our cultural perceptions of Dandelion as a weed invading our manicured lawns, its history is quite different indeed.  The sunny little flower most of us are familiar with was most likely brought over from Europe by settlers –  not as a stowaway, but as a food crop. As a...

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Lichen Sclerosus: Know what’s below

Lichen Sclerosus: Know what’s below

by Liz Giles, Clinical Herbalist Are you or someone you know suffering from a painful, dry and severely itchy genital condition? Does it make sexual contact painful if not impossible? Are you noticing changes in the landscape “down there”? If so you may be one of the growing number of people being diagnosed with lichen sclerosus. Once considered a rare medical condition, lichen sclerosus is on the rise, affecting people of all genders, ages, races and economic status. First written about in 1887 by Dr. Hallopeau and termed “lichen plan...

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Embracing the Seasons… Begin in Winter  

Embracing the Seasons… Begin in Winter  

By Olivia Brasseaux As we begin to welcome the season of Winter – that time of quiet, stillness, peace, and unknowing – Winter is also rising within us. We start to go inward, becoming more reflective, contemplative, and serene. We listen deeply to the body, to our community, to the land, because everything is now still and quiet. This season gives us the gift of its full, attentive listening. Imagine standing in a blanketed field of snow at night. Take yourself back to that moment of childlike wonder, when you were first held by that...

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Conifers

Conifers

Kat Mackinnon, Botany Director, CSCH Tree medicine has all the herbal actions you could ask for in an apothecary, along with often being in delightful abundance. Sustainable, practical, and beautiful, these keystone species are well worth getting to know. There are hundreds of medicinal trees and shrubs in the Southwest. To keep this giant medicine chest from becoming overwhelming, we’re going to divide it into two main groups: flowering and coniferous (or if you’d like to be a bit more technical, Angiosperms and Gymnosperms). Looking at...

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Seeing a Clinician at the Evergreen Center – the Process

Seeing a Clinician at the Evergreen Center – the Process

by Sheila Luna, Clinic Manager, CSCH The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism offers a supervised student clinic, open to the public. This year, eleven of our amazing clinical students are seeing clients. Often, a person will walk into the clinic and say something like, “I’ve lived in Boulder for the last 15 years and I didn’t know you were here!” So, I decided to write a bit about how our clinic works. The Evergreen Center at CSCH offers a safe, non-judgmental space. For your first visit, up to 2.5 hours is set aside to discuss your...

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Ocotillo

Ocotillo

Apothecary’s Corner, February 2018 by Sara Truitt   Many of our students come to the school apothecary to order bulk herbs or tinctures.  They can also order dosage bottles for flower essences.  What is a flower essence?  A flower essence is a botanical remedy that works with the emotional body.  Here at CSCH our students study and work with flower essences to deepen their personal transformation and their client’s healing as well. In this issue we are highlighting a reflection about...

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Winter Tonic Mushroom Soup

Winter Tonic Mushroom Soup

Lisa Ganora, Director, CSCH. Can be made either vegan or paleo. This soup is both a rich, tasty food and a medicinal extraction of tonic mushrooms (Shiitake and Reishi) combined with Burdock and Astragalus roots: a great winter tonic to build immunity (with immunomodulating polysaccharides – IP –  from the Astragalus, and both IP and triterpenes from the mushrooms) and feed the friendly microbes (with inulins from the Burdock) that help ensure optimal utilization of nutrients and overall health. Garlic and Onions add more inulins and...

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Tension

Tension

By Johnnie, Hedier-Kuhn, CH Tension is a force active in many aspects of our lives, yet when it becomes chronic in our emotional field and throughout the body it can usurp our ability to thrive.   Tension is an underlying pattern with various ailments (hypertension, pain, stress, insomnia, anxiety, and other mood imbalances). Many of us have experienced a tension headache during times of stress, or perhaps strained interpersonal relationships within family or workplace environments. Tension often exists between classes, racial groups, or...

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Connecting with Nature

Connecting with Nature

“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can”.” ― John Muir Do you feel disconnected from nature and natural rhythms?  In our current society, this is completely understandable and widespread.  Life seems so busy and stressful, that we may be too exhausted to make time for the medicine we crave. Although...

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Self-Care for the Holiday Season

Self-Care for the Holiday Season

Sheila Luna, CCH, CH, CSCH Clinic Manager If I asked my clients for holiday-related words I would end up with a spectrum … family, food, volunteerism, parties, travel, friends, decor, travel, shopping, excitement, joy loneliness, hunger, depression, social isolation, financial issues, anxiety, stress, sadness If you are one of those (many) people who experience stress and anxiety around the holiday season, we have some tips for you. Prepare in advance Start a self-care notebook and answer the following questions: What does my body...

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