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Hocus Pocus Teas & Tinctures Herbalist who creates teas & tinctures with homegrown organic herbs




Learn how to identify and harvest violets and make a beautiful violet syrup.


In some places, it's already Nettle season! Let's go!

Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica, Urticaceae)

This celebrated herb is emerald royalty who proudly reigns over their realms – food and medicine – with vim and vigor. Nettles are packed with vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll—this vitality infuses into nutritive herbal teas, vinegars, and medicinal foods.

Nettle is a supreme blood builder, nourishing tonic, and herbal ally for fasting and cleansing. It is one of the best herbs to take daily when you feel tired or depleted. Use nettle greens anywhere you would use spinach or kale. The sting is disarmed when the leaves are dried or cooked.

Nettle grows close to humans and waterways—it thrives in open, fertile ground. You’ll find it growing in floodplains, forest edges, ditches, hedgerows, along open trail sides, and around old farms, especially in barnyards with compost and manure piles.

Edible Parts: Leaves and seeds
Medicinal Parts: Leaves, seeds, and roots (rhizomes)
Preparations: Infusion, tincture, vinegar, pesto, cooked greens, juice, broth, powder, capsules, and finishing salts
Herbal Actions:
Nutritive tonic

If you want more about Stinging Nettle and our delicious Stinging Nettle pate recipe, comment or message us, and we will deliver the goods!

**When harvesting for medicine, wait until the plants are knee-high and pick before they flower. Wear thick clothing that covers arms and ankles, and use leather gardening gloves. Use a scythe or similar tool for large-scale harvesting, and use pruners or kitchen scissors for smaller yields.

**Only wild-harvest nettles from clean locales, as they are adept at bioaccumulating heavy metals and other toxins. If plants are growing in the floodplains of polluted waterways, there is a good chance their leaves will have accumulated some of the toxins found in the water.

**There are many look-alikes, so use caution and consult a wild foods expert or herbalist before harvesting
A trusted source for help in identifying plants:

**To read more about beginner-friendly plants to forage, go to our blog:

**To take our Online Foraging Course:

***Please research any new herb and consult your health care providers for possible drug/herb contraindications and precautions before ingesting. Be sure of your identification before ingesting any plant or mushroom.


Violet has been used for centuries as a remedy for dry hacking cough.
The leaves are often recommended for bronchitis and whooping cough, along with the roots of marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) and licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra).
Violet can also be used as a tonic for chronically swollen lymph nodes, which supports the immune system and lends it a long history of use for cancer.
The exact dosage is not especially important since it can be safely consumed in large quantities. As a gentle food-herb, violet is typically safe for elders, youngsters, and people taking pharmaceuticals.
We feature this common, colorful, and healing herb in our Online Herbal Immersion—1,000 hours of personal online mentorship in sustainable DIY herbalism.
For details, visit:
💜 www.chestnutherbs.com/immersion 💜
(Viola spp.)
Illustration by Fredrick Nodder, 1788.
*Please research any new herb and consult your health care providers for possible drug/herb contraindications and precautions before ingesting. Be sure of your identification before ingesting any plant or mushroom.


Many folks request information on identifying this traditional spring edible. So here is a lovely ode to chickweed + an illustrated i.d. guide, both from Dina Falconi of Foraging & Feasting 🌿
"Sun is out and snow is melting fast! Spring will be here soon enough; I can smell it. I am ready for some early spring greens like garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and chickweed (Stellaria media). Aside from eating them as salad, they make an excellent combination for wild green pesto.
Let's give some love to chickweed, a wonderful super food who is tasty, free, abundant and nutrient dense — high in vitamin C, beta carotene, and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, and manganese. This wild and weedy friend has a mild green, rich earthy flavor that makes it appealing to many palates. It's nice to tuck chickweed into sandwiches, or add to soup during the last few minutes of cooking. Miso seaweed soup with chickweed = Yum!"
To get yourself a copy of this fantastic field guide and wild foods cookbook, written and designed by Dina Falconi of Foraging & Feasting and illustrated by Wendy Hollender, visit:
It's one of our favorites!



Calamus strengthens the voice. An herb of authenticity and true emotion, calamus aligns with the throat chakra and helps prioritize truth and importance. Lost your voice? Choose calamus to revive your internal true north.

Kava supports making agreements. Historically, a beverage made from bitter kava root was consumed in social settings when important treaties were being made or disagreements hashed out. Kava eases the nervous system into a place where clearer agreements are possible.

Yarrow helps build strong boundaries. Distinguishing between which thoughts and feelings are yours and which don’t belong to you is a key to healthy communication, and resilient, self-assured yarrow assists with this level of discernment.

Blue vervain clears the mind. When communication is full of conflict, tension, pressure, or judgment, call on blue vervain to cut through the BS 🚫 and provide clarity of thought. Blue vervain encourages regulated nerves so that productive, balanced communication is within reach.

Skullcap helps to settle the inner self. A gentle herb for empaths, skullcap encourages a compassionate nature while also reminding you that you, too, deserve empathy directed toward you. Use skullcap to soften your own voice of self-doubt while fine tuning your inner communication hub.


Self Heal Serum, made with Prunella vulgaris, protects your skin from sun damage. Self heal serum can also be used to hydrate and rejuvenate your skin.


Have you seen the awesome Arnica Workshop that my friend Kami McBride is teaching this week? 👀
She’s just dropped her SECOND ARNICA VIDEO and it’s an important one for you to see!
As you may know, I’m a huge fan of arnica-infused oil. No home medicine chest is complete without it!
BUT… there are some things that many people expect arnica to do that it does NOT do. This causes a lot of confusion in how to work with arnica effectively.
Unlike most herbal infused oils, arnica has several significant contraindications.
And if you don’t use arnica correctly, then it can cause some pesky side-effects.
In fact, there are 8 specific situations when using arnica oil could put you or your loved ones at risk of an allergic reaction, rash, irritation or other negative reactions.
In her brand-new workshop, my good friend Kami McBride will share when, where, and how to use arnica oil for the deepest healing while avoiding the potential risks.
Why is she offering this super-valuable arnica workshop for free?
Kami is getting ready to open enrollment for her popular course, Handcrafted Healing Herbal Oils and lucky for us, she goes all out on the free workshop, which is kind of like a ‘trailer’ for the actual course.
But her free ‘Art of Arnica’ training that she is doing first is a stand-alone workshop that you can put to use right away.
This workshop is only available for a couple more days, so don’t miss out.
See you in the workshop!
Comment with the keyword OILSWEBINAR to register 👇


Have you tried digestive bitters? When taken before meals, bitters are a delicious way to support the digestive process and can be used alone or in drinks. Here is one of our favorites 👇



🍊 2 parts orange (Citrus spp.) peel tincture
🍊 1 part fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) seed tincture
🍊 1 part gentian (Gentiana lutea) root tincture
🍊 1 part dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) root tincture


- Choose a measurement volume to represent each “part.”
- Measure the appropriate amount of each tincture, combining together in a clean, dry glass jar or measuring cup.
- Transfer to a dark-colored glass container and label.
- Store in a cool, dark place.

Dosage: Take 3-5 drops directly on the tongue before meals to aid in stimulating digestion.


I have 3 bottles of elderberry syrup available and 2 bottles of fire cider- let me know if you are interested


This California poppy tincture is wonderful medicine for softening pain, promoting sleep, and even relieving anxiety.

Today’s recipe is from our recent podcast guest, Benjamin Zappin , who, in addition to sharing lots of great info about California Poppy, also shared his approach to formulation.

It’s easy to make your own California Poppy Tincture! Especially from plants that you sustainably grow in your garden (or get from local farmers).

That’s because California poppy is easy to grow as an annual in many climates and is straightforward to harvest and prepare.

🏵Chop your fresh California Poppy (whole plant)
🏵Place in a glass canning jar and add alcohol. Tightly cover the jar and label it.
🏵Store in a cool, dark place for approximately 1 month, shaking daily.
🏵Strain and bottle.
🏵Store finished tincture in a cool, dark place.

This recipe yields 250 mL (approximately 8 oz.), and if properly prepared, can last for 3-5 years or more.

You can adjust the recipe for a greater or smaller yield, as long as you maintain the ratio of 1 part plant to 2 parts alcohol (e.g. 500 g: 1,000 mL).

Click the following link to subscribe to our newsletter for more recipes like this and to hear the podcast episode with Benjamin


Botanical illustrations by Tatiana Rusakova


Relaxing nervines are some of my favorite gifts from the plant world.
Depending on the herb (as well as how they are prepared), they can be a comforting hug on a tough day or a strong sedative to help you get much needed sleep.
Here’s the thing that’s really cool about relaxing nervines: no two are alike! Each plant has its own special gifts and affinities.
To add to that, each person can have a unique reaction and affinity to each herb.
Let’s take valerian, for example. I LOVE valerian. I rely on it to help me sleep when my mind feels too busy to rest, to quell spasmodic coughs, and to relax restless legs.
But not everyone reacts to valerian in the same way. Some people react the opposite and valerian will keep them up all night, instead.
And so my recommendation for getting to know relaxing nervines is to get to know them, one by one, and to lean in to the ones that resonate with you.
The deeper the relationship you form, the more you can rely on these herbs when you need them for a variety of situations.
What are your favorite relaxing nervines?
Botanical illustration by


Beautiful and delicious, this hibiscus syrup recipe can be used to instantly create many herbal drinks and treats.


Wild Calendula (Calendula arvensis) shines a light on the new year. Can we take this goodness, put it in our hearts and radiate it back out to enlighten the darkness of this world?

Calendula, Wild (Calendula arvensis),

Family: Aster (Asteracea)

Annual. 40 to 50 days to maturity, sometimes a short-lived perennial in zones 5 to 9.

(Field Marigold) Native to southern Europe. This is a very small-flowered calendula that volunteers freely once established, remains vibrant even when frosted, and is not picky about soil fertility, in fact preferring to grow in gravel or waste places. In the warmer zones, flowers will occur during every month of the calendar, and in fact more blossoms will be produced during the colder months of the year. The young leaves and shoots, lightly steamed, are edible and nutritious. Traditional usage of the fresh or dried flowers (TWM): antiinflammatory and antiseptic, used for treating minor skin infections, bites and stings. Plant prefers full sun, moderate watering and a very fast-draining, nutrient-poor soil. Sow the seed directly in the garden in the fall or early spring, or grow as a container plant. The seed is best planted 1/2 inch deep in fast-draining soil and kept cool and moist until germination. The seed is a dark-dependent germinator and contains a significant amount of germination inhibition factor, so cold stratification, especially that afforded by outdoor planting in the early fall or spring, will do much to stimulate germination. Space plants 6 inches apart. Flowers to 12 inches tall.


This simple trellis planted with sugar snap peas and nasturtiums is beautiful and edible—my kind of hideaway.
What edible flowers are you planting this year? 🌺
Some of my favorites are bee balm, violet, anise hyssop, calendula, nasturtium, and red bud.
Photo and trellis by Kirsten Rickert of Magnesium Blue. If you enjoy crafty inspirations, reflections on life and home, and beauty for the wonderful sake of beauty, check out Kirsten's feed!


Learn The Science & Art of Herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar.


Teas are some of our most potent herbal medicines. You can turn to them to relieve stress, soothe digestive upset, or relieve a sore throat.
And today, we’re here to show you how!
At 1pm Pacific, we are hosting a live tea making class.
Emily Han and I will be sharing all the crucial details for making tea, including:
– Whether to use fresh or dried herbs
– How to make teas that work but also taste good
– How much herbs to use
– How much water to use
– When you should steep vs. simmer
– How long teas last
– And lots more!
This live tea class is part of our free Rooted Medicine Circle Mini Course.
To sign up for this free herbal mini course and get the link for the LIVE tea class, click the following link: www.rootedmedicinecircle.com
If you can’t make it live, this will be available as a replay for everyone registered with the Rooted Medicine Circle Mini Course.
In the meantime, comment below with your favorite herbs for tea!
See you soon!
Botanical illustrations by Tatiana Rusakova


We get a lot of questions about how to i.d. elderberry ~ both when the bushes are in flower and in fruit.
Elderberry does have poisonous look-alikes, so we're happy to know folks are being cautious. We love the illustrations for identification in Foraging & Feasting's gorgeous cookbook and field guide.
Be sure to gather elderberries when the fruit is a rich, dark purple-black. It's easiest to snip entire berry bunches into your basket, but when you prepare them for use try to separate out as many stems as possible (they have some toxicity). Additionally, elderberries need to be cooked or tinctured to neutralize the belly-aching compounds found in the berries themselves.
Illustration from the book Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook by Dina Falconi; illustrated by Wendy Hollender. To purchase the book, visit: http://bit.ly/1Auh44Q.


Need some midweek motivation? 💡

Motivational sparks of creativity help fill our lives with play, joy, and fun! These lightbulb moments often ignite passion, enthusiasm, and excitement, but we know that it can sometimes feel difficult to carry creative ideas forward and bring them into reality.

The challenges of the last few years have left many feeling uninspired to take forward action—this is okay and absolutely valid.

To combat feelings of listlessness, there are herbs that can make a profound difference in your energy levels. Used wisely, these allies can help us go beyond the limits of our motivationand take forward action to the next level. 🌿💪📈


🌿 RHODIOLA (Rhodiola rosea) - Like a gentle kick in the pants, rhodiola helps spur enthusiasm by increasing energy levels. When it’s a little get-up-and-go zeal that you’re after, adding rhodiola to your daily routine is a fast-acting option for support.

🌿 ELEUTHERO (Eleutherococcus senticosus) - For those days when you’re feeling uninspired and mired by day to day tasks, eleuthero can give you that little (or big!) boost that you need to not just get through it…but to feel good doing it. Sustained motivation, here we come!

🌿 GINKGO (Ginkgo biloba) - If you’ve felt like your reserve of energy is not where you’d like it to be, ginkgo is an optimizer to consider. Powering ambition up and tension levels down, ginkgo offers a potent foundation to tap into reserves of inspiration.

🌿 GREEN TEA (Camellia sinensis) - Invigoration, immune-enhancement, and inspiration in a cup, green tea in all its varieties provides respite from fatigue. Adding green tea to your daily mix can help bring about your most expansive self!

🌿 COFFEE (Coffea spp.) - That’s right, coffee is often thought of as the ultimate plant-based “oomph” for low energy mornings. Full of antioxidants and health-promoting polyphenols, coffee in moderation has an uplifting and enjoyable effect on mood and energy levels.

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🌿🌼🌿 Elecampane 🌿🌼🌿

In western herbalism elecampane is most commonly used for coughs, especially those that are wet, boggy, cold, and congested. One way it works is as a stimulating expectorant that increases the flow of mucus. Herbalist Matt Wood says that in some cases it strengthens the cough reflex, which facilitates the release of stagnant and stuck mucus from the lungs.

Elecampane is specific to bronchial infections and was historically used for tuberculosis. Besides moving stuck mucus and restoring healthy mucus, elecampane root is strongly antimicrobial. An in-vitro study found that an elecampane root extract eliminated 100 percent of MRSA strains; however, no human clinical trials have been performed.

Elecampane root also exerts a mild influence over lymphatic tissues. This can be useful for swollen lymphatic glands of the throat, as well as for the lymphatic tissues in the GI tract (more about this later).

While most commonly used for congestion in the lungs, elecampane can also be used for stuck mucus in the sinuses or to correct post nasal drip. Matt Wood says it is specific to mucus discharge that then causes indigestion, such as post nasal drip.

Elecampane is great for healing some coughs, but not all coughs!

Read more about elecampane for coughs by clicking the following link: https://bit.ly/34uhOJa

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A new batch of Elderberry Syrup is being made - it will be done by tonight

A new batch of Elderberry Syrup is being made - it will be done by tonight


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