The Artful Herbalist

The Artful Herbalist Consultations and workshops with a creative flair. Karla Parker, a.k.a. "The Artful Herbalist" is passionate about the art and science of herbal medicine and natural living.

This is a page to share information regarding:
• Herbal medicine
• Natural and sustainable living
• Eating locally and organically
• Traditional diets
• Natural health

I am in rose petal heaven 🥀 🌹
05/27/2018

I am in rose petal heaven 🥀 🌹

Just unmolded and cut this luscious batch of chocolate swirl soap with cocoa butter that I whipped up on our last snow d...
02/14/2018

Just unmolded and cut this luscious batch of chocolate swirl soap with cocoa butter that I whipped up on our last snow day. Because...well...who wouldn't want to bathe in chocolate! :)

The skies have cleared after a super rainy morning, so now soaking in the sun on this rare mild January afternoon and ge...
01/23/2018

The skies have cleared after a super rainy morning, so now soaking in the sun on this rare mild January afternoon and getting some internal sunshine with this pineapple-orange-banana smoothie with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and lemon balm.

My latest herbal obsession is Schisandra berry (Schisandra chinensis) a.k.a. "Five Flavor Fruit". The taste of the berri...
09/16/2017

My latest herbal obsession is Schisandra berry (Schisandra chinensis) a.k.a. "Five Flavor Fruit". The taste of the berries is primarily sour, but also pungent, sweet, salty and bitter. in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Schisandra is considered a superior medicine with the ability to prolong life. In Ayurveda, herbs that contain multiple tastes are revered as rasayana, or life-preserving tonics. In Chinese medicine, this herb is used to quiet the spirit and calm the heart as well as for treating certain types of chronic cough and wheezing, and night sweats. As an adaptogen, it can be used to build endurance, strengthen reflexes, and increase work efficiency. I made a "Happy Heart" tonic syrup with Schisandra berries, Hawthorn berries/leaf/flower, and Rose (because everything is better with rose!)

This year's wine all bottled up. The Tulsi-Rose is light and dry with the delicate scent of roses. The Dandelion is swee...
07/21/2017

This year's wine all bottled up. The Tulsi-Rose is light and dry with the delicate scent of roses. The Dandelion is sweet and reminiscent of the breezy, cool, sunny spring day the flowers were harvested.

Keep your cool this summer Tip #2: Hydrate!Create your own flavored waters using fruit and herbs. Here are a few ideas:•...
06/24/2017

Keep your cool this summer Tip #2: Hydrate!
Create your own flavored waters using fruit and herbs.
Here are a few ideas:
• Lemon + Lemon Balm or Verbena
• Cucumber + Mint
• Watermelon + Basil
Easy, economical, and refreshing!!

Keep your cool this summer tip #1:Create a cool mist spray by combining rose water and witch hazel in a mister bottle. M...
06/18/2017

Keep your cool this summer tip #1:
Create a cool mist spray by combining rose water and witch hazel in a mister bottle. Mist yourself for instant refreshment when you are feeling the heat. Store in the fridge for added cool. Keep around for hot flashes too.

So I was looking out at my abundant roses this morning and at the same time thinking of what I was going to do with the ...
05/20/2017

So I was looking out at my abundant roses this morning and at the same time thinking of what I was going to do with the leftover wine yeast from the dandelion wine. So here you have it...rose petal wine! With a touch of vanilla, citrus, and tulsi. This one's gonna be gooood!

This morning's rose petal harvest. These beauties are going to be infused in sweet almond oil to make an intoxicating ma...
05/19/2017

This morning's rose petal harvest. These beauties are going to be infused in sweet almond oil to make an intoxicating massage oil. Roses are food for the heart

David Winston, RH
05/03/2017

David Winston, RH

Ritual and ceremony are practices that developed early in human history. Creating ritual to help deal with the challenges of life seems to be a necessity in every culture. Many indigenous cultures still perceive reality through a worldview that refuses to separate medicine, spirituality, ritual, language, history, myths, or culture. Even in Western dominant cultures, religion and ritual are still an every day part of many people’s lives.

Plants have always played a vital role in ritual and ceremony. In many Native American cultures, herbs such as Sweet Grass (Hierochloe odorata), Cedar (Juniperus spp. or Thuja spp.), and Medicine Sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) are commonly burned to purify people and places. In Native American traditions herbs are also used as ritual paints, baths, amulets, and teas for emotional and spiritual cleansing, to bring good luck, success or wealth, to attract the opposite s*x, to enhance hunting, and to create harmony and prevent discord. In Christian traditions, especially in Eastern Orthodox, Coptic and Catholic churches, the gum resins of Frankincense and Benzoin are still burned to perfume churches and make the congregation holy. In many Asian cultures, herb-based incense (sandalwood, aloeswood, benzoin, pine resin, etc.) is
burned as an offering to the ancestors, to bring good luck and to keep evil spirits appeased.

The almost universal use of plants to affect the psyche and spirit of individuals and communities strongly suggests not a common superstition, but an underlying truth. That truth being that plants have the ability to not only affect us physically as medicines, but they can alter consciousness, enhance our connection to spirit, relieve fear, grief, envy, anger, and clear negativity as well.

Look for more postings this month about the ritual use of herbs.

Dandelion season is in full swing! Dandelion jelly (aka Sunshine jelly) made. I love how it looks when the sunlight hits...
04/28/2017

Dandelion season is in full swing! Dandelion jelly (aka Sunshine jelly) made. I love how it looks when the sunlight hits it. Tastes like honey. Next up...wine!

Great class tonight...Herbs for Spiritual Growth at Beleno Center for Spiritual Healing. Thanks to all who came!
04/21/2017

Great class tonight...Herbs for Spiritual Growth at Beleno Center for Spiritual Healing. Thanks to all who came!

Don't miss the Herbs for Spiritual Growth workshop this Thursday, April 20, 6–8 p.m. at Beleno Spiritual Healing Center ...
04/16/2017

Don't miss the Herbs for Spiritual Growth workshop this Thursday, April 20, 6–8 p.m. at Beleno Spiritual Healing Center in Bethlehem! You will have the opportunity to make your own herbal amulet or herb pouch, your choice! If you decide to make a pouch, you are encouraged to bring small items that have meaning to you...crystals, shells, rocks, dried flowers, a note, etc. to place inside your pouch. If you don't have anything, don't worry, herbs will be supplied. You will also learn how flower essences, herbal bathing, gardening, smudging, and herbal teas can help you grow spiritually. Register now, space is limited: www.belenocenter.com or call Beleno Center at (610) 419-4979.

Got dandelions? Put them to good use! You can also register for next month's workshop, "Getting Down with Dandelion" featuring a dandelion wine making demo!

David Winston, RH
04/01/2017

David Winston, RH

Spring has arrived, and now is the perfect time to get your fill of nature’s food/medicine herbs. Blue Violet is one of those herbs. Violet is a common woodland spring edible that can be used as an alterative (stimulates bowel, lymph, and liver function). The flowers can be made into a syrup for dry coughs. Violet is an excellent lymphatic herb used for chronic lymphatic swellings and impaired lymph drainage especially associated with constipation. It can be used for mastitis, lymphedema and cystic breast disease. Violet has a long history of use in alterative formulas for treating cancer and arthritis. It is used orally and topically for inflammatory skin conditions.

The leaves may be added to salads and omelets. The pretty flowers can be candied, added to baked goods, sprinkled on salads or ice cream, or made into a syrup for desserts.

Try this violet lemonade recipe: Steep 1 T. dried violet leaves in 16 oz. hot water for 30 minutes. Strain and add 1 cup of lemon juice, sweetener to taste, and a handful of blackberries. Chill and enjoy! Beautify Spring beverages by freezing violet flowers in water in ice cube trays.

Look for more recipes and posts this month about food/medicine herbs of spring!

Do you know this herb?
03/21/2017

Do you know this herb?

It’s Herbal Trivia Tuesday! Test your herbal knowledge...
A member of the mustard family, this pungent root is a rich source of sulfur compounds. It is effective for sinus congestion and
allergic rhinitis. It makes a tasty condiment, too. Post your guess and look for the answer and more information about this herb later this week! #herbs #allergies

The Understanding Allergies workshop has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 30, 6–8 p.m. at Beleno Spiritual Healing C...
03/15/2017

The Understanding Allergies workshop has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 30, 6–8 p.m. at Beleno Spiritual Healing Center in Bethlehem. So if you were worried about the condition of the roads with drifting snow and all, here's another opportunity to learn about solutions to seasonal allergy misery.

If your sinuses remind you of a drippy faucet that will not shut off, and you are constantly rubbing your itchy eyes, you may want to get to know the herb, Eyebright and other herbs and considerations that will help get you through hay fever season.

Covered in this workshop:
• Herbal medicine
• Ayurveda
• Nutrition
• Allergy prevention
• Lifestyle factors
• Understanding the allergy process
• Why certain populations are less prone to allergies
• Blend a personalized herbal tea

Presented by herbalist, Karla Parker – The Artful Herbalist.
To register, scroll to the event in the calendar section: www.belenocenter.com or call (610) 419-4979.

#allergies #hayfever #herbs

Do seasonal allergies have you itching for natural solutions? There's one more week to register for the "Understanding A...
03/08/2017

Do seasonal allergies have you itching for natural solutions? There's one more week to register for the "Understanding Allergies" workshop on Thursday, March 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Beleno Spiritual Healing Center in Bethlehem.

Learn the whys and hows of preventing seasonal allergies naturally, and explore herbs and other considerations. To register, scroll to the event in the calendar section: www.belenocenter.com
Register now, space is limited!

Do seasonal allergies have you itching for natural solutions? In this workshop, learn about herbal and nutritional consi...
02/26/2017

Do seasonal allergies have you itching for natural solutions? In this workshop, learn about herbal and nutritional considerations and gain a better understanding of seasonal allergies. Included in this workshop is the opportunity to blend your own tasty herbal tea.
Understanding Allergies: Thursday, March 16, 2017, 6-8 p.m. at Beleno Spiritual Healing Center, 1019 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA. Presented by Karla Parker - The Artful Herbalist. Reserve your spot now, space is limited! To register, scroll to the event in the calendar section: www.belenocenter.com

Have you ever walked into a sacred space and you can just feel the change in energy? In "Naturally Clean Home" workshop,...
02/09/2017

Have you ever walked into a sacred space and you can just feel the change in energy? In "Naturally Clean Home" workshop, not only will you learn how to keep your home clean using non-toxic substances. You will also learn how to raise the energetic vibration in your home; or, energetically clean your home. AND you will take home fizzy toilet bombs that you will make!

Thursday, Feb. 16, 6-8 p.m. at Beleno Spiritual Healing Center, 1019 W. Broad St. Bethlehem.

Register now at http://www.belenocenter.com

Been hooked on this super-easy microwave "Paleo" mug bread.Combine 1/3 cup of almond flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder,a...
02/03/2017

Been hooked on this super-easy microwave "Paleo" mug bread.
Combine 1/3 cup of almond flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder,
and a pinch of salt. Mix in 1 beaten egg. Mix, scoop into a mug and microwave for 90 seconds. I use different flours or combinations of flours...coconut, oat, ground flax or h**p seeds. It's good toasted with a slab of butter on top.

Late December garden harvest...the last of the season. The kale and collards are still luscious and the rose hips are sw...
12/28/2016

Late December garden harvest...the last of the season. The kale and collards are still luscious and the rose hips are sweet. Fresh garden produce, you will be missed over the winter. Can we fast forward to spring, please?

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29522647?SThisFBThis is fascinating, but not surprising...plant medicine for...
12/15/2016
Garlic injection could tackle tree diseases - BBC News

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29522647?SThisFB
This is fascinating, but not surprising...plant medicine for trees! Garlic makes a good natural insect repellent for plants too. I plant a circle of garlic cloves around my rose bush to deter insects and it helps keep the plant healthy. And of course, garlic is very useful for humans too. Garlic has an affinity for the lungs making it especially useful in lung infections. You can experience this affinity when you eat something garlicky then smell it on your breath for hours. Garlic may be one of our most potent food medicines.

Injecting trees with a concentrated form of garlic might help save trees in the UK from deadly diseases.

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12/14/2016

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12/14/2016

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Check out my latest article, "Addressing Autism with Food and Herbs" in Healing Magazine!
12/04/2013
Addressing autism with food and herbs

Check out my latest article, "Addressing Autism with Food and Herbs" in Healing Magazine!

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09/29/2013

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03/04/2012

Dear lawn service companies who are now bombarding me with offers to dump their chemicals on my lawn,
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New blog about herbs and real food.
03/04/2012
Herblog

New blog about herbs and real food.

Sleeping nettle babies peeking out from beneath their blanket of melting snow. These will be ready to eat in a few month...
01/25/2012

Sleeping nettle babies peeking out from beneath their blanket of melting snow. These will be ready to eat in a few months. Nettles are one of our most nutrient-dense Spring foods.

Yay! Just bottled my first batch of dandelion wine! I must say that I'm impressed with how it turned out for my first at...
01/06/2012

Yay! Just bottled my first batch of dandelion wine! I must say that I'm impressed with how it turned out for my first attempt. The taste of the apricots really comes through. When I sip it, I think of harvesting the flowers on that beautiful Spring day :o)

The deep red color of this freshly made (not yet hardened) St. John's Wort Salve is one of my favorite colors. It always...
01/04/2012

The deep red color of this freshly made (not yet hardened) St. John's Wort Salve is one of my favorite colors. It always amazes me how the bright yellow St. John's Wort flower yields a deep red oil...one of the many wonders of nature. The flowers were infused in apricot oil and has a slight hint of apricot scent. The salve can be used for minor skin irritations. This jar will soon be shipping out to Maine.

One of my New Year's resolutions is to have some fermented foods or beverage each day. Fermented foods aid digestion by ...
01/02/2012

One of my New Year's resolutions is to have some fermented foods or beverage each day. Fermented foods aid digestion by providing beneficial bacteria. Fermenting has always been an intimidating prospect to me. I've tinkered with it in the past, but hope to become a full-fledged fermenter soon. I just put this ginger ale up to ferment yesterday. The fermentation process gives it a natural carbonation. Next fermented recipe to try...beet kvass!

One of my latest herbal concoctions...orange-chai cordial. It's made with some of my favorite spices...cardamom, ginger,...
01/02/2012

One of my latest herbal concoctions...orange-chai cordial. It's made with some of my favorite spices...cardamom, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and long pepper-all infused into brandy. Added some orange peel and fresh squeezed orange juice. It's spicy, warming and swwwweet! Perfect for the upcoming cold weather.

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According to the American Herbalists Guild, "75% of the world's population still rely primarily upon traditional healing practices, most of which is herbal medicine." Qualifications: • BS, Natural Health, 2008 • Diplomas in Clinical Herbalism, Herbal Therapeutics and Herbalist Graduate programs. • Clinical Mentorship • Certificate in Insulin Resistance Pathophysiology and Natural Therapeutics • Regularly attend herbal conferences and seminars

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