Reclaiming Our Roots Community Herbalism

Reclaiming Our Roots Community Herbalism Classes, Apothecary, Consultations We will learn & practice how to make herbal preparations as well as some ways to apply them.

In classes we will learn about: how to use herbs as medicine; how to support our bodies natural system functions, as well as improve imbalances. We will talk about how the body works and what is happening when things go wrong. We will also discuss some of the ethical approaches to wild crafting and also growing herbs for medicine.

This video was from Sturbridge Herbfest 2022! We are excited to say that Dr.Noe will be attending and teaching this wond...

This video was from Sturbridge Herbfest 2022! We are excited to say that Dr.Noe will be attending and teaching this wonderful event again this year.
Join us this year on :
Saturday September 30th 9:30am-4:30pm
Sturbridge Common
Route 131 Sturbridge, MA
(across from the Publick House)

Dr. Jody Noé is a traditional Cherokee medicine holder and is a licensed Naturopathic Physician of Integrative Health specializing in Oncology Treatment with...


🌿🌼🌿 Dandelion is our Herb of the Week! 🌿🌼🌿

Volumes could be written on the many uses of dandelion as food and medicine– indeed they have been! This common w**d is often hated and poisoned by those preferring a “w**d free” lawn, while those of us in love with dandelion and its many uses happily support it taking over our lawns.
This plant was purposefully brought to North America by Europeans not wanting to leave this valuable resource behind. Every part of the dandelion can be used as food or medicine, making backdoor herbalism simple and easy, as it should be.
When the first spring leaves pop up out of the ground they can be harvested heavily and eaten fresh with salads, made into a delicious pesto, or dried for tea. Dandelions are amazing growers and spreaders, but please be careful and leave plenty for the bees.
Dandelion leaves are highly nutritious, containing large amounts of vitamin A, calcium, potassium, and many more vitamins and minerals. The French call this plant pissenlit, which alludes to its strong diuretic properties. A tea of dandelion leaves is a great way to flush excess water from the system.
When eaten with meals, the bitter taste of the leaves helps to promote digestion by stimulating bile to relieve indigestion and other digestive disturbances.
Dandelion root is a great ally for the liver. It can be tinctured or eaten fresh in a variety of recipes. Dandelion root can help clear up acne and other skin disruptions with the root cause being a stagnant liver. Most herbalists agree that long-term use of dandelion is needed for best results.
The flower can be eaten in salads, or fried up as fritters. An oil made from dandelion flowers is warming and can be applied externally to relieve arthritis and other aches and pains.
Click the following link for my Dandelion Pesto and Marinated Dandelion Flower Buds recipes, as well as more dandelion-as-food tips:

Coming up next  weekend!

Coming up next weekend!

These intensive classes will go more in depth into the topic being discussed. They are 2 hours in length. You would be able to go to both of them. $40 each. You do not need to pay the admissions fee unless you also wish to attend the 50 minute classes.


Propaganda by the Spore is back! In this episode we cover mycorrhizal fungi and their fascinating interactions with plants, along with some details about how to support that connection and manage fruit trees for maximum health. We are sad to report that our guest for this episode Michael Phillips suffered a fatal heart attack just a few days after recording this interview. He was a warm and humble person who really advanced the art and science of orcharding in a substantial way. We are joined in the introduction by Eliza “The Apple Queen” Greenman to reflect on Michael’s life and legacy for a few minutes before getting into depths of the mycorrhizal world.

Listen or get links to various podcast platforms at

You can purchase Michael’s books from his website, which we highly recommend, especially The Holistic Orchard.

To hear Michael talk on a broader range of orcharding topics we recommend this video ( ) , there is also a huge amount of info available at his Holistic Orchard Network. (

You can support Michael’s family in staying on their farm by donating to their Go Fund Me -


Please join us here at in wishing one of our favorite people, spiritual leader Crosslin Smith, a very happy 92nd birthday! 🔥
📺If you’d like to watch his story, you can check it out here.

The beauty of transition 💚🍃🍂🍁

The beauty of transition 💚🍃🍂🍁

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The above-ground part of the mushroom is called the fruiting body, while the root system of the mushroom is called the mycelium. Composed of a dense mass of fine, thread-like filaments of tissue called hyphae, the mycelium is an essential part of the life support system for the fungus and the over all ecosystem as they form symbiotic relationships with plant roots, improving their ability to utilize the soils resources and communicate about potential threats.

Mycorrhizal relationships are between a root and a fungus and together these form a symbiotic relationship. This is a relationship that is beneficial to both parties. Since the fungus lives in the in the ground, in the dark, it cannot photosynthesize, so it has to get its food from other sources.

So the mycorrhizal fungi go looking for a partner, or thousands of partners. They go up to a root tip and give it a chemical signal to let it know it is there and available, and “would you like my help?” The root then may respond, with a chemical signal, “yes, I would.” And it will soften its tissue and allow the fungal hyphae in amongst its root cells. The hyphae are like long, very thin filaments. After taking up residence in the plant root the filaments grow outward in search of the minerals and water the plant needs. In exchange, the symbiosis part, the plant gives the fungus a variety of sugars to build its body structure.

The fungi can reach out and do a much more efficient and thorough job of extracting water from the soil, helping to increase drought tolerance in plants. And they can hunt. They can invade the bodies of soil dwelling insects, suck them dry and send all the nutrients back to the host plant in forms that are usable to the plant.

The fungal hyphae seem to be paving the way towards better soil texture, as well as feeding their host plant. They exude a compound called gomalin, which is a sticky substance that surrounds soil particles which improves soil texture and aeration.

In a pinch of soil there can be several miles of fungal hyphae. In the forest there is so much connectivity between mycorrhizal fungi and their trees that it may well be that they are all connected and there seems to be good evidence that there is a level of communication between trees and across species

Studies have shown that mycorrhizal root systems increase the absorptive area of roots 10 to 1000 times, thereby greatly improving the ability of the plants to utilize the soil resources.

We talk to our plants, but now we know that Plants Talk to Each Other Through Mycorrhizae, warning each other when they have been attacked by insects like aphids!

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Upon the coming of Samhain, the Witches New Year, it is tradition to craft a magickal witches brew, essentially a hot mulled wine made with red wine or apple cider, visionary herbs, spices of Samhain ...


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