Death of the Hemlocks is bittersweet

Millions and millions of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid are decimating vast acres of Eastern and Carolina hemlock trees from northern Georgia to southern Maine, including the North Carolina mountains. Here in the western part of the state where I live, they are actually having to close down the camp grounds due to falling Hemlock trees that have fallen and injured people on the ground. The woolly adelgid has quite a large appetite and the hemlocks are going down fast. The problem stems from the microscopic adelgids being an invasive species of parasite that do not have any predators here in the US.PF Hemlock with disease 2

reishi tsugae hemlock varnish shelfHowever, one certain medicinal mushroom, Reishi is taking advantage of the Hemlocks demise and this fungus is calling the dying hemlocks home and in the process producing a lot of Reishi to make medicine from. Since Reishi is very good for treating radiation exposure, for cancer, for the heart so cardiovascular disease, and for longevity perhaps this bittersweet loss of so many eastern Hemlocks means more of what our community needs to combat the modern day diseases of toxicity…….Perhaps.

Making Medicines By the Phases of the Moon

Here at ASHH Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism in the Traditional Herbalist Certification Program, we are learning how to do lunar gardening. This is using the phases of the moon to help increase fertility of the seeds, the outcome for a better harvest. Although may seem very strange and foreign to us now, it was a system of increasing the harvest that our ancestors understood very well. Depending on the moon or moons as it is you can plant for maximizing growth of your garden of vegetables or herbs.

During the Herbs for Pets Course Joel Boyle of Wind Fox Herbs in Black Mountain, NC is teaching all of us how to make medicine for our companion animals according to the phases of the moon. You make medicine on the new moon, press out your medicine after the next full moon. So, we will be pressing this out on the 30th of July. We made Milk Thistle, Pau d’arco and Skullcap medicines. Here is a picture of the medicine before the press.Herbs for Pets Making Medicines

Milk thistle will be taken from extraction in alcohol to the glycerite and the Pau d’arco and Skullcap are already in glycerin for pressing. Learning how to make medicine from scratch, collecting from the apothecary under our feet is an important ability to have should live ever become “difficult”. We recommend Mountain Rose Herbs to purchase raw herbs if you ever get the desire to “make your own medicine”.

Skullcap glycerites are being used to control seizures, epilepsy in some pets and this is much safer than the drugs currently recommended in conventional medicine. What you don’t get going natural  is the terrible side effects…..or should I say “effects” of liver damage from the barbiturates use in conventional medicine. Nor the critical nutrient depletion that is responsible for those effects.

Milk Thistle is an excellent adjunct to life in conventional medicine since all the drugs lead eventually to liver or kidney damage. Milk Thistle would also help all of the vaccine damaged animals then needing poisons and toxins to deal with the flea and tick and other parasite products. Vaccines dys regulated the immune system and promote chronic inflammation and chronic disease via Th 2 or humoral immunity imbalance. Of course there are many more ways to ruin the patients immune system, we are glad these three intelligent herbs aren’t into that.


After we press and bottle, we will show some pics.


Look what the drugs are doing now…….

original paper published in NATURE is showing us what anti depressive drugs are doing not only to us but to our environment, to the planet. All members of PLANET EARTH please step up to save our world! Our river water is being polluted with the patent drugs especially the anti depressive drugs so many humans have been prescribed.perch

Of no surprise the fish are being affected and look how…..increased weight gain, increased aggression and they are now being bold and taking risks by their changes in  behavior. This is going to change our ecosystem, our world and I don’t think this is co incidence that these behavioral changes also occur in some of the victims of these patent drugs that stand on two legs on the ground. All members of PLANET EARTH please step forward and take a stand against this destructive the solution to water pollution

Making beautiful medicine with flowers aromatherapy and flower essences

My favorite intelligent plant medicines are form our more delicate parts of plants, the flowers. We made several formulations with aromatherapy learning about the different benefits of the carrier oils and how these oils are more medicine in their own right. Like using avacado oil or evening primrose oil or jojoba oil or apricot kernel oil, these oils all have yet another way to introduce healing for the body outside of the precious essential oils they are carrying. We had the class in the Herbs for Pets design a formula after they were given plenty of information or the many options they have available at their fingertips. There were formulas for stopping seizures before they took place, formulas for arresting constipation, for calming a pet down for travel, for treating motion sickness, treating skin tags or lumps on the skin and even for treating wounds and preventing bug bites. Not bad for the short time we had to design the formula. We learned about extending the shelf life of these products with other oils and about blending more than one essential oil to get some really PLEASANT smelling medicine. [Read more…]


I was contacted by a fellow herbalist in a panic over the patent drugs that had been dispensed by a veterinarian for a friend’s dog that had been released after being seen for a dog attack. They were very concerned when they read about the anti inflammatory medications, the pain medications and the antibiotics  “effects” to the bodies into which they are put. I had already encountered severe damage from all of these drugs even one at a time on different companion animals. Yes, the one they prescribed for anti-inflammatory has killed animals who received it. Yes, the antibiotics do have serious consequences not only in selecting for super germs but also for causing gastrointestinal problems, killing of the important good bacteria and oh yeah….now we see some lethal interactions with mercury if they are also already metal poisoned from lots of vaccines. The pain medications usually have the longest list of  so called “side effects” but I refuse to call the “side effects” as they are not “a la carte” and everyone who ends up with patent drugs gets some of the  long list of possible  effects.

So, the herbalist knew full well there were much safer alternatives from intelligent plant medicines that could provide all of the symptom relief that the patent drugs were being prescribed for. Intelligent medicines with benefit for the body without the risk, the cost and the possible death sentence. For instance, curcumin is much safer for anti inflammatory and pain and won’t harm the liver! Plants can even provide a much safer “anti biotic” coverage and without ruining the pets gastrointestinal tract, healthy microbiota or helping develop super germs. Plus this can all be had with a cost that is not even the cost of one of the over priced patent drugs.

Here are two pictures of medicine cabinets……Which one do you want to reach for?Narconon sponsors Operation Medicine Cabinetnatures-medicine-cabinet-410x290_0

Let us the count the ways to provide intelligent botanical medicine……

The Herbs for Pets Class took off with a swift review of over 100 ways to provide intelligent healing using botanicals. Each species of animals can have special requirements on how they receive the herbs, for instance we like to take the birds pellets and dust them in the herbal powders.  Horses and other herbivores can have more of the fresh or dried herbs while dogs and cats we make tinctures then glycerites . However, there are just so many ways available to use the intelligence of plants as medicine, in foods, in creams or lotions, or sprays, poultices, liniments, compresses, packs that even our class couldn’t complete a list without finding more options within minutes of thinking they thought of everything. The versatility of how to use intelligent healing gives us so many options we do not have with patent drugs. The possibilities of employing herbal medicine seem………well, endless.plants medicine from the earth plant medicine dripping into bottle

Now we are getting to work learning to make medicines, ourselves and even from local sourcing of the herbs. Sometimes we can’t get local so we go to Mountain Rose Herbs a company we can trust to provide organic wild harvested herbs. Here in the Blue Ridge area of NC however, so many of the world’s plants can be grown that we are local sourcing first. Never know when your options will be limited to the apothecary under your feet. We are all excited though to be learning how to address our companion animals health needs for nutrition and wellness through use of the botanicals. This helps us place the intention from the very start of gathering leaves, twigs, roots, bark and flowers for use in making medicine.

Making Botanical Medicine Our Rightful Heritage

Here is our class Herbs for Pets learning how to make our own medicine. We are working on several things; milk thistle extractions, Pau D’ Arco and Skullcap glycerites. We had an expert work with the class, a former extractor  for GAIA Herbs who has much study under his belt before opening his own herbal products company right here in Black Mountain.

We made the medicine from the raw product so that our students would know how to do this from scratch. If the world suddenly became so uncomfortable that for any reason we didn’t have the luxury of purchasing quality certified organic material we could indeed make our very own. [Read more…]


Here is something no one should be celebrating, the damage done to our pets from unsafe and unnecessary vaccinations. Just one topic this week that  I am addressing is the increase in behavioral issues with vaccinations, specifically increased agitation, aggression and anxiety. Studies at California Davis   have found in humans and in animals following vaccinations containing mercury; increased agitation, anxiety, fear and aggression.Behavioral problems that follow vaccination administration. These adverse events are tied to the brain damage from vaccines.

There are quite an alarming number of increased aggression cases in cats, dogs and even horses following use of vaccines, especially the rabies vaccinations that are the ONLY mandated vaccination.Most of the vaccines contain mercury but not all of them. Encephalitis, brain damage is very very common to all who submit to vaccination. Encephalitis is number one on the Federal Registry list of Vaccine Damages.

There are many cases, alarmingly aggressive cases of dangerous animals that became that way AFTER vaccination. My conclusion as to why the rabies vaccinations induces so much aggression is because it is the most administered vaccination being the only mandated vaccination.All vaccinations can do this, but the rabies is the worst. Horrific cases of increased aggression that ends up with housemates killed or maimed by a rabies vaccinated dog is not rare enough. There is even a case of a horse that attacked another horse within 3 days of receiving a rabies vaccine, the next year, after vaccines again, he attacked and killed the mare, was found mutilating the mare by consuming her flesh. [Read more…]

Don’t touch the snake

One of the parts of the Emergency First Aid and Disaster Preparedness Course that I am teaching at the FIREFLY GATHERING at Bell’s Cove outside of Asheville, NC this weekend was very much about this topic, venomous snake bites. I learned you can actually teach your dog snake avoidance. I also learned that 44% of the snake bites in this country are from run-ins with snakes where both parties are caught by surprise and that is why you should learn snake avoidance. What I also learned and taught my class is that over 55% of the venomous snake bites happen because of people purposely setting out to “handle” the snakes they come upon. Purposeful and willful interaction with poisonous snakes………does that surprise anyone?Firefly First Aid

must-pack-pet-first-aid-kitI also taught about the first aid with snake bites like using homeopathy to treat and basic first aid. Also from the apothecary under our feet, to use a good spit poultice of broad leafed plantain which has removed snake venom right out of bites and also successfully treated brown recluse spider bites.  Two venomous snakes in this part of the woods  in Appalachia to be aware of are  copperheads and rattlesnakes.

At the end of Friday’s class what should we see but a beautiful shiny snake appear right at our feet behind the wooden building and to the left of a wood pile where the talks on First Aid were being given. What do you think the people wanted to do but “go look closely at the snake”. If you can teach dogs snake avoidance, why do you think humans cannot be taught?

Today on Face Book, I posted a link to a report that famous venomous snake handler was killed by a viper he was handling. He was purposefully and willfully handing venomous viper teaching people not to be afraid of them……he reportedly died of a “rare allergic reaction to the vipers venom”. His partner reported that the highly venomous snake should not be blamed for the death, I couldn’t agree more.


There is an article today on Dr. Mercola’s newsletter titled Ecosystem and Food Supply Threatened by Gross Underestimate of Toxicity of Neonicotinoid Pesticides that everyone who uses Bayer products for their pet’s parasite control like Advantage should read. The contents of these products contain the very same neonicotinoid pesticides that are killing our bees, killing our ecosystems, our birds and  amphibians. If you like to eat food, then understand that bees are responsible for pollinating the majority of our produce. In the EU they staged a large bee kill off with humans in bee suits to  show the staggering loss of these most important pollinators and medicinal food makers. The visual effect of how many bees are dying from the use of these pesticides was enough to engage the Europeans into action. The EU is now banning the use of these substances. What about the United States? What about the US indeed! Do the people in the US not  like to eat? Do they want access to important medicinal foods like bee pollen and royal jelly? Honey is the largest product that bees provide second to the  bee services of commercial  pollination.

dog as beeI couldn’t help but notice the link of these neurotoxic pesticides to  not only the onset of Parkinson’s disease in people, but thinking about Dr. Suzanne Humphries you-tube video explaining the role of neurotoxins in the origin of polio, that DDT which stays in the environment for over 50 years has actually been found too late to be responsible for so much disease and disability. I think we need to become proactive for our ecosystems here in the US and take a stand for the bees. Do we need to do a demonstration like they did for the EU? I know our pets like to eat!cat as bee

Anyone have a bee suit?