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Mimosa: If Happiness Was a Tree

I knew this was going to be my last article in the wonderful, local Mississippi magazine, Catfish Alley.  I’ve moved to Tennessee, so we knew we had to part ways…  However, I didn’t know that this was going to be Catfish Alley’s last issue. I’ve loved getting to know the publisher, Birney Imes and the … Continue reading

Poke: a Deep South Herb for Deep Work

The Spring 2017 issue of Catfish Alley is now available!  And, as usual, I submitted an article on a local plant that I like to use as medicine.  As you can already tell by now, the article was on poke or Phytolacca americana. A fun twist this quarter, is that my article on poke was … Continue reading

Sweet Gum Tree: The Warm Protector

Common Name:  Sweet gum Latin Name:  Liquidambar styraciflua Family:  Hamamelidaceae (Witch hazel family) Parts used:  green balls, leaves, bark, resin Tissue or system affinity:  lungs, throat, joints, immune system Taste:  aromatic, slightly bitter Energetics:  warming, slightly drying Actions:  anti-viral, expectorant, astringent, drawing Uses:  topically, the resin can be used to draw out infection; topically, the … Continue reading

Herbal Allies for Cold & Flu Season

Is it a cold or flu? similar in their manifestation and are both respiratory viruses colds tend to last a shorter amount of time & express mildly with runny nose, sore throat, a wet cough flus tend to last longer & have more severe symptoms (fever, sudden symptoms, body aches, chills) one can also get … Continue reading

Goldenrod: A Plant That Makes us Whole

The Fall Catfish Alley magazine is hot off the press (www.catfishalleymag.com) and with that, my recent article on goldenrod.  And, perfect timing, because she will be blooming soon!  In this post, I’ve shared the original article that I submitted to the magazine.  Of course, they had to edit it a bit and tighten up the … Continue reading