How a novice herbalist uses plant medicine in her daily routine

July 28, 2019 at 12:00PM by CWC Want to learn more about the power of plant medicine? Watch the video here. Sometimes grounding ourselves to feel like real humans (rather than an “airy, fragmented all-over-the-place” version of ourselves) requires more than a few deep breaths. For Sara Elise, owner of woman-led and collaboratively run Brooklyn-based … Continue reading How a novice herbalist uses plant medicine in her daily routine

3 smoothie add-ins for happier skin, according to LA’s top Chinese herb expert

April 04, 2019 at 06:57AM by CWC Last Thursday I found myself sitting at a bar at 11 am, listening intently as a man my dad’s age gave me beauty tips. Okay, relax: At this watering hole, legendary Los Angeles health food emporium and elixir bar Dragon Herbs, the strongest thing on the menu is … Continue reading 3 smoothie add-ins for happier skin, according to LA’s top Chinese herb expert

Wormwood is an ancient herb with lots of health promise—here’s what to know before trying it

March 30, 2019 at 02:00PM by CWC Ah, yes. Wormwood. Your go-to supplement. JK. Unless you’re well-versed in Traditional Chinese Medicine, wormwood (also known as qinghao) probably doesn’t have much name recognition. For starters, it’s an herb with a strong bitter flavor. It’s also the main ingredient in vermouth and absinthe, the alcoholic drink responsible … Continue reading Wormwood is an ancient herb with lots of health promise—here’s what to know before trying it

Jennifer Garner’s lesson in drying herbs spiced up my life

March 22, 2019 at 09:48AM by CWC Everyone needs a hobby. For me, it’s doing my best to be a good #plantmom. And for Jennifer Garner, according to a recent Instagram post, it’s drying herbs to use in everyday recipes and home decor. As the host of  #PretendCookingShow, it’s only natural that Garner dries her … Continue reading Jennifer Garner’s lesson in drying herbs spiced up my life

If cold and flu season is wrecking your life, slippery elm might be just the herb for you

March 12, 2019 at 01:54PM by CWC Even though spring is apparently upon us (buh-bye, Daylight Saving Time), we all are still stuck with an especially clingy cold and flu season this year. And if you’re dealing with a sore throat or cough that just won’t quit, here’s one remedy besides tea and honey that you … Continue reading If cold and flu season is wrecking your life, slippery elm might be just the herb for you

What this acupuncturist wants you to know before going all-in with medicinal herbs and mushrooms

February 18, 2019 at 07:00AM by CWC There’s this place in LA where you can literally drink the extract of a mountain ant, which has adaptogenic properties and can give you an energy boost. I know this, because I did a shot of mountain ant in the name of wellness. (And so I could post … Continue reading What this acupuncturist wants you to know before going all-in with medicinal herbs and mushrooms

Meet vitex, the hormone-balancing herb you’ve probably never heard of

February 14, 2019 at 09:18AM by CWC If you have crazy-terrible PMS every month (cramps, mood swings, low energy, the works!) you’ve probably tried literally everything to make it less terrible. Heating pad? Check. Magnesium supplement? Check. Dairy-free ice cream? Check. But one lesser-known PMS remedy that probably should be in your arsenal: vitex. If … Continue reading Meet vitex, the hormone-balancing herb you’ve probably never heard of

7 herbs for inflammation to start sprinkling into your diet

February 04, 2019 at 08:48AM by CWC It seems like anytime you read about some sort of health issues, inflammation (a defensive mechanism your immune system activates automatically to deal with what it deems to be “foreign substances” in your system) is mentioned in passing if not the actual focus. Aside from creating bodily discomfort through … Continue reading 7 herbs for inflammation to start sprinkling into your diet

Your guide to the world of Ayurvedic herbs and their many benefits

January 11, 2019 at 10:45AM by CWC 2019 thus far seems to be the year of “what’s old is new again.” The Mediterranean diet has made a comeback, people are starting to be okay with carbs again, and Cookie Monster (yup, the very same) is suddenly a wellness icon. And when it comes to your … Continue reading Your guide to the world of Ayurvedic herbs and their many benefits

7 ways ginkgo biloba can help your entire bod, according to an herbalist

January 03, 2019 at 01:12PM Whether you’re deep into marathon training or hit the ground running a little too eagerly pursuing those #NewYearNewYou goals, muscle soreness happens to the best of us. While soaking in an Epsom salt bath can work wonders, there’s another secret weapon worth having in your back pocket: ginkgo biloba. Never … Continue reading 7 ways ginkgo biloba can help your entire bod, according to an herbalist