Author: celia

Rose Petal Elixir with Honey and Alcohol

This summer I am reacquainting with hands-on medicine. I am harvesting and processing herbs from my very own herb garden and from my neighborhood. And I am making a LOT of medicine – or at least a lot for me. Sometimes I am very much a folk herbalist, placing herbs in a jar and covering with my mentrum based on how it looks, what I have, and what I’m feeling at the moment. There is very little mind paid to measuring exacting quantities. I trust the herbs, the extraction process, and myself. Other times I am very much a clinical herbalist who pays attention to dosing, mestrum to herb ratios, extraction time and process (you can be a clinical herbalist without paying attention to these things, too). I want to make replicable and reliable medicines. I am in awe of the array of chemical constituents present in the herbs and want to match them with the ideal mediums and consider what will extract the herbs to their fullest potential. This rose petal elixir is an …

Hello There…I’m Still Here!

HELLO! It’s been a while. But I wanted to say I am blogging very, very occasionally on my website . These photos are from a mini post about a Cedar Rose tea recipe. I am not sure what to do with Dandelion Revolution. It seems silly to maintain two websites and blogs. However, since it’s been around since 2007 it has a lot of traffic and reach. I still get people contacting me through here seeking herbal support, I don’t want to leave people hanging. BTW I still live in Portland, and I am a mother of two kids – as of pandemic times they are 5 1/2 and 2 1/2. Yes, never a boring day with little kids around here. I am with them almost full time – normally they go to preschool two days a week and my husband Rob holds down the fort for me to work on Saturday and sometimes evenings. But that’s not the only reason I stopped writing on here. I was very ill with a chronic Lyme infection that …

An Outsider to Your Medicine: On Practicing Chinese Medicine

I am in a rare place in my life (as a primarily stay-at-home-mom) where I can spend time pondering my career path and calling in medicine. For a few months now, I have wondered if I will every truly understand one side of the medicine that I practice: East Asian medicine (a term I like to use for acupuncture and Chinese medicine). The answer deep inside me is a resounding NO. I will never really understand East Asian medicine. Because I am not of the culture from which the medicine is derived. It’s not of my ancestral line. And I haven’t been immersed in any aspect of Asian culture. I’d love to work at a hospital in China. I’d love to study the Classics with a knowledgeable teacher. I’d love to dedicate many years to learn a lineage of Qi Gong. I could read all the books and go to all the conferences and do all the things and get all the degrees…and I’d still never really know Chinese medicine. I can live with that. I …

10 Years of blogging on Dandelion Revolution

I’m thinking back with much fondness to 2007-2008. Ten years ago was a very special time for me. Foundational. Formative. Dreamy. I spent a completely magical summer interning at Sage Mountain, an herbal retreat center and botanical sanctuary in the mountains of Vermont. A fellow intern and I had the best job: working in the herb gardens under the guidance of an amazing gardener in trade for living on premise and attendance to the workshops and conferences.

Violet Honey Paste – Violet for Medicine and Taste

It’s no secret that I adore violets. As in absolutely adore them. Some of my favorite medicines to make are the violet ones (rose too, then there’s linden, and chamomile, and red clover…). Violet elixirs, violet tinctures, violet glycerites, I even tried (and failed) to make a violet liqueur. Not only are they one of my favorite springtime plants of the garden and woods, but they are an invaluable medicinal herb. The thing about violet, along with other some other spring herbs like chickweed, dandelion and cleavers, is that it is so gentle and supportive, yet powerful at the same time.

Coffee Break – What I discovered while reconsidering the beloved beverage

Letting go Like so many other people, I relied on coffee to get me through the day. This my story of how I decided to look deeper into my relationship with coffee, and what I learned in the process.  I had utterly and completely exhausted myself, on top of the ‘normal’ exhaustion of tending to a 1 year day and night. This round of deletion began around the holidays, when my husband and I started to look into buying a house. We wanted to but a fixer upper, as we like to work with our hands and it would help us afford to a home in an area of the city that would normally be out of our price range. With the way the housing market was going, I knew that once we started looking for a house we were all in. It demanded constant attentiveness and moving quickly. Coffee helped me face the endless tasks at hand, and kept me chipper and able to multitask. What I loved above even the coffee was walking to my local …

Spleen 6 – A Grounding Essential for Women’s Health

Spleen 6 is a triple-whammy point for the womb. It is named “Three Yin Intersection” because all three of the leg Yin acupuncture channels, the Spleen, Liver and Kidney channels, meet here. This makes Spleen 6 a fabulous point for supporting the uterus and lower abdomen, because all of those channels run through that area and have a direct action on women’s health. Spleen 6, Three Yin Intersection Ruler of the Lower Abdomen (the home of the womb) Meeting of Liver, Spleen and Kidney Channels  Supports: Regular menstruation, encourages good flow and timing Circulation of the uterine area and lower abdomen Labor processes Postpartum healing Lower abdominal healing, such as after surgery or trauma Strength and quantity of nourishing Yin and Blood Regulation of all bleeding in the body, but especially uterine bleeding Calming of anxious states with insomnia or palpitations Downward and grounding energy and tuning into pelvis and womb General digestive functions Structural integrity of the lower pelvis, hips, sacrum, and thighs Healing of pelvic pain Because it acts so strongly on the pelvic organs, Spleen …

The Bee’s Knees Golden Milk – Coconut Milk Smoothie with Turmeric and Bee Pollen

As a practitioner I’m always thinking of ways to get herbs into people, and one easy way to do that is the liberal use of spices. Think about it: the use of herbs and spices in your everyday cooking is like getting dose after dose of herbal medicine. Don’t worry about side effects or overdosing; these food-herbs are ideal for mass consumption. If I do say so myself, this is probably the best smoothie recipe I’ve had in a while. Everyone I share it with says the same thing, “Oh my goodness, this is SO good.” I concur; and can’t get enough of it! Each time I make it, the turmeric and ginger amounts creep up and up. So far I have yet to approach the too-much-turmeric level. This smoothie was inspired by golden milk, the turmeric and coconut milk drink of Ayurveda. I took the rich orange and yellow hues of ginger, turmeric and bee pollen and enhanced them with fruits of the same color: pineapple and mango, with banana and coconut flesh added in for …

Refresh with Garden Herb and Cucumber Water

Cucumber water is one of my all-time favorite summer drinks. Usually, I add lime or pear slices, but I was inspired by the herb garden at Wildcraft Studio School to gather a bunch of tea herbs to my jar. This fresh herb-infused water was lighter than a brewed tea, and the crisp garden cucumber slices were of course refreshing, but they also added an palatable new dimension of texture to a the water. Cucumbers are a little mucilaginous, don’t you think? That’s a technical way of saying slimy. Cucumber water is a tad cloudy, if you look closely. I’m waxing poetic about the every-so-slight slimy/mucilaginous texture of cucumber water because a) I think that is what makes it so refreshing to eat and drink, and b) said texture is what blends so nicely with the flavors of fresh garden herbs. In short, the weight of the cucumber carries the lighter yet more pungent flavors of the herbs. A match made in heaven (or the garden).

A Doula’s Top 3 Tips For a Healthy Pregnancy

I’m putting on my birth doula hat today to share my favorite ways to stay healthy (and sane) during pregnancy. It was incredibly surprising to me that even though I LOVE herbs and have made so many pregnancy-related teas and formulas over the years, I wasn’t really into taking herbs when I myself was pregnant. I felt that creating a healthy foundation was more important, so that I wasn’t in need of taking herbs for medicine. I certainly enjoyed lots of beverage teas, though, to stay hydrated and for the pure fun of it!