One of the unsung heroes of the herbal family are the many types of skullcaps from the genus Scutellaria. The genus Scutellaria has 360-400 species and the most commonly used are the Western Skullcap, Scutellaria lateriflora, and the Chinese Skullcap, Scutellaria baicalensis. The Scutellaria genus is in the Mint family (Lamiaceae), which is well known in the herbal and spice world.
The Wise Woman Herbals® Practitioner Learning Community February event featured Dr. Glen Nagel and a discussion on Botanicals for Energy and Adrenal Health. In this discussion, Dr. Nagel spoke about the uses for licorice root, eleuthero, schisandra, wild oats and rhodiola.
The use of bitters is expanding beyond the digestive tract, research studies like the ones mentioned above and other studies have given us new insight for bitter use which extends beyond the digestive tract. In a way it makes sense, bitter agents to help balance the epidemic of sugar overindulgence. The new use of bitters may help use treat the epidemic of diabetes, cardiovascular disease that leads to chronic illness. So now when we make a toast with our favorite drink, make sure it has a good dose of herbal bitters to help support our health. Let's take bitters for health if we can learn to enjoy the taste or at least to tolerate the new face of bitters.
Sunday morning was sleepy and heavy with misty fog outside. We all, separately, pulled on our best work shoes, brewed up some tea, and made our way to Lovelight Herb Farm in Veneta, Oregon. As we arrived the sun was burning off the fog, exposing bright blue skies. The plants were happy to see us!
Sierra Thompson Nordquist, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and herbalist, introduces the Botanical Fundamentals Kit from Wise Woman Herbals®. This kit was designed with the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in mind. Sierra discusses the components of the kit and how this can be utilized during functional evaluation.