• Making Reishi Mushroom Extract

    I recently made a Reishi mushroom double extract with homegrown Reishi. It felt extra special because it was the first time I ever made such an extraction, plus I got to work with mushrooms I grew myself. Simply, a double extract uses both alcohol and water to pull out the medicinal constituents of a plant […]

  • Eighteen Months Post Celexa Taper

    May 12th, 2022 marked eighteen months since I took my final dose of the (S)SRI drug Celexa, after a 5.5 year long taper (you can read My (S)SRI Story here). I thought it might be helpful to share an update about my progress, and to answer some questions I get asked a lot in my […]

  • Working with Lion’s Mane Mushroom

    An array of difficult cognitive symptoms ranging from frustrating to debilitating are pretty common for those of us navigating prescribed psychotropic drug withdrawal. These problems can include things like brain fog, poor concentration, memory problems, confusion, etc. Early on in my withdrawal process when I was trying to taper much faster than my brain and […]

  • Practice-Based Evidence: Being My Own Case Study

    My withdrawal journey off of SSRI drugs started innocently enough in the spring of 2015… little did I know what I was about to be catapulted into. (You can read my whole SSRI story here.) By 2017 I found myself neck-deep in the layperson withdrawal community, helping to run one of the larger facebook forums […]

  • Lessons from Autumn Olive

    “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear” ~Unknown Pay attention. Follow the small quiet voice. Ask Questions. Remain open and curious. What you seek is likely closer than you think, and this is the medicine. The medicine has always been right here. Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) is an invasive wild edible that is […]

  • Simple, Inexpensive Self-Care Practices

    “The core of the earth speaks to us of belonging, security, and stability.” ~Susan McConnell At this point we are 18 months into a global pandemic, and I don’t know about you but… it’s getting to me. The isolation, the stress, the fear, the powerlessness, the sense of disconnection, all the unknowns…they are getting to […]

  • Transformational Healing Series – Introduction

    Towards the end of 2020, I became very interested in stories of radical remission and of healing the supposedly incurable. I’m talking about people with cancer (sometimes even labeled as terminal) who found ways to heal themselves. I’m talking about people with really advanced autoimmune disorders who put their conditions into remission and who have […]

  • Motherwort

    “Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) is one of those powerful, essential herbs that inspires fierce devotion in so many herbalists and herb enthusiasts. Those of us who love it agree; this herb works its magic in the realm of the heart—emotionally, energetically, and physically. A special friend to mothers and anyone in need of the strength and […]

  • Am I “against” antidepressants and other prescribed psychotropic drugs?

    I had not intended to write much just yet directly about prescribed psychotropic drugs, beyond sharing my own (S)SRI story, because it is my intention for this website and blog to serve as a larger exploration of what it means to be well. But various versions of the above question come up a lot in […]

  • Food-Mood Connection

    For much of my life I was someone who could eat whatever I wanted and not gain weight. Great, right? Well sure, in some ways I guess it was, but in other ways–not so much. What it meant was that for a long time I didn’t have the impetus to think about what I was […]

  • Story Medicine

    “The stories we tell ourselves… create our lives and thus our health. What are the stories you tell yourself about your life and your health? This is story medicine.” ~Susun Weed “Disempowerment is at the heart of poor health–physical, mental, and emotional.” ~Johann Hari “Physiology is always paralleling psychology” ~Bessel van der Kolk What is […]

In this blog space I share about own healing journey, my work with people and with herbs, and my own continued experience exploring the nature of dis-ease and of what it means to be well. Please take what you like and leave the rest.

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