Morning Cup of Tea

It hardly seems like winter this week in Northern California. Instead of our steady fog and rain, we have had sunshine and temperatures in the mid 60’s. No complaints here as I soak up as much sun as I can!

It is getting brighter in the mornings and the days are gradually increasing, making the warmer days of spring more of a reality. I am still taking my daily tonics as people are still getting sick around me and I do my best to avoid going down like that. Especially since I leave for a yoga retreat in Tulum in 10 days!

I have been loving the Tulsi Rose tea from Humboldt Herbals. I worked at Humboldt Herbals many moons ago when they first opened in Old Town Eureka 20 years ago! Time flies, and us with it! Check out all the herbs, teas, essential oils, skin care, and other goodies they have to offer. You can also hear my interview with the proprietress of Humboldt Herbals, Julie Caldwell.

The combination of Rose Petals, Tulsi Bail, Red Raspberry leaf, and Green Cardamom is mildly spicy and so delicious. Sometimes I add a pinch of  Elderberry and Star Anise to keep my immune system even stronger. Either with little honey or unsweetened, this blend keeps me healthy and happy.

May you also enjoy a nourishing cup of herbal tea today!

For the love of plants,



when energy flows, wellness grows

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The Herb Walk Podcast Interview with Julie Caldwell

This is by far one of my favorite interviews so far.  I have known Julie since my first herb class back in 1998 and we have spent many hours hanging out and wildcrafting. On this episode of The Herb Walk Podcast we talk plant spirit medicine, herbalism, and what it’s like running a community pharmacy for almost 20 years.

Julie Caldwell, MA, is the creator of Humboldt Herbals and has had the great pleasure to serve the community as an herbalist for over 18 years. She’s a constant student of medicinal plants and the healing arts, and loves to teach about the beautiful and elegant relationship between people and plants. She offers intuitive herbal consultations and Plant Spirit Medicine by appointment only. For more information, please email Julie at

Don’t miss an episode, subscribe to The Herb Walk Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!

With love,


when energy flows, wellness grows

The Year of Soul Wisdom & Recipe: Medicine for the Soul

I’ll admit I was a little hesitant to enter into a yang fire year (Year of the Red Monkey). All of my astrological charts show a lack of water element and my move to Colorado has given me a whole new appreciation for humidity, so a fire year just seemed overwhelming knowing that appropriate eating, exercise, and meditation is all I need to sustain myself in a yang year, I am now excited to ride the wave of energy that fire creates in her wake.

The fire element represents communication, creativity, and compassion, yet the nature of fire is intense, erratic and explosive. This can make for an interesting dichotomy of  emotions.  This is an opportune time to present your true self to the world! It’s the time to share your talents. Everyone is more energetic, open-minded and inspired when the mischievous monkey is out to play.  

I am taking the wisdom and enthusiasm of the monkey to inspire all of us to let our inner lights shine. I have the honor to have a husband, family, and friends that are inspiring, courageous and supportive. They are a constant reminder that with courage, hard work, and inspiration, anything is possible.

If you need success stories check out these links on people I know personally that have created the life they want to live:

Jessica Baker          
Cultivate Colorado   
Humboldt Herbals

I’ll leave you with a tea inspired to feel like a big, internal hug. It is delicious, energizing, and nourishes you from head to toe. As always, use organic and sustainably harvested ingredients, or grow your own.

Recipe: Medicine for the Soul

2-3 tsp milky oats
2-3 tsp hawthorn berries
1-2 tsp of sage (your choice — pineapple, white, or clary)
1/4-1/2 tsp of cinnamon or cardamom


  1. Simmer hawthorn berries and cinnamon in 2 to 3 cups water for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Turn heat off and steep Milky Oats for at least 5 minutes.  
  3. Add Sage the last 1 to 2 minutes of the steep.  
  4. Strain herbs and drink 1/2 cup of tea per serving. Feel the herbs move throughout your body and observe any sensations that may arise.

When energy flows, wellness grows…