By Dr. Orna Izakson The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 BCE) famously said “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” Gardeners know the best way to get your veggies is fresh and organic, ideally straight from the farm or garden. But beyond simple nourishment, scientists are finding some foods specifically help prevent [...]
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This post was written by acupuncturist Christine Dionese, who practices in California and New York. She’s one of my colleagues at WellWire.com. It’s an honor to have her contribution! By Christine Dionese, LAc If your back yard looks anything like mine down here in sunny So-Cal it’s ripe for the pickin’. The peaches are falling [...]
Weed Lover: Unintentional Medicine from Evolution’s Winners Back in the late ’90s and early aughts, a small but information-dense ’zine circulated in the Eugene area called “weed lover.” The premise was that weeds offend gardeners by growing where they’re not wanted, but that they nevertheless offer great value by way of food, medicine and pulling [...]
When we learn about Permaculture — or any kind of gardening, for that matter — we often see that certain plants are listed as medicinal. But do you ever wonder what part of the plant to use? When to pick it? What kind of health issues the plant medicine is used for? Would it be [...]
A spring planting guide while you’re planning what to plant By Orna Izakson Gardeners have a big advantage during deep darkness of a northwest winter: We get to pore over garden books and catalogs that offer shards of sunlight and whiffs of spring. Dreaming about striped tomatoes, salivating over the prospect of a fresh melon, [...]
Orna is spending the late summer of 2009 as writer-in-residence at Newforest Institute in Brooks, Maine. As part of her time there, she will be doing a community presentation about natural medicine on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Community dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the talk begins at 7 p.m. The event is free, with donation [...]
welcome to gardenmedicine, home to information about creating beautiful landscapes that feed your eyes, your body and your soul. on these pages i’ll discuss growing and using specific medicinal plants, shrubs that can help your garden be more productive, herbs that feed the pollinators on which we depend, and flowers and weeds that help keep [...]