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Herbal Roots Zine: Hops

When most people think of Hops, they think of beer. However, hops have many medicinal uses from promoting digestion to helping someone to sleep. In this month’s issue of Herbal Roots Zine explore the many uses of hops through recipes (hops honey!), word games and a poem.


Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is an herb that has long been revered for it’s anodyne pain relieving properties. This hardy plant is potent and efficient at soothing earaches, bronchial illnesses, as well as for coughs and colds. There are many ways this herb is enjoyed and used all over the world some of which might surprise you. This plant has been a famous healer and will continue to be throughout the world and in the herbal community.

September 2017: Marshmallow

Slippery, slimy, gooey… hardly words you would think of when describing your medicine, but if you are an herbalist you’ll know this illustrates the demulcent property, which is one of our most important herbal actions. Marshmallow is revered in the herbal world for being an incredibly demulcent herb.

Raspberry Leaf Tea Blend

Raspberry leaf has traditionally been used as a nourishing reproductive tonic. It’s a balanced herb for everyone of any age. Plus, raspberry leaf contains vitamins and minerals (like iron, manganese, and niacin) in an easily absorbable form. I like to pair it with other nutritive herbs like nettle and rosehips—a great and tasty way to take your vitamins!


Echinacea (Echinacea spp.) has long been revered for it’s immune building properties. This plant is on the United Plant Savers at risk list, find out why and also how to make sure you’re getting your echinacea from sustainable sources. Also learn about how to harvest and tincture this amazing plant, while learning about it’s folkloric history at the same time.

In The Canyons of The Otherworld: Mythopoetic Plant Medicine From The Land of the Living

This article is the the opening chapter to Kiva’s first book: “Changelings: An OtherWorld Herbal”. “Mythopoetic plant medicine is engaging with the green world in such a way as to create, grow, heal, and live from a mythic dimension. It is the work of understanding life through the lens of adaptive myth, and contributing to the birth of new stories from the living land. This, in turn, can result in the healing of people in their connection to plants and planet.”

4 Easy Steps to Herb Gardening with Kids

Summertime is here and it’s the perfect time to get kids out of the house and into the garden! School is out, days are lazy and the heat and rain of summer do wonders for growing herbs. Kids love to feel empowered. Giving them a chance to grow the herbs they can use when they are sick gives them ownership and pride.

August 2017: Sage

Sage (Salvia officinalis) has long been used to flavor meals and to aid digestion. In recent years it’s been shown to be a powerful ally against Alzheimer’s disease, imbalanced cholesterol levels, and type 2 diabetes.

Gluten-free Dairy-free Salted Chocolate Cookies

While experimenting with this recipe, I brought in samples for my office mates to enjoy. I could tell by how quickly they were snatched up, that they loved their chocolate-y goodness just as much as I did! Enjoy!