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Morning in the Aspens by Kathy McCabe

My sister and I traveled to Colorado recently to surprise our mother on her 80th birthday and to see my nephew and his his wife at their mountain home above Paonia. Now, when I talk about paradise, I’m not exaggerating – it is lush and beautiful and splendid!¬† It was overwhelming the variety of plants growing.

I identified common white clover and plantain for them, as well as some not so common plants. But it would take me a lifetime to identify everything up there – not that I’d mind but I think they would get tired of Aunty Kathy as a permanent houseguest. ūüôā

This brings me to my point, I suggested that if they were serious about wanting to know more of the edibles on their land, that they hire an herbalist who is familiar with the area to come take them on nature walks. As herbalists, we need to point in the right direction, even if it is away from ourselves. I’m happy I was able to show them the plants I knew about, and it was very enjoyable to have such eager students!

I felt blessed to be there and refreshed in spirit  Рand sorry to leave.

It’s finished, complete, done.

It was a grueling two-and-a-half-month, six-class course of study on Medicinal Plants at Cornell University’s online eCornell hub.¬† Tons of research, videos, reading, and assignments and I’m so happy I did it.

Why did I do this program just after I’d finished over five hundred hours of advanced study at the Herbal Academy?¬† Because you can never have too much information. And the Cornell University program was an intensive and thorough study into the science of herbs and peer-reviewed literature that comes from leading-edge scientists.¬† It also solidified in my own mind how valuable my Herbal Academy training really is and how much I’ve learned.

I’m always going to be learning, I may not always take an actual course of study, but research is learning too. I’m thrilled.

And to my husband Michael, you make this happen. I just said it would be a good addition to my education and you made it happen. I’m so grateful for you and your support!!

Oh yeah, I finished!!! Make it a great day!

~ Kathy – Hilltop Herb Woman

 

 

Calming Room SprayIntroducing our Calming Room Spray!¬† In a special edition 8-ounce reusable bottle.¬† Did you know that lavender provides calming benefits just by smelling it?¬† I can be stressed to the max with my shoulders up near my ears and just smelling lavender makes me feel better.¬† Turns out, there’s proof it works!

Lavender’s anxiolytic properties come not just from ingestion but also from inhalation. An article that the inhalation of lavendulan officinal reduced the anxiety levels and found that aromatherapy using Lavender increased the parasympathetic nervous system (Essential oil of lavender in anxiety disorders: Ready for prime time? РPMC (nih.gov)). (I wrote this recently in my homework for Cornell University.)

To this end, we’ve created a Calming Room Spray utilizing lavender and chamomile – another very relaxing herb – you can shake it up and spray it or put a little into your diffuser.

Available now at Hilltop Arts.

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