Seaweed Harvesting on the North Coast

May and June are great seaweed gathering months on the North Coast. I prefer June as we generally have milder weather, which makes for an easier harvest. We arrived at this Mendocino location for a minus tide very early in the morning. I like this location as we don’t have to walk as far down the beach, which means less a hike back when laden with wet seaweed! We had a lovely morning with very little wind and were able to harvest plenty of sea...

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Ayurveda: Traditional Indian Medicine, and What to Expect From Treatment

Ayurveda: Traditional Indian Medicine, and What to Expect From Treatment

One key aspect of ayurveda is its description of three fundamental energies or Doshas that govern our internal and external environments. In Sanskrit these energies are known as Vata (air), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (water).  Wrapped up in a human being, these are the primary constitutions responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body.  Each of us has all of these doshas within us, but our individual distribution and make up of them...

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CA Prop 65, Heavy Metals and Herbal Safety

CA Prop 65, Heavy Metals and Herbal Safety

Perhaps you’ve seen the California proposition 65 stickers and warnings on various products, including some of your herbal remedies?  CA prop 65 was passed to protect drinking water sources by reducing and eliminating exposure to toxic substances.  It also prohibits businesses from knowingly exposing customers to toxic substances without clearly exhibiting a warning label.  The label states, “This product contains chemicals known to the...

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