Sage Advice – An Herb for Hot Flashes

Medicinally-speaking,”common sage” is anything but! Having worked with a number of menopausal or peri-menopausal women in my clinical practice, hot flashes and night sweats are among the most uncomfortable symptoms these women are dealing with.  A quick Google search for “herb for hot flashes” generally yields discussions about hormone modulators such as black cohosh, vitex … Read more

Herbs for Anxiety

As a clinician, lately I have been experiencing an uptick in people requesting herbal support to calm increased anxiety.  While every person’s circumstances are different – I recommend consulting with a professional for acute or severe cases – I offer up the following 10 herbs for anxiety that are generally safe when used at normal … Read more

Happy, Herby New Year 2020!

Green Haven Herbs in pots

Is it January 2020 already?  For me it seems like the holiday season just flew by this year!  But that could be largely due to the fact that I was on an extended business trip from the Saturday after Thanksgiving all the way to Christmas Eve morning.  I arrived at 4AM that morning, thanks to … Read more

Give thanks to Milky Oats!

Milky oats steeping

Now that the weather is seriously cooling down and the days are getting shorter and shorter, who wouldn’t want a “hug in a cup”? That’s how I refer to milky oats tea, one of my favorites for when I’m feeling stressed out, strung out, down and out, and just generally depleted. Ever feel that way? … Read more

Herbal Allergy Relief

Autumn leaves

It’s fall!  The leaves are changing, the days are getting darker and cooler and…seasonal allergies are acting up!  (Full disclosure:  I, personally, don’t suffer from seasonal allergies, but I’ve worked with several clients who do and have had great success with providing herbal allergy relief through combinations of the following.) Let’s get to it, no … Read more

Musings on the history of herbal medicine

Polish herb book

Recently I was asked by a fellow Master Gardener for some suggestions on how to put together an ‘educational and fun’ lecture on the History of Herbal Medicine.  “Wow”, I thought, “that’s a particularly broad topic”.  I started asking her a lot of questions: whose history?  Which culture(s)?  How far back do you want to … Read more

Herbal Aphrodisiacs? Yes, they are a real thing!

Statue of Aphrodite

The word ‘aphrodisiac‘ comes from the name of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, whose name also meant ‘sexual pleasure’.  Therefore, an aphrodisiac is something that arouses sexual desire.  It could be a substance such as a chemical (drug), but it could also be a sensory stimulant – visual (watching an … Read more

Welcome to Green Haven Living!

Green Haven Living

Welcome welcome all, and welcome 2016!  The New Year brings my new blog – something I’ve been meaning to initiate for quite some time.  As an introduction to the theme I would like to run throughout, allow me to borrow directly from my FAQ (also a fairly recent addition to my website): ‘Green Haven’ is … Read more