Incorporating herbal medicine into your healing journey can be powerfully transformative.   Herbs have the ability to nourish, vitalize, move stagnant energy and alleviate suffering at a profound level.  However, herbs are not a cure all and underlying poor lifestyle patterns, habits and addictions should be addressed as well or herbal medicine will prove ineffective.  At Hearthside we believe in what we call 5 senses herbal medicine.  That means that herbs work best when they can be seen, touched, smelt, tasted and yes…heard.

Gathering herbs in the backyard or in the wild, placing delicious smelling flowers on the dining room table, bathing in essential oil infused mineral salts, drinking infusions and decoctions and taking tinctures—these are all ways to engage the five senses when taking herbs.  Through the act of engaging the five senses, we enliven and support our body and mind’s innate healing energy.  We believe in the ancient Greek maxim, Vis Medicatrix Naturae, literally meaning “the healing power of nature”   and that given enough time, rest, nourishing food and drink, the body and mind will heal itself.

Here are some of my articles as well as some wonderful herbalists and herbal resources to check out.


Jon’s Articles:



Nervine Herbs for stress and anxiety relief

Making Medicine:  St. John’s Wort

Create Your Own Herbal Emotional Distress Kit (H.E.D. Kit)

Reishi the Great Healer

Start Your Path as an Herbalist

5 Senses Herbalism 

Herbal Medicine and Mental Health

Herbs for Depression

How Can Herbal Medicine Help Those with Severe Mental Illness

Wildcrafting Nettle Seed

Buying and Taking Herbs

Traditional European Herbalism

Nettles, Super Tonic For Mental Health

Herbal Medicine and Astrology :  Originally printed in the Fall 2013 edition of Plant Healer Magazine

Planetary Transits and the Healing Process:







Arctos  School of Herbal and Botanical Studies:  Missy Rohs helps run this wonderful herbalism school in my neighborhood.





School of Traditional Western Herbalism:  Check out this herbal school in Portland with great faculty and a focus on blending scientific and traditional knowledge.





libweb  Master Herbal Article Index.  This is from Jim McDonald’s website.  A great compendium of articles on all aspects of herbalism.




Unknown    MethowValley herbs Blogroll:  I could list all the great herbal blogs on the web but Rosalee de la Foret does a great job at her site.




Unknown-1         Susun Weed:  Amazing herbalist, feminist and author.   Check out her amazing selection of books here.   Healing Wise is a great primer.




Unknown-5          Matthew Wood:  His writings on herbs are some of the most fascinating, rich and in depth explorations of herbalism out there.  The Book of Herbal Wisdom amazes!





Unknown-6      James Green:  His herbal on men’s issues is groundbreaking.  I return to his book The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook again and again.






Unknown-7      Kiva Rose:  Folk herbalist, “weed wife”, wild plant lover, Kiva  and Jesse Wolf Hardin put out an amazing quarterly magazine called Plant Healer Magazine.





Unknown-9   Mountain Rose Herbs:  You want herbs?  These folks have herbs!  Amazing resource for buying high quality herbs and a fabulous web site.



University of Maryland Herbal/Pharmaceutical Contraindications: