Dealing with cold and flu season

Dealing with cold and flu season

(pictured above Ligusticum canbyi)  Well, it's that time of year, and people are dropping like flies. Why is it that almost everyone succumbs to sickness during that fall, and how can we prevent it? From the perspective of medical science, a cold or flu is caused by one of over 200 different viruses, most commonly one of the rhinoviruses, coronaviruses, influenza viruses or the adenoviruses. Typical symptoms include cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, and fever, and while most people get better in about seven to ten days, some symptoms can last up to three weeks or longer. While the science isn't clear, it is generally thought that susceptibility to viral infection occurs during this time due to factors such as decreased humidity, which increases viral transmission rates by allowing tiny viral droplets to disperse farther and stay in the air longer, as well as the fact that most of use spend more time indoors, which enhances viral transmission. But apart from that, … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Video Blog

COVID-19 Video Blog

Hello everyone! This is our COVID-19 Video Blog page. Here you will find all of the video blog posts we have published on the subject of COVID-19. The newest videos appear first. If you have any questions please ask on our Instagram or Facebook pages, or send us an email at study@dogwoodbotanical.com. Part five: Part four: Part three: Part two: Part one: … [Read more...]

Herbal medicine and COVID-19

Herbal medicine and COVID-19

Shortly before we began the Ayurveda in Nepal program in February, details on what was initially called the Wuhan virus were just beginning to emerge, and I began to receive a lot of questions about what people should do to prepare for it. Given that I’ve been so busy in the Nepal program I haven’t had much time to write anything on the subject. Now that the program is over and I’m spending a few days at the beach in Kerala, I have a little more time to share my thoughts on COVID-19. Part of my hesitation is that there has been so much written on the subject that I really didn’t want to play into the whole “disaster porn” narrative that is so prevalent. Now, as more facts have emerged, I feel it’s probably a good time to share my thoughts on the subject. What is the coronavirus? Although I don't pay too much attention to social media, there is a lot of speculation on the source for the coronavirus including a conspiracy theory peddled that it is a bioweapon developed by … [Read more...]

Spring can really hang you up…

Spring can really hang you up…

[pictured above, an alder (Alnus rubra) male catkin that releases pollen] It’s officially Spring and many of you may be witnessing what some refer to as ‘yellow season’, the season of pollen dusting everything in it’s wake and wreaking havoc on our bodies. I’m reminded of one of the original bannock recipes, eaten by First Nations peoples, calling for cattail pollen, which grows in abundance for only a short few days in the spring. It’s one of the few examples of a pre-agrarian food that is comprised of tiny microparticles, and given its sticky, heavy properties, it’s probably a good thing that this special treat wasn’t available too often. In my book Food As Medicine, I make reference to research, which shows that a diet high in microparticles plays a role in gastrointestinal inflammation, which itself is a causative factor in the development of allergies and autoimmune disease. Of course, I don’t think that cattail bannock as a rare treat is the issue, but … [Read more...]

Full moon spring equinox herb gathering

Full moon spring equinox herb gathering

If you live on or near the Sunshine Coast of BC, please join us for the full moon to usher in the spring equinox, and the start of another growing cycle. Let's get to know each other, and discuss opportunities to deepen our knowledge of herbs, health, and healing. If it's a nice evening, we'll gather around the fire outside - otherwise, we'll enjoy each other's company inside. Healthy snacks and beverages welcome. For more information and to become a regular member of this group please see our meetup page. With a good turnout, we will aim to have these meetings on a regular basis. … [Read more...]