Sunday, May 1, 2016

Welcome to the Star and Thorn Botanicals Blog!

Hello friends and welcome! We have decided to start this blog, which is a joint collaboration between two sister-herbalists, to share our herbal knowledge with the broader communities in which we live and also beyond. We plan on including all sorts of information on this blog, with weekly posts appearing each Sunday.

We will be covering the following topics in the coming weeks, months, and years:
  • Local medicinal plants and materia medica
  • Foraging and wildcrafting information, ethics, and tips
  • Exploring children's herbalism and community-based herbalism
  • Talking about little-used local plants
  • Herbal first aid and wilderness first aid
  • Family-based herbalism and the herbal medicine chest
  • Medicine making, herbal recipes, and how-to guides
  • Herbal artwork and creations

About us!

Briel is a traditional western herbalist, reiki master teacher and chef currently living in Freeville, NY. Briel has studied Homestead Herbalism under Susan Hess and is a graduate of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine with 7Song. She is currently apprenticing with 7Song through his Herbal Apprenticeship Program and works with him at the Ithaca Free Clinic. Briel leads plant walks and classes through the FreeSkool in Ithaca, NY. She specializes in childhood education, foraging/wildcrafting skills/ethics and strives towards making botanical medicine accessible to all. Briel also blogs about healing foods, reiki, creative moment, and more at:

Dana is a traditional western herbalist and certified permaculture designer living in Western Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of  Jim McDonald's Four Season Herbal Intensive and has also studied with New England Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, although Nature has always been her first teacher. Dana teaches herbalism classes through the Wise Women's Natural Health Collective in Homer City, PA and also offers plant/herb walks in the area. She also is a member of the Indiana PA Herb Study Group. She is particularly committed to locally-based herbalism using plants available in the North Eastern and Midwest United States, restoring habitat and reintroducing endangered plants, and in combining herbal practice with permaculture design and ethics. Dana also blogs about sustainability and spirituality at the Druid's Garden (

 About Star and Thorn
Star and Thorn are old names for two of our very favorite herbal allies: aster (star) and hawthorn (thorn).  These two herbal allies have made a tremendous personal healing difference in our lives.  Aster, of the New England variety, is a lung relaxant and lung tonic, and helped Dana rebuild her lungs and avoid asthma complications.  Hawthorn is a herb of the heart, both physically and spiritually, and has been a lifelong friend and companions to us both.

Thank you for stopping by and joining us on our journey!

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