ROOT MEDICINE: Turmeric Root and a Healing Brew Recipe

Nature is brilliant. Such a diverse and impressive Farmacy.
Earth’s Medicine Cabinet really shines. Roots, herbs, medicine foods, essences….

I work with Turmeric/Curcumin on a daily basis. I take it to relieve chronic back pain and inflammation from a cycling accident. It’s also one of the top root medicines I suggest because it is just gets to the point. The healing effects are palpable. Infinite benefits (kind of how I feel about Coconut Oil and Lemon).

Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, has VERY STRONG anti-inflammatory effects and is a powerful antioxidant. The benefits of Turmeric have been known to surpass anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, chemo, pain killers, arthritis meds, IBD meds and so much more.

Turmeric is a true wonder root. So grateful for these little nobules of awesome.
 Turmeric Milk


  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 cup almond or hemp milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 2-3 black peppercorns
  • tsp honey
  • sprinkle of cinnamon

Warm milk and water over low heat and stir in the turmeric powder. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. This will reduce the milk to one cup. Turn off the heat and add crushed black pepper. Adding #blackpepper to the brew will make the Turmeric more #bioavailable. Drink the milk hot or warm. Add a drop of honey and sprinkle with cinnamon for some extra mojo.

Shinrin-yoku Forest Bathing

I’m a huge fan and supporter of shinrin-yoku AKA, forest bathing. From a very young age I felt a deep kin to trees. So much so, that in second grade when we were asked to share a story about ourselves in front of class, I admitted to having multiple past lives as a tree. I also informed the littles that trees can heal us. They thought I was nuts, but I knew in my heart I wasn’t. As a wellness practitioner, I am confident that nature is a master healer.

Fast forward 30 years and Japanese officials spent about  $4 million dollars studying the physiological and psychological effects of forest bathing, designating 48 therapy trails based on the results. The upshot of the study? Forest bathing effects viral infected cells and can shift immune system health and cancer prevention.

“This is due to various essential oils, generally called phytoncide, found in wood, plants, and some fruit and vegetables, which trees emit to protect themselves from germs and insects. Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher and better—inhaling phytoncide seems to actually improve immune system function.”

Can’t get into the forest? All good! A simple hack is to brew up some pine or cedarwood (for example) essential oil in a diffuser, meditate and drop in.

Read the full story HERE.


Forest Bathing

photo: ©Marisa Gross/Lady Greenthumbs – Canon 10mm

Oh Precious Bees

Oh precious bees, how I honor thee… While it’s wonderful news that 7 species of bees were placed on the Endangered Species list, and will therefore have a greater level of protection, it’s alarming and insane that we have gotten to a point of such chemical overload on our amazing planet, that even had to happen. #ColonyCollapseDisorder is no joke and without the bees pollinating our food, we only have about 4 years left to live on Mother Earth. To assist, plant “pollinators” (yarrow, asters, sunflower, borage…) in your organic garden to attract bees and other pollinating friends, never kill a bee (or anything) and never ever spray pesticides or herbicides… your future self thanks you.

oh precious bees

Activism and #WaterIsLife

Years ago I used to be a VERY vocal activist. As an Earth Guardian, much of my effort was to wayshow others the atrocities that big business, politics and ego had on humanity and earth in the name of money and greed. I spoke of these ills to anyone that would listen, and spoke even louder to those that didn’t. DOH! That strategy wasn’t exactly effective for me so I decided that instead of focusing on the ills of the world, I was going to put energy and effort into visioning a new world while connecting with others to create sustainable ways for a new paradigm. I feel as if I have failed. I feel as if in an attempt to cocreate this new paradigm I am losing the dialogue of the current situation and what is happening on this planet IS NOT OK… I remind myself, it’s all about balance.

Earth is calling out to us. She is issuing a warning that for us to proceed, we must get it together as a species and clear the ego from our motives. We must cherish, protect and honor The Mothership, for it is she that sustains us. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not earth that needs to be saved, it’s humanity. She will outlive humanity. We need her… and we need to respect her in all her glory. NOW.

Today I am writing about the waters of Earth, for #WaterIsLife, specifically the The Dakota Access Pipeline and the Algonquin AIM Pipeline being constructed in Peekskill, NY.


The Dakota Access Pipeline is a $3.8 billion project that will carry an insane amount of crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois threatening the precious waters of Mother Earth. The pipeline is through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the decision to build was made without Tribal input. A 2 mile long path has already been bulldozed through sacred tribal burial grounds. On April 1, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe launched an ongoing protest camp called Sacred Stone. Since late July, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the pipeline,  too many have already been arrested in protest and the Army has been violent. THIS IS NOT OK!!!! This protest has grown in leaps and while mainstream media isn’t reporting to the extent in which this protest has grown, the truth is contagious, and that truth is exposing leaks in our “freedom”.  Amy Goodman, a reporter for Democracy Now was recently arrested for coverage of these protests. What is up America? Free Speech? What ever happened to that?

Everything  you need to know about The Dakota Pipeline HERE.

A dear friend and healer I used to work with, Rachel Esquilin,  is headed North Dakota with a small team of Acupuncturists (GAHP) to provide Acupuncture and medical care for the the protesters at Standing Rock. Please support her mission.


Below is info on another *urgent situation* that hits epic close to home regarding a fracked gas pipeline expansion project happening upstate New York — including how you can help! The “Algonquin” AIM pipeline that is being constructed in Peekskill, NY right next to Indian Point nuclear power plant, over 2 fault lines, and directly under the Hudson River !!! This puts NYC drinking water in great danger, not to mention the health & safety of the communities surrounding this pipeline upstate. We have to move FAST on this — as gas starts flowing by (latest) Nov 1st — unless we stop it!  Let us not go the way of Flint, Michigan!



& demand that they call on federal officials to the Spectra AIM pipeline NOW!

DONATE to ResistSPECTRA’s Resilience and Resistance GoFundMe campaign

CONNECT with activist groups to find out about events & contact them to find out what else you can do!


& In case you missed this (which –umm– most of us did!), here’s some press to get you up to date:

The Guardian – video about the pipeline – Sept 22, 2015

NY Times – article about pipeline concerns – Feb 29, 2016

Senator Schumer – press release – May 20, 2016

Democracy Now
– segment on concerns & protestors’ direct action – May 25, 2016

NY Times – article on Spectra’s merger with Enbridge (creating the largest energy-infrastructure company on the continent) – Sept 6, 2016


Earth Guardian FTW!

And then as I was drafting this post, THIS happened.

Earthworks Innovation

earthworks chair


“Land art doubles as lawn furniture with Terra, a “grass armchair” that grows from seeds and soil in a cardboard frame. Designed by Andrea Sanna and Piergiorgio Robino of Turin, Italy-based Studio Nucleo, it’s a vision of what seating might look like in a sustainable outdoor living room of the future.

Terra’s designers were motivated by what they see as a need for a more eco-friendly approach to design and manufacturing. The process of manufacturing wooden chairs, for example, takes a toll on the environment: it tends to waste wood, as well as energy for factories and shipping. Terra, on the other hand, cancels out any carbon footprint associated with its shipment by adding more greenery to the world.”

Read more…

Grow a Grass Armchair in Your Garden

Marigold, Army of the Garden and #MondayMeditation

Marigold is the silent army of the garden as it produces what is known as alpha-terthienyl, a substance that suppresses nematodes, which are microscopic worms that attack the roots of plants. Strong roots = successful garden. Plant around the border of beds and crops.
Also very powerful medicine when used internally for cramps and coughs, and topically for sunburn and so much more.
Besides simple style “seated meditation”, my favorite way to “go in” and activate a meditative state is while stringing flowers. A sure way to access the magic of consciousness and get in under the mind’s chatter. Warning. It can be especially activating and intoxicating via the flora, if you let it. Plus, afterwards you will have a stunning and precious garland imbued with all the goodness that you are.
Try it sometime. Cut the stems off your flower stalks. Use fishing wire to puncture through the center of the bud and string away to desired length!
 photo: ©Marisa Gross/Lady Greenthumbs

Turn Your Brownthumbs Green > With Herbs

Below are examples of popular herbs that can turn any brownthumb green! Not only are the herbs easy to work with, they are perennials, which means your herb friends will return year after year.



Perennial. Thrives in full sun and dry soil. Plant from seed in the Fall or use cuttings. You can also find plant ‘starts’, available at most Farmer’s Markets. Lavender is known for its fragrant leaves and is a hardy herb. Try infusing water or vodka with lavender for an added level of delicious.

Perennial. One of the most, hardy plants around! Oregano loves direct, full sun and well-drained sandy soil. You can grow from seed in the Spring or use cuttings. Oregano does really well with weekly cutbacks and is rambunctious in salads.

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Tesla Town

We are living in truly incredible times. “A new town planned for outside Melbourne, Australia could provide the first look at the future of suburban living. As Renew Economy reports, the “Tesla Town” will be the first in the world to feature solar roofs, energy efficient appliances, and Tesla Powerwalls built into every household.

Designed and developed by the Australian property group Glenvill, the town has been dubbed YarraBend for the nearby Yarra River. When the project is complete, it will have 2500 townhouses, apartments, and single-family homes. The people who populate the town are predicted to use 43 percent less water and generate 80 percent less trash than they would living elsewhere, and because solar energy will be so abundant, residents should have enough to charge up their vehicles for no extra cost.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Tesla Town

Be Like a Weed

Be like a 🌿weed🌿 and never ever give up.

Nothing will get in the way of the journey of a weed. Always reaching towards the light for sustenance and pushing through all resistance with gusto and might. Inspiring little green friends they are. There’s so much to learn from nature. Are you listening in Earth School?



photo: ©Marisa Gross/Lady Greenthumbs

Honeybee Inspired Green Space

Obsessed with the bee Queendom. Such magical creatures they are with their profound understanding of geometry.  Absolute perfection.

I love this project…

“A honeybee-inspired urban intervention has transformed a Sicilian city block into a thriving green public space. Milia Arredamenti and Farm Cultural Park commissioned OFL Architecture to design Zighizaghi, a multi-sensory urban garden in the town of Favara. Completed last month, the new “living room” to Favara welcomes visitors with plants, music, and art.” Read more at Inhabitat.

hive green space



Vertical Farm Start-ups are Flourishing

Growing in small spaces is nothing new, but the amount of start-ups in the space is! Microgreens last much longer and go from seed to harvest in less than 2 weeks, loss liability is much less and A LOT can be produced in very small spaces. Lots of businesses opening up in the space such as City-Hydro and Farmbox Greens. Read more about vertical farm entrepreneurship at New York Times.


Pumice FTW

And you thought pumice was just for straggly feet… Think again! “One of the problems with modernist architecture is that in many places in the world, it has supplanted traditional methods of building that over generations, have been specifically adapted to local climates, materials and knowledge. Much of this monoculture of modern architecture depends on carbon-intensive, industrial materials, creating forms that are often divorced from the unique cultures and building solutions that have developed in place, over many years. Think concrete boxes and gridded subdivisions, devouring land as far as the eye can see.”

Read more at Tree Hugger.

pumice homie


Feels Good To Be Gotten

Gratitude. It pumps through my veins like a storm. There is so much to be thankful for, always, all ways. In this moment I am incredibly grateful for my Tico friends I’ve met while in Costa Rica. They get me. It feels so good to “be gotten”. Yesterday was my birthday and their gift to me? A banana tree root ball!!! 🍌🍌🍌

Epic humans all over this epic planet!!!

root balls

photo: ©Marisa Gross/Lady Greenthumbs

In My Element

In my Element.
Foraging for wild flowers to transfer into the Farmacy at Puerta a la Vida. No allergy will hold me back from one of my favorite flowers, the almighty Lily. Especially when they are growing wild in the precious jungle that I inhabit with my animal friends, flora and fauna. As I was rummaging through the jungle floor, I’m reminded that I lived in NYC before this for 21 years. Wow! For me with nature it was love at first sight. I have been craving it since the first time I experienced trees as a child (on the way home from the hospital:-). This greenery. The prana. The body resonates here. Channels open. Awakened senses. Creativity flows. Earth oozes life.

Lady Greenthumbs RX: Feeling tired? Connect with nature. Feeling blue? Connect with nature. Feeling overwhelmed? Connect with nature. Feeling unfocused? Connect with nature.

Just ten minutes a day. You will feel the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual upgrade. For me, it’s the best way to clear my channel (the energy that runs through the chakras and meridians. Clear channel = more flow, greater manifestation, enhanced creativity etc.). It’s good to be alive. Give thanks all day everyday. Life is a fucking trip.


in my element