Author Archives: Chanchal

Scottish Folk Medicine

The first people thought to have inhabited Scotland were Paleolithic or Old Stone Age people who migrated across now swamped land bridges from the European mainland around 300,000 years ago.

Building a Formula – Selection Criteria and Dosing Strategies


Building a formula, determining the correct herbs and the correct proportions, as well as the dosing strategy, is the pinnacle of the art of herbalism. It is the place and time when much of the hard core science we … Read More

Standardized Extracts

Traditional herbal medicines include teas (infusions and decoctions), tinctures, poultices and salves. Recently we have begun to make increasing use of tablets and capsules. These are all relatively simple preparations, not highly processed and readily available at very reasonable cost.… Read More

The History of Western Herbal Medicine

An overview of the evolution of Western herbal medicine, from primitive, prehistorical times through ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, to the Renaissance and up to modern times.

Are Vegan Diets Healthy for Children?

Does a vegan diet meet the needs of babies and children? Studies show that children can be successfully reared on a vegan diet, providing sufficient care is taken to avoid the known pitfalls of insufficient protein, a bulky diet and vitamin B12 deficiency”

A Review of Five Key Medicinal Plants of the Pacific North West

This document describes the botany, chemical constituents, pharmacology, clinical applications, pharmacy and folklore of five commonly used botanicals indigenous to the north western parts of the USA and the western seaboard and Rocky Mountains of Canada.

The Art and Science of Aromatherapy-Class 2011

14 hour essential oils class with Chanchal Cabrera, covering hands on making of products from bath salts, spritzers, emulsions and more.

Fasting and chemotherapy protection in patients – Study

Research exploring how fasting for 48 hours or longer before chemotherapy protects normal yeast and mammalian cells and mice but not cancer cells from chemotherapy and causes remarkable changes in the levels of glucose, IGF-I and many other proteins and molecules.


Introduced from Europe to America, this plant is now naturalised across most of the USA, even surviving in a stunted form in the far North.

Herbal Help for Winter Weather

To increase resistance and fight the cold or flu, the following herbs are recommended.