…when every day is a good day…

“I get up every morning determined both to change the world and to have one hell of a good time. This makes planning the day difficult.”
~E.B. White

My name is Dana, and I am an herbalist and CranioSacral therapist in Tupelo, MS.  My primary focus is on learning how to nourish all aspects of myself with herbs, earth-connection exercises and self care.  My intention for this blogsite is to record my experiences so that you can be inspired *and even join me if you wish*.

I have looked all over the web and have found very few souls from Mississippi who offer courses, workshops, medicines, etc. to the public, so I decided to get out of the Holistic Center for a bit and into the computer so I could create a web presence and connect with you.  If you are an herbalist in Mississippi or the surrounding states, please contact me.  :)

You will see that this site is divided into several categories or “pages”.  These pages will describe what I offer in more detail, but I want to make clear in the beginning of our friendship that I am a self taught herbalist (more on the “about me” page) and I most definitely do NOT know everything.  My focus is on plants and trees in the Southern bio region, but I love to learn and explore with all plants/trees/bio regions.

I no longer offer consultations; I simply don’t have the time; I encourage you instead to do your own research.  Educate yourself.   Learn how to grow and use your own herbal allies.  There’s mucho free info out on the net; find some herbal blog sites that you trust, and take the time to study and learn from some amazing herbalists.  I hope that you consider my blog site one of your favorites.

I am closing my apothecary for a while, so if you are in need of tinctures, elixirs, salves, plant material and whatnot, visit my darling friends, Mandi and Lindsay over at Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary in Starkville, MS.

It is my hope that you will bear witness to my continued learning process, my passions, my quirks and my sacred moments of connection with Mother Earth.  I hope to offer you the same gift.

As I evolve, so will this site.  And I am grateful that you are with me.

Dana

48 Responses to …when every day is a good day…

  1. Joanna Engelhorn says:

    I am an herbalist and like to learn more. I am interested in learning to help other people with their herbal need and how to teach them to eat what their ancestors ate. I am Chiricahua Apache and I am researching what the tribes ate. I like to see what other herbalist are doing. Thank you and I like your site.

    • Dana Tate says:

      Hi Joanna! Thank you for visiting my site. I understand where your heart is; I feel the same way. Feel free to subscribe to my blog. If you have a blog or website, post it here.

  2. Karisma says:

    I am looking forward to learning from everyone. I have absolutely nothing behind me other than what I have picked up from my own books. I am so loving the Herbal Ally challenges as its all new to me. I am open to advice and criticism from all. Thanks for your kind words re my son. Hugs xoxox

    • Dana Tate says:

      You know, Karisma, I have really enjoyed reading everyone’s thoughts and insights, seeing their creativity and ways of expression; this has been so much fun already! And we have 10 1/2 more months! LOL YAYYYYYYYY! (((hugs))) ~Dana

  3. Hey Dana…we’ve met briefly on another Yahoo site. But I thought I would introduce myself formally.
    I’m a third generation hispanic herbalist living in the San Francisco bay area all of my adutl life. Originally I’m from the central valley, the agricultural area of our state.
    I learned most of my herbalism from my mom who learned from her dad. Before accepting my role as the last “curandero” of the family I worked in law enforcement and later in deaf education. My garden provides me much of the medicinal plants I use, as well as a nearby park just a mile from my front door. My wife helps me wildcraft in the high Sierra once a year.
    No one is charged if they come to me for help…such was my mom and grandfather’s belief in healing. I am lucky to be able to do this. I teach classes to earn money for the things I cannot grow, harvest, or steal. Like olive oil, wax, glassware, alcohol, etc. A dear friend of my wife’s lives in Talasee so there is a slim chance we may meet someday. I hope so.
    Your site is WONDERFUL!
    Good luck and best wishes
    Chuck Garcia

  4. Yzzy Cronin says:

    :o) I have no clue what my url /website is but my blog is Yzzy’s Rewilding its my first ever attempt at blogging so i hope i donty damage very many psyches out there. He he he!. I am a beginning, self taught ( thanx for the term Shammi!!) Southern Appalachian herbalist who wants to learn all the plants Polk County, Tennessee has access to and share the knowledge with anyone who can use it. I came across your site and wanted to throw my name out there on that table. LOL. I dont know alot but i’m learning all the time :). I’m slowly but surely mastering the 2011 Herbal Ally Challenge with Ground Ivy (I call him Charlie… as in Creeping Charlie)

  5. Kathy says:

    Dana, I am thrilled you have a blog about herbal remedies. I only know a little about them. Thank you offering this to people. :) Kathy

  6. Suzan says:

    Hello, Dana!
    I am the Lady of the Lake from Alabama. Thank you for presenting a forum to share Southern HERBALl Healing. I began my own HERBAL tutelage in the early 90’s after working in the traditional healing field as a critical/emergency/flight nurse for years in Pennsylvania. (I like to always spell out the word Pennsylvania, because it means “Penn’s Woods” and I do love the healing nature of trees.) I moved to central Alabama twelve years ago, so- as a Southerner- you know that I am really quite the newcomer. For seven years I led a local HERB Club here, and taught monthly classes. My goal is to continue to learn what the earth has to teach us about healing. I, too, make medicine from local plants and will enjoy sharing with others in the surrounding states the traditions of Southern Healing. Thank you so much for the opportunity.
    Suzan

  7. I am from Northwest AL and have a small mother and daughter business from my home called Mothering Herbs for the pregnancy year and beyond. We do workshops, sell balms, home/body sprays, herbs, teas, etc. http://www.motheringherbs.com or on facebook at mothering herbs.

  8. mgoh1 says:

    Hi Dana, I am so pleased to meet you!
    I was raised in Pontotoc, MS and have many friends there still. One of them asked if I knew any herbalist or naturopaths in the Pontotoc area. When I did a search in the area I only found your blog here, but it looks great! I gave her your link and she will probably be contacting you soon.
    I live in Northern Arkansas, the Ozark Mountains, now and have 44 acres of mostly wooded property that is abundant with many herbs. I have been an herbalist for many years now and continue to learn daily.
    Have a very blessed day! :)

  9. herbmother says:

    Dana this site is beautiful. Thank you for creating this space and sharing your gift.

  10. rita fischer says:

    i am part cherokee an apache i also want to learn about what my people ate an used for medicenes it would be so good to learn thanx

    • Dana Tate says:

      Hi Rita! I’m glad you are here. Sounds like your heritage is mostly Southwest; I am located in Mississippi. I hope you find something here that you can incorporate into your life.

      ~Deep peace,
      Dana

  11. Hi Dana! I randomly stumbled onto your site and I’m from Tupelo, currently in Starkville. I’m a self taught herbalist and have actually recently begun formal studies to become a master herbalist. I grow a lot of my own herbs for all my own concoctions as well. I do local/state workshops and talks and am getting together a couple of weekend retreats for women. I would love for you to participate somehow! My parents are also still in Tupelo, so I am there often. How wonderful to find someone else in Mississippi. I’d love to chat! My email is (no spaces) mandi.sanders @ ggsim. org

    mandi

  12. Brandon Bransford says:

    Hi there.. I am studying to be an herbalist. Currently I live in Atlanta, but may be making a move to MS soon.. I grew up Jackson, then attended Ole MIss for college… I’d love to stay in touch, meet up…something… I’ve been looking into other herbalist in MS..and haven’t found much. I may head that way in November.. Perhaps we could arrange something.
    : )

  13. I’m also fascinated about herbs and their benefits, why my fore parents love and trusted these herbs. I am glad I meet upon your post.

  14. Please feel free to drop by and visit my blog. It’s a friendly place, something of interest for everyone. My name is Meadow. I am a certified master gardener and herbalist.

  15. Ashley says:

    Awesome! We are in central Mississippi! Nice to see other herbalist in the state!

  16. Kimberly McRoy says:

    Hi Dana. My name is Kimberly and I too am a self taught herbalist from Hattiesburg, MS. I would love to share experiences and talk to you. Send me an email so we can chat!

    Talk to you soon.

    Kimberly

    • Dana Tate says:

      Hello Kimberly! I would love to meet you!! :)
      Actually, I am going to send you some info about a place in Starkville… you may be very interested in this.
      Herbal hugs!

  17. erika says:

    thank you for this blog, you’re doing wonderful work ^_^

  18. Heather says:

    Hello, My name is Heather. I have a 10 year old son with severe ADHD and I am looking to get his diet right and possibly use some herbal and mineral supplements to get him off his meds that have such a negative side effect. I don’t know where to start or how. My email is heatherhortonbrewer@yahoo.com. I would LOVE any and all the help I can get. I have already started nixing things from the diet and will be starting the supplements soon, hopefully. Thanks in advance for any help or tips.
    Sincerely,
    Heather

    • Dana Tate says:

      Hi Heather!

      Best of luck to you as you take this journey with your son. If I were in your place, I would speak with a nutritionist and I would do lots and lots of research with the assistance of a clinical herbalist.

  19. BluegrassHerbalist says:

    Dear Mrs. Tate,

    I am a beginning herbalist from Northeast Mississippi. Being a beginning herbalist, I know little to none about the magnificent powers of medicinal herbs. However, I have read and researched about herbs and the different powers (I am currently in the process of harvesting some). These books and articles, however, hardly ever mention herbs that are local to the Northeast Mississippi region. I would love to know more about harvesting local herbs and their benefits. Could you please help me out? Thanks!:)

    • Dana Tate says:

      Hey there! :) I’m happy to meet you! We are building a really good herbal community in the Tupelo and Starkville areas. My friend, Lindsay Wilson, is going to do some weed walks this Spring, so that may help you if you can get to Starkville. Different herbalists take different approaches to herbalism. Some learn the art (and respectful process) of wildcrafting, and some choose to transfer plants a few at a time into their spaces and get to know them that way. Others combine those two methods, and then if we need something that we can’t get from another herbalist, we determine if something else will work, or we purchase it online. If you would like to know more about herbal happenings locally, you can keep up with us on Facebook or you can follow us on our email lists… Lindsay and Mandi’s website is http://sweetgumapoth.com/.

      • BluegrassHerbalist says:

        Thank you so much for the useful information:) However I still would like to ask one tiny little question….
        I have some fresh herbs that I would like to store for later use. However I don’t think they are fit for tea. I have read that drying this particular herb causes it to lose some of it’s medicinal effects. So I have been thinking to freeze them. Would this work? Is there a certain way to do it?

  20. Dana Tate says:

    Well it depends on what the plant is.Some do very well with freezing; however I would use them fairly quickly; mine tend to freezer burn within 6 months or so. But I may not be doing it correctly. LOL

  21. Michelle Morgan says:

    Quick question because my internet search is not coming up with much, I am trying to get my hands on some herbs, specifically these such ones: Alfalfa, Red clover leaves and blossoms, nettle, raspberry leaves, yarrow, oat straw, fennel seed, rose petals, hibiscus, and peppermint. Orange peel is needed for the recipe too but I figured that is something I can get at any of the grocery stores. I love in Tupelo/ Saltillo area. Any ideas on how to get herbs? I would hate to do mail order due to not being able to guarentee freshness but if it would fit into my budget I would. Thank you.

    • Dana Tate says:

      Hi Michelle. I understand. Unfortunately, unless we grow these herbs personally (which I encourage you to try if you can!) we have to resort to mail order around here; there aren’t any freshly dried herbs in any store around here that I’ve found.

      I purchase my dried herbs from mountainroseherbs.com and I have always been thrilled with their quality, or I have purchased from individual herbalists who grow or ethically wildharvest in their areas.

  22. bgh says:

    Hi, I am part Cherokee and have been interested in learning more about herbalism for myself and others, but can never seem to find anyone in my area. I enjoy your blog and hope to communicate with you :)

    Thank you,
    Hannah

  23. M.L. says:

    Thanks for having this blog. I am in Grenada and just beginning to explore all the wonderful plants we have here. I don’t do FB, so I will just have to keep check on your post here.

    Regards,
    M.L.

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