Author Archives: Michelle and Vita Adventures

Rocky Mountains: Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants part 1

A few weeks ago I moved to Steamboat Springs, CO, and overnight my world changed. I went from temperate, shady Washington, where everything is damp, green, and lush… to the Rocky Mountains, where nearly every day in this alpine environment … Continue reading

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Making Mead with Wild Yeasts

I love experimenting with fermentation… and I especially love experimenting with using the wild yeasts already present in the air. Trying to ferment with wild yeasts really is an experiment every time because you never quite know how it is … Continue reading

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Herbal Body Care: Hair Rinses

Believe it or not, I do not use any soapy shampoo or conditioners, and my hair is not a gigantic knotty grease-ball. I am also able to manage scalp inflammation and a cracked, flaky, psoriatic scalp by using herbs. First … Continue reading

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Herbal Body Care: Mouth Care

I like having a clean mouth, even when I’m in the woods! But when I say clean, I don’t mean soap-n-suds clean, like you might get with regular toothpaste… so use the following tips n’ tricks to help your mouth stay … Continue reading

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Herbal Body Care: Vaginal Health

Hello All, The other day I got to sit down with some of the folks from Alderleaf Wilderness College and talk about using medicinal herbs to care for your body. This post is basically a reiteration of that discussion for … Continue reading

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The Gifts of Stinging Nettle

Hey All! I wanted to take some time to talk about the wonderful gifts of the plant Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) , which is very abundant here in the Pacific Northwest (CA north to AK).You can find them moist, shady places, … Continue reading

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Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed???

Being the dirtbag, raft guide, wilderness kid that I am, I generally have a variety of sleeping situations set up at any given time.  When I am raft guiding in Leavenworth, on the eastside of the mountains I have a … Continue reading

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