Yarrow and Indigenous Medicine Perspectives

Yarrow FlowerYarrow – Achillea millefolia (Asteracea) is a great plant ally. Seen here is a photo of yarrow in flower. This plant is commonly worked with as a tea, in a salve, or tincture. A tea or tincture of yarrow is good for cold and flu and heats up the body to induce sweating. It’s also famous as an antiparasitic tea or tincture.

A salve of yarrow has been long worked with topically for wound healing by increasing the speed of healing wounds, reducing scarring, and keeping out infection. In clinical studies it has been shown to regrow the epithelial tissue of skin, confirming what the ancient traditions have already been saying without subjecting rats to torture, or spending millions of dollars.

As a styptic and coagulant, the leaf can be broken up and directly applied to a cut, although it will burn. In the herbal tradition, yarrow and comfrey together combine to hasten wound healing wonderfully; comfrey healing the internal skin layers, and yarrow healing the outer layers. In clinical


With many plants in the aster family, including yarrow it is important to harvest what are called the “flowering tops”; this means stem, leaf, and flowers harvested a few inches up so that the plant can still reproduce itself and go to seed. (Seen Below)

Yarrow flowering tops border

Another great way to work with yarrow is for every time anyone would use hand sanitizer. Instead, you could use fresh yarrow leaf and rub it into your hands. It’s also a great bug repellent too when rubbed on the skin. Chemically this is because those smells are of course plant-chemicals and those chemicals are made by the plant to repel bugs from eating their own bodies, notice how no bugs eat yarrow.

Yarrow Leaf borderRemember, when foraging around, it is best to harvest no more than 30% of what you find in any given area. Harvest sustainably and with care always. Check out my video series on yarrow medicine making and much more at www.returntonature.us

Here are 2 videos on foraging and identifying yarrow, and indigenous medicine perspective of plant-sense-meditations.



Foraging for Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) – Return to Nature – Pt 1

Here is a video discussing ways to work with yarrow to tap into our innate indigenous awareness that has built our brains and bodies.

Yarrow and Indigenous Medicine Perspectives – Return to Nature – Pt. 2


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Foraging Fun @ Princeton, NJ

Happy June!

The Foraging fun continues this weekend in Princeton, NJ!

Saturday – Family Foraging Class 
Sunday – Foraging for Food and Medicine

RSVP for meeting location: Dan@Returntonature.us


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Herbal Q+A with Dandelion – April 2015 Webinar Recording

Heres class 2 of a live monthly series entitled “Herbal Q+A with Dandelion.” Each month join Dan for a monthly Return to Nature webcast “herbal Q+A” on the 4th Wednesday of each month – If you would like to attend, email Dan@ReturntoNature.us to RSVP for the class and receive info on how to join in.

You can email your questions, or post them here in the event forum seen here – https://www.facebook.com/events/877857318947205

Some ideas for questions can be about herbs, healing, and foraging, plants, remedies, making herbal goodies, fermentation, kombucha, nature, and yoga philosophy (to name a few).

If you appreciate these classes, there is a $15 suggested donation through paypal which you can send to Dan@Returntonature.us – From there we will send you the link and info for the class.


Check out more interviews with Dan here

These webinars are an educational service Return to Nature provides and is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any specific illnesses or ailments. All information provided during the consultation should not be construed as medical advice. Please consult a licensed healthcare practitioner for medical problems.

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Monthly Return to Nature webcast “Herbal Q+A”

Each month join Dan for a monthly Return to Nature webcast “herbal Q+A” on the 4th Wednesday of each month using Skype – If you would like to attend, email Dan@ReturntoNature.us to RSVP for the class and receive info on how to join in.

You can also email your questions to Dan@Returntonature.us, or post them in the event forum on FB seen here – https://www.facebook.com/events/877857318947205

interviewSome ideas for questions can be about herbs, healing, and foraging, plants, remedies, making herbal goodies, fermentation, kombucha, nature, and yoga philosophy (to name a few).

For the class, there is a $15 suggested donation through paypal which you can send to Dan@Returntonature.us – From there we will send you the link and info for the class.

All attendees or those who cannot attend live but wish to donate will also receive the play back of the file.

Check out interviews with Dan here!

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Teasel Magic and Lyme spirochetes

Teasel 1

Teasel, (Dipsacus spp.) is truly a magical root in the Dipsacacea family. Work with this plant goes back countless generations, as it has always been revered as a medicinal plant. There are many stories about it’s place in folklore as a powerful magic plant.

teasel 2 Teasel as a medicinal, has a long working history in the ancient medicine traditions (TCM and Ayurveda) as a herb against inflammatory issues, pain, and conditions of stagnation , which is largely some of the main symptoms reported with Lyme, as the lyme spirochetes and other co-infection cause a great deal of pain and inflammation in the system as it finds it’s way into the cartilage and fatty tissues.

In current herbal practice there is talk that teasel is being worked with in formulas along with herbs against Lyme and other tick borne illness. Usually as an adjunct to address Lyme symptoms, and not to kill the spirochetes directly. Within that discussion there are also some within the community if teasel is indeed anti-spirochetal (Kills lyme bacteria directly) or not.

It is important to reinstate that even if it is the case that teasel (or other herbs) kill spirochetes directly, there is still a complex host of other needed fictions within Lyme treatment, such as mediating herxheimer reactions/opening lymph system/tonifying liver, etc…

We have now documented approximately 25 different tick borne diseases and there is going to be no one herb answer out there.

Teasel a great herb which adds to the list of so called “invasives” on the front line of the Lyme epidemic.
In regards to teasel being anti-spirochete Long time herbalist Matthew Wood recently mentioned, “I have long believed (no proof) that teasel warms up the muscles, joints, and tissues mildly to expel the spirochetes into the bloodstream so the body can kill them. That would require a mild increase in body temperature, circulation, and pulse, and I have not observed this, so that may be wrong. If that theory wrong then, I think some other factor drives the spirochetes into the bloodstream. There can be a severe die-off.”

teasel 5During my travels this previous weekend, I harvested these plant with prayer and thanks from a friends farm in Sussex, NJ. I plan to tincture these special and strong smelling roots to add to my own healing formulas against lyme.

Blessed wanderings,



More herbal education at www.returntonature.us

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Pine Pollen and Allergies

pine pollen borderDid you know that pine pollen contains beneficial amino acids, and was used as a flour supplement by native peoples?

Evergreen pollens are incredibly nutritive as well as contain phyto-androgen; plant testosterone that helps males build muscle, strengthen their immune function, and also maintain hormonal health.

Pollen allergies: Now a days we moderns are all allergic to pollen, but as I often ask in my classes; has plant diversity gone down? Yet allergies are on the rise? That is a broken math equation. This means that indeed what is changing in the environment is humans ability to have exposure and develop immunity. Think of all the indoor filtration and synthetic chemicals we are/have been bombarded with. In the idea of a quick fix for allergies, which is nothing but taking away symptoms, what is not being talked about enough is the very fundamental practice and theory that is behind flu (and all) vaccinations; consume the plant which gives allergies in greater and greater dosage until you build the immune adaptations for not being allergic.

pine pollen border 5We are in fact constantly training immune function by exposure or in many cases in modern times; the lack of exposure. This is entirely how the immune function works in all counts, including the theory of vaccinations. By starting off the season at least 2 weeks in advance eating raw local honey (not cooked honey bear-which is mostly high fructose corn syrup) and consuming the plant parts which produce pollen in gradually increasing doses you reduce your immune systems need for an over reaction and build the capacity to desensitize to the pollen.

Anti Allergic Nettle Tea: On top of that adding stinging nettle tea with raw honey and lemon to your regiment, avoiding processed foods, eating as well as you can and avoiding hiding out in filtered air conditioner all year helps the body adapt and become aquatinted with the natural cycles.

Nettle Tea: 

Simmer 4 cups of water.

Add in 1/2 to 1 cup dried nettles

Cover with lid and simmer for 10 minutes, then turn off heat and leave sit 5-10 minutes.

Strain and add 1/2 lemon, raw honey, and a pinch of cayenne.

I drink about 3 cups a day during allergy season for best results.

pine harvest borderAn Allergy- Causing Travesty: 

Take a moment to consider how mowing a lawn essentially chops and blows all of the pollen containing plants into micro particles that then get entirely blown up into the air. large amounts of the clippings also get blown around by leaf blowers in just about every neighborhood through mowing and landscaping companies.

To add to that, the chemicals, such as round up and synthetic fertilizers, sprayed on people’s lawns are also catching a ride on that human created wind storm after the lawns are chopped into fine powders and blown into the air. That’s a great recipe for lowered immune function and at the very least allergies; consider young people breathing this. Only you can prevent OCMD (obsessive compulsive mowing disorder).

And remember, dose yourself with the pollen that makes you sneeze!

Dandelion www.returntonature.us

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Return to Nature on Evolve Quest Radio – Survivalism & Food Foraging w/ Dan De Lion

Last night I got a chance to share the workings and philosophy of Return to Nature. Check out the recording here. Click below to listen to the interview…

Return to Nature – Survivalism & Food Foraging w/ Dan De Lion

Topics which were discussed include:

-Dans background and upbringing
– Survivalism
– Food Foraging
– Human connection to nature
– the Spiritual Side of Connecting to Mother Earth
– Dans influences on the journey

Check out more podcast and radio interviews with Dan here

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Earth Day: 11 Steps to Make a Difference

Ok friends, its earth day: listen, call it what you want, the earth is going to have upheavals against the humans if we don’t learn to integrate technology into biological systems, reinvent the paradigm with ethics before politics. we as a species have to accelerate our rate of change if we dont want to crash our grandchildren into an unworkable system. We are in a crisis and we have to find our own ways out – Water issues, do you see them in california and all over the world? Earth issues: fracking being linked to causing more earth quakes all around the world. Fish are leaving the planet, the black rhino is extinct now. Its time to release resistance to transformation. Our politicians will not help us, we are on our own. we are a family, and a community, and it is time to gather our resources together to learn to vote with our dollars, empower the most ethical systems you can see, and kickstart the new paradigm through open source development of the best ideas we can come up with to avoid hitting the wall, we dont have to. but its up to us. Vote with your dollar, sink corporations that you dont resonate with, that are doing practices which are causing you and your future generations disastrous harm, We have the potential to now #kickstart fund a new president/leader/organizers/boards grow as much of your own food that you can, join a #csa, learn ethical (not taking only) #foraging practices, learn #permaculture, learn #biodynamic practices, #primitive skills, #meditation #ecology #mycoremediation #bioremediation #prayercircles #vigils #ritesofpassage #makedocumentaries #overgrowthesystem #makeanewparadigm – become a local business or a #nonprofit, #barter #trade #timebank localize the economy, become part of the change today. #lovealways #dandelion The choice is in YOUR (our) HANDS AND HEART! We need all the good ideas we can get. #culturejam it

Here are just few things you can do every day to connect and to help reduce greenhouse gases and make a less harmful impact on the environment. Of course, there are many other ways you can be a responsible citizen of this planet.

  1. Take at least 200 steps per day outside– Sometimes getting out of the house and walking, or riding a bike, not only burns the calories but helps you to connect. We live in a beautiful world. Stepping outside into the nature, we connect to the vibrations of the trees, of the grass, of everything that lives and breathes around us.  Taking those steps each day, cultivate an energy of gratitude and connection to your presence as a being here at this particular time and space.
  2. Reduce plastic waste– Our oceans are polluted with plastic. Our landfills each year are filled with millions of pounds of plastic. It’s time we stop using plastic bags all together. You can help with this cause by investing in cloth bags and bringing them along to the store every time you shop for food. Same goes for using plastic bottles. It’s a huge industrial waste to produce the water bottle and trust me that water is really not that much better than your tap water at home. You can also put a filtering system on your tap. Invest in stainless steel canteen.
  3. Hug a tree– When was the last time you hugged a tree? We recommend that on your next walk to the park you try to hug a tree and feel its energy. The energy of trees changes our state of being. All things have electromagnetic frequencies which effect our mood and state of being.
  4. Walk barefoot– We are so preoccupied in our daily lives, running on the concrete pavement in our boots and shoes that we are completely disconnected from the ‘real ground’. So your next lunch break, go to the park, take off your shoes! Feel the energy of Mother Earth. It will slow you down and will get you to feel and see more with all your multi-senses..Hear the birds…Send love to the Mother Earth through your feet!
  5. Learn to compost food scraps–Think about how much trash you make in a year. Reducing the amount of solid waste you produce in a year means taking up less space. Composing makes a great natural fertilizer. It’s not as difficult as you think. You can compost outside (if you have space) or in bins indoors. Check out more info on composting at Planet Natural.
  6. Plant a tree– “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is right now.” Trees clean our air and create oxygen. This is a great way to compensate for the pollution of our environment. Check out your local organizations that have plant a tree events.
  7. Understand the difference between greywater and blackwater– In times of drought, recycled greywater is very useful. The flow of greywater from washing dishes or clothes can even be used to heat water for bathing, reducing energy use.  Blackwater is wastewater from toilets, while greywater is wastewater from sinks, dishwashers, bathtubs, and washing machines. Blackwater can only be recycled as fertilizer for plants, while recycled greywater can be used for irrigation, for flushing toilets, and for cleaning cars and floors.
  8. Increase biomass of plants to grow your own – When it comes to food, we need to be conscious of what we eat but also where the food is coming from. If you have space in your apartment, you can start growing some herbs and smalls veggies like peppers, cucumbers on your windowsills. If possible, choose to buy more local, organic and seasonal food in general. This will reduce unnecessary transportation ways, keep the environment cleaner and your body healthier. Moreover, it’s deeply satisfying to little by little ween yourself off of big corporations and support your local farmers.
  9. Learn to sprout –  Sprouting is a great and fun way to connect to your food. Moreover, sprouts do contain a varied and powerful battery of nutrients, rivaling citrus fruits in vitamin C and beef in protein, and surpassing almost any other known food source in completeness. If you can reach a supply of water twice daily, and if the temperature is within the range of comfort for human habitation there’s no place too small or remote for sprouting! You can spend between $5 and $25 to purchase sprouting apparatus that will successfully sprout most beans, but there are probably a dozen containers in your kitchen that will work equally well…


  1. Use environmental friendly cleaning/household products There are so many products for cleaning your house on the market, but many of them filled with toxins. Start paying attention to what you are buying at store, price difference is not significantly higher, or you can make your own products using essential oils and baking soda.
  2. Turn electricity OFF! –Whether those are lights or electronics when they are not being used, and definitely cell phone devices, let’s start be aware of the consumption of electricity and EMF waves they produce. A recent study from Sweden is particularly frightening, suggesting that if you started using a cell phone as a teen, you have a 5 times greater risk of brain cancer than those who started as an adult. And it appears that, more than a century after Thomas Edison switched on his first light bulb, the health consequences of that continual overlap are just now beginning to be documented.

All Love!

Dan de Lion & Dina Divine

(this article has been co-written by Dina Divine and Dan De Lion)


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Live Herbal Q+A – Wednesday, April 22

Hey friends! This Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 pm I’ll be giving another live webcast for herbal q+a – Suggested donation 15$ through paypal, all proceeds go to the Return to Nature mission of education and outreach of herbal and foraging life skills for all ages.

Please post your questions on the fb event invite, or email them in to Dan@Returntonature.us –  And let me know if you will be joining.

Much love, Dan


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