Join Us Live! This Saturday: “The Yoga of Herbalism”

Hey friends of the forest,

Join us in person at the Garden of Healing in New Brunswick, NJ this Saturday at 6:30 pm! Click below to check out the event on facebook:

The Yoga of Herbalism – Exploring Herbal Remedies for the Cold and Flu Season:

Online Viewer: Or sign up to view the class online through paypal. After we receive your payment we will email you simple instructions on how to join us live through a smartphone or any computer.


Price: $30 – Join Dan for a discussion on ayurvedic herbal principles and herbal approaches to apply for the cold and flu season for the whole family. In this class, each student will become empowered to explore the many, many applications and preparations for working with making and administering remedies for the whole family. Demystify aspects of the ancient lineage of herbal medicine and bring your questions!

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Chaga Tea and the Ethics of Wildcrafting

Heres a look at one of my favorite medicinal mushrooms, Chaga, or Inonotus obliquus. Of the several species in the Innotus genus, this is the one in which most is known about. 

Chaga comes predominantly off of yellow, and white birch (Betula spp) which are a source of aspirin like compounds. It is said that chaga helps to concentrate that complex chemistry into its own fruiting body.

Among many traditions, predominantly Russian, Asian, and within other eastern European tradition, Chaga tea is a world renown health beverage and is touted as one of the worlds foremost cancer healing substances. There is now much research to back some of these claims up.

Even among our modern culture, Chaga has and still remains very popular and within globalizing our “medicines” there are always some concerns about harvesting chaga in a regenerative way.

 One of the major concerns of extraction of this mushroom, as well as largely concerning the consumption of any/all raw mushrooms is a substance called chitin. Chitin is a carbohydrate chemical consisting of nitrogen containing polysaccharides. Polysaccharides are one of the most magical medicinal aspects of the medicinal mushrooms which oxygenate the blood and are shown clinically to destroy cancer cells. Chitin is a cellulose structure in polypore mushrooms like Chaga. Basically the more one grinds it the more the chemistry of Chaga can be released, and assimilated into the body. These are composed of different chains of polysaccharide to cellulose. Otherwise they are bound in the chitin structure which is also found as part of the shells of all arthropods, namely insects, Arachnids, and shellfish. 

Common examples of this hard cellular structure are the carapace of ants, as well as the shell of shrimp. Horse shoe crabs, molting animals. In other words, it’s a really hard, and indigestible substance. Similar to this is keratin, which is what our our hair and fingernails are made of. 

Chaga Tea: To make yourself chaga tea, it is recommended, on average to make 1 tsp Chaga powder in 1 c water, to simmer for at least 10-20 minutes. Other methods include longer decoctions that can even be made in a crock pot over night, or tincture, or double extraction. You can use a mortar and pestle to break the chaga down to smaller pieces, then use a coffee grinder to powder, it works great.

Chaga can be drank every day but caution to the awareness that we need to think holistically about sustainable harvesting, and what exactly that entails. Clearly, its likely that there is not enough chaga on this planet for our craze of such a medicine, and it is very difficult to understand the reproduction of chaga in ecosystems, let alone how long it takes for those ecosystems to climax to the point of harboring chaga.  It seems that the only true way to continue this medicine for generations to come is to protect old growth forest and to harvest responsibly. Responsibly may mean that, if you find one chaga, first look around, ask yourself are there others? If you find several, it is recommended to take no more than 30% of what you find. 

You can also check out my video below on identifying chaga highlighting identification aspects, ethical harvesting considerations, and aspects of its ecological signature, as well as medicinal and survival aspects of this wonderful mushroom.

For Further Studies and Research on the Medicinal Properties of Chaga:

Paul Stamets book Mycomedicinals

As an antioxidant :

Immunomodulating properties:

Anticancer actions of Chaga:

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“Yoga of Herbalism” Upcoming Class in New Brunswick, Jan 21

Join us Jan, 21 at the Garden of Healing in New Brunswick for a class entitled, “The Yoga of Herbalism: Exploring Herbal Remedies for Cold and Flu Season”

Price: $30 – Join Dan for a discussion on Ayurvedic herbal principles and herbal approaches to apply for the cold and flu season for the whole family. In this class, each student will become empowered to explore the many, many applications and preparations for working with making and administering remedies for the whole family. Demystify aspects of the ancient lineage of herbal medicine and bring your questions!

Check out the event on facebook here

About: Dan De Lion is an earth herbalist, forager, musician, and teacher. He teaches through Return to Nature, providing classes, lectures, and seminars on wild food foraging, mushroom identification, herbal medicine making, as well as primitive and survival skills with a focus on wild foods and forest medicines.

He also incorporates the philosophies of yoga, alchemy, meditation, and mysticism into his classes, lectures, and seminars and brings a deep-rooted indigenous medicine perspective of practicing intuition with plants, in a systematic and earth-based way

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Check out Dans article on working with herbs for Colds and Flu

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“Foragers Broadcast” Episode 28 – Check it out!

Hey friends of the forest,

Heres a new episode from my ongoing Foragers Broadcast series..

This one is entitled, “Plant Talk, Fairy Speak, and the Biological Influence of Plants.”


Check out all the episodes on my youtube channel: Returntonatureskills

Heres a look at the topics from this episode:

“All Plants Talk, Some Scream!”

In this episode of Foragers Broadcast, Dan briefly touches on the historical perspective of the concept of “purgatory” and the fairy realm.

He answers question on the preparation and use of Chaga, and discusses “Fairy Dynamics” and the plant-world connection.

He offers the possibility of a new paradigm and how it could manifest itself.

Dan introduces the cosmic “Mom&Dad” metaphor, and the externalization of the personal progress we truly seek. He touches on the collective Power of the People, and how all the spiritual masters of the past were influenced by nature as their “temple”.

A brief discussion breaks out on Amanita Muscaria use, and determining the proper set and setting, as well as the biological importance of the continuation of plant ingestion in growing synapses!

If you appreciate these talks, please help support by checking out the gofundme van plan project at:

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Herbal CSA Winter Herbal Package – On Sale Now!

Greetings Plant Friends from the elven herbal kitchen!

In celebration of the Winter season, Return to Nature is offering a limited-edition Winter Magic Herbal Goods Package and we still have a few left!

Each package is carefully and lovingly handmade to order with prayer and the healing power of plant magic!

The price is $57.00 (Includes $7 USPS priority mail shipping) and includes:
~ 4 oz. Raw Organic Dark Chocolate
~4 oz. Organic Elderberry Elixir
~9 oz. Winter Magic Tea Blend: Lovingly crafted for wintertime plant healing with Lemongrass, Rosehips, Elderberries, Cardamom, Ginger & Hibiscus.
~2 oz. Heal All Organic Herb Infused Salve

Limited packages are available…Don’t miss out on the magic!

For questions, suggestions or feedback, email us at

Love and Plant Blessings,

Dan de Lion & Lauren

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The Yoga of Plants Part 2 – “Plant Ritual and Mantra in Ayurveda” Webinar Intro:

The Yoga of Plants Part 2 – “Plant Ritual and Mantra in Ayurveda” Webinar Intro:

Join Dan online for an informative talk about the ritual and practice with herbs, both in ancient and modern times.

Here is a listen to the intro to the full 2 hour webinar (available below) that I taught which is available for purchase in full below.


In this class, Dan discusses aspects of making preparations of herbs and wild plants, shamanic and alchemical practice and tradition with plants, theories on the ancient vedic rite of soma, and mantra chanting as powerful incantation to build rituals relevant to healing in the modern world.

For the full class, there is a $15 suggested donation.

If you would like to hear more of the class, we have the full class available by suggested donation, the full class can be seen at:

The Yoga of Plants Part 2

Check out more at:

The Yoga of Plants Part 1

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Return to Nature Tshirts! Available NOW!


Phoenix Fire Tshirts!

Hey friends of the forest, we now have #Returntonature“phoenixfire” organic cotton tshirts in both green and white as rewards for donating to the gofundme foraging and herbalism traveling van school

To see them as part of the Foraging school check out – Or order through paypal below…

All proceeds and donations go toward building a roving foraging and herbalism school to continue the teaching efforts of Dan De Lion and Return to Nature.


If you have any questions, you can email

Check out lots more wonderful goods at the Herbal Apothecary

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Return to Nature Foragemobile Van Update – November 2016:



Return to Nature Foragemobile Van Update – November 2016:

Blessings brothers and sisters!

Heres an update from my progress with crowd funding for a Foraging and Herbalism School on Wheels.

This past few weeks, I have been so inundated with sharing the story of Standing Rock, and the political turmoil that I have been deeply medicine questing. After counseling and questing deeply with my ancestors and guides as to the next steps with the van crowd funding it is again time to make the push for the continued need for a Foraging and Herbalism school on wheels.


Van Plan: A few nights ago, luckily right when I got to where I was staying, my transmission of my old trusty car has blown and another 300$ to fix it. This means that indeed it is time to rise out of the limits of this old trusty vehicle and manifest a van and take this work and service much deeper.

Thanks to your donations, I currently have enough for the van I am looking at (around $6,000) but not enough for the repairs it will require, which will probably amount to an extra $2,000. Along with customizing for shelving and putting a solar panel on the roof for charging electric devices (laptop, phone, headlamp) the amount of 11,111 should be sufficient to make it happen.


vanI am currently looking at a 1991 Chevy G 20, which I will be visiting while on tour in Pennsylvania this November, and I will be updating you all to see. To truly choose the right vehicle with all of the different factors has taken a lot of research and also takes a deep surrender of trust and hope, and that the correct choices are being made. I am definitely open to suggestions from you, that are practical.


Travels to Standing Rock: Amidst all the chaos and confusion of the day of the mass arrests a few weeks back, in a trance like state, I saw a vision of a unified ritual being born that can be taught and protected by the religious freedoms act. And, that the next phase of this movement will be an even deeper manifestation of demonstrating prayer/religion with everyone doing something together. That this indeed was the key in to the invocation of the ancestors. In this flu like state, I could not stop seeing all that was happening in rapid fire pace, I was seeing above the camp at everyone working, and the tipis, and elders. And I was shown deeply, that the religious freedoms restoration act of 1993 is indeed the key into our new world. That “demonstrating prayer” is very different than protesting. That the new ways will be in developing sacred but simple rituals which are inclusive, and do not project dogma; the manifestation of the aquarian revolution. I want to take these discussions to the people, to the elders there.


bakken-proposalDuring those few days, I have been shown the next steps, and they include that my first journey in the foraging van will be traveling to standing rock this December to bring much needed supplies, and to webcast the story and journey to you all with the ability to take your questions to the people there. So with your donations, I will be using this van to develop and gather a supply chain with our community and deliver them in collaboration with the herbal action network and other groups to take items and donations from you all who want to support but cannot go.

While the chance of arrest there is possible, the vision I hold for going there of course is of non-provocation, and non-violence, and to work first aid and to discuss with the elders and inquire on the visions I have seen this past week.

Along with your donation, 11% of Novembers proceeds for the foragemobile van fund will go to the Standing Rock efforts.


I want you all to know that I see this crowd funding project as an investment for all of our work raising this green revolution, and will dedicate my life teaching green skills and share all of the valuable survival and sustainability skills that I can along the way. It is time to seek, document, and share the medicine ways of this land in a deeper way, to interview key visionaries of this culture, and to use our technological resources in service to the awakening of our human purpose. Know that this is what your donations help to thrive. These are the votes that run through our hard earned dollars as we all learn to vote with our money.


returntonature-foragemobileDonations: Please consider that any donation helps this mission thrive, and we are almost to the goal! Remember, if you appreciate the continued work I share through both the Return to Nature website, Instagram, youtube, and several facebook pages, I ask you to help this mission grow and continue to have the financial and energetic support that it needs. For all our relations.


Please visit and donate, and/or share this link.

You can also paypal any amount to which will be updated to the crowd funding site. Also, check out all of the rewards and incentives I posted on the gofundme site; including tinctures, herbal tea blends, raw chocolates, and organic cotton tshirts, as well as mentorship options.


I appreciate you all.


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New Podcast Interview with Dan De Lion on The Bridge

Hey friends,

Heres a listen to the most recent podcast discussing aspects of herbalism, foraging, cultural transformation, and ideas about what we can all do to support the #noDAPL pipeline protest at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.

“In the second hour, Dan and Kira discuss the need for a Green Revolution or a Green New Deal to solve a number of challenges we currently face, including environmental destruction, loss of biodiversity, autoimmune disease and cancer. You can find more information and instruction regarding: fermenting food, foraging, plant identification, herbalism and mushrooms at:Return to Nature

Check out the full podcast at:

The Bridge with Kira featuring Unpa Numpa & Dan DeLion


Also, check out lots more podcasts with Dan at: Podcast Interviews

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Foragers Broadcast – Episode 14 – Foraging Class Live Webcast:

 Hey friends, Heres a look from last Saturdays class where we broadcasted the intro the class live on the Return To Nature facebook page. Click and like our FB page to see more live classes, coming soon!

If you appreciate this work, and want to see it keep thriving, please help by donating any amount to my Foraging Apothecary Van campaign:

Or by paypal to – All donations ensure that this work can continue to thrive and grow, and that I can continue to teach the ways to Return to Nature.


Plant love,

Dan de Lion

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