Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline

Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline #72

    I was in San Francisco today, doing my weekly walk from the Mission to the post office to Maximum Rock-n-Roll and I was mentally starting this column in my head. It was a gorgeous HOT day here in the Bay Area...the kind that we usually only get in October. A rare and wonderful thing. During my walk, I kept track of all the medicinal/edible plants that I encountered along the way. Here’s what I saw: rosemary, lavender, mullein, nasturtium, fennel, sage, calendula, gingko, red raspberry, mint, dandelion, honeysuckle and eucalyptus.

Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline #71

Today I went see Vitamin X and the Fleshies in Chloe’s garage and I think that it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen in San Francisco.  All the charm and energy of a rad midwest basement show, a fun pit that had everyone bumping into the garage door with smiles on their faces and an incredible view of the Bay between bands.  A great combo...scenic punk rock!

Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline #69

I’ve been touring with bands for the past seven years and since I spend a good portion of my life on the road, I figured that I should devote a little bit of writing to one of the most common tour ailments...the sore throat.  The trick is to recognize the symptoms before it gets bad.  Often,  people will ask for an herbal remedy once they are already feeling really shitty and I can’t help them (I’m not an herbalist, I just truly love learning how plants can help heal us) because most of my knowledge is about preventative care.  Basically, if you treat y

Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline #70

    I’m having a hard time on this column...technically, it’s winter, but living in California tends to give me a very skewed outlook on the seasons these days. It’s kinda difficult to get all wrapped up in winter illnesses when the grass is green and the flowers are blooming. Here are a few of my personal favorites for possibly preventing colds/flu and trying to stay in tip top immunity shape.
Curl up with a good book...

Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline #68

    I love summer in California...the sky is always blue, warm/hot days, mild nights and no mosquitoes. So what if we don’t have enough electricity?! Then again, summer is just plain great wherever you happen to be...and I’ve got a few tasty herbal beverages that will quench your thirst and nourish you at the same time.
The Herbs...

Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline #66

I've been back from tour (What Happens Next? in Japan and Citizen Fish in the states) for about two weeks now and finally feel fairly settled again.  It's winterish out here (rainy, 40's, dark by 5pm) in  Oakland...although considering what the rest of the country has been going through weather-wise, i'm not going to complain!  I started drinking coffee again during my travels and am now kicking myself for it...I love the aroma, taste and hyperness but I can definitely feel the toll it has taken on my immune system's preparedness for winter.

Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline #65

    I hate going to the doctor’s office...consequently, I have spent the last few years trying to learn how to cure myself herbally when minor ailments arise.  Recently (for example) I found myself dealing with eyes full of pus and mucus.  YEEECH.  I was pretty concerned until I grabbed my copy of Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James and Phyllis Balch  and found that there was actually a section specifically for dealing with mucus in the eyes.  With much relief I embarked on the following treatment and those disgusting, never-ending str

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