A Pioneer Dies

Bill Brevoort, Chinese Herb Pioneer, Dies at 75

Bill Brevoort

AUSTIN, Texas (August 1, 2017.) — Iconic Chinese medicinal herb pioneer Bill Brevoort, 75, passed away at his home in Kona, Hawaii, on July 28. He had been recently diagnosed with metastatic melanoma.

Bill was a truly remarkable man — intelligent, intrepid, focused, and highly spiritual.

He and his wife Peggy founded East Earth Herb in 1971, the first company to educate and market to the natural food community about the healing and vitality-empowering aspects of traditional Chinese herbs.

The East Earth Herb booth was a popular location at many natural food trade shows and alternative medicine conferences in the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, where Bill would often listen to a person’s pulse, look at their tongue, and frequently perk them up with one of his special blends of Chinese herbal tonic elixirs, teas, and other creatively blended formulations. East Earth’s “Dragon Eggs” line of Chinese herbs was most likely the first American-made line of Chinese herbal formulas.


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Headache Remedy

I’m doing a lesson in my DIY Herbal Apothecary class. Today is about Headache Remedies.


Here’s a quick win for headache relief.

You’ll need a 10 ml roller ball bottle.


6 drops of peppermint essential oil

6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

4 drops of rosemary essential oil

3 drops of lavender essential oil

Olive oil to fill the container


Place the drops of essential oil into the roller ball bottle. Fill with olive oil to the shoulders of the bottle. Place the roller ball in the neck of the bottle. Cap tightly. Shake the bottle gently to distribute the essential oil.

Note: If you are sensitive to lavender, sweet marjoram essential oil can be used in place of the lavender essential oil for the same effect.

To use:

Apply the roller ball applicator to the temples to relieve headache fast.


For more follow this link.  I like this class although some of the recipes I’ll have to do later when I have the time and money.

I consider this a needed preparedness skill. Herbal Remedies can be used any time

New Herbal Books

I found a new website to buy discounted books, Thrift Books. They have a variety of books both in paperback and hardback. I found these deals for $3-$4.

My order was:

  • Peterson Field Guides: Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants by Steven Foster/James A. Duke
  • Using Wild and Wayside Plants by Nelson Coon
  • Edible and Useful Wild Plants of the United States and Canada by Charles Francis Saunders
  • Wild Harvest: An Outdoorsman’s Guide to Edible Wild Plants in North America by Alyson Hart Knap

I’m always on the lookout for good books to add to my library. I can’t wait to read and learn from these new additions.

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Herbal Materia Medica Course

I have started taking a free Herbal Course from The Herbal Academy. It will teach me how to create my own Herbal Materia Medica Book.
–excerpt from Lesson One:
“One of our favorite ways to keep the spark of excitement for our herbal studies is by working on our materia medica. It gives us the opportunity to connect with individual herbs through in-depth study, and to organize what we are learning into plant monographs for future reference. If you haven’t started a materia medica of your own, we highly recommend it as a way to inspire and deepen your herbal knowledge. In support of this process, we have created this Herbal Materia Medica Course to help you create (or add to) your own materia medica!
Materia medica is a Latin term that means “healing materials.” More specifically, in herbalism, a materia medica is a body of knowledge that describes how plants have been used therapeutically. Materia medicas have been recorded and published throughout history, and include both ancient and modern tomes rich with information. Studying both recent and historical materia medicas can be a fascinating way to see how historical herbal traditions have informed modern ones, teasing out the link between new scientific research and modern practice and ancient knowledge and folk tradition.
This course will teach you how to create plant monographs and build your materia medica. By the end of this course:

  • You will know how to study a plant, how to find resources to support your studies, how to interact with a plant to gain first-hand experience with some of its characteristics, and how to evaluate scientific research on plants.
  • You will learn how to research a plant’s names, botany, harvesting guidelines, active constituents, actions, uses, taste and energetics, safety, and herb-drug interactions.
  • You will learn what a plant’s history, habitat, and growing requirements are, informing your understanding of what a plant needs and how you can become a caretaker, even if you aren’t growing the plant yourself.
  • You will gain an introduction to integrating a plant into your life to support wellness by learning about its properties and characteristics.
  • You will have a list of many resources—our favorite books and websites—for your further study of plants and development of your materia medica.
  • You will have several pages completed in your materia medica using our beautiful downloadable pages or our bound Materia Medica Journal!”

I am going to start mine by learning about some plants already growing in my garden. The class said to pick 5 to start with. Mine are:

  • plantain/dock (narrow leaf)
  • marshmallow
  • st john’s wort
  • lamb’s ear
  • florida betony

I will keep you up to date on my weekly learning here. The logo below is a link to this course and others offered.

Herbal AcademyWebsite Link