This morning, at 4.45am almost three hours before I normally get out of bed, I was woken from a great deep sleep to the sound of glass crashing.  The crash was from two very nice wine glasses, that we received as wedding gifts, one of my cats knocked over.  I couldn’t go back to sleep.  […]

A Revealing Look at Why I Became an Herbalist (or How Herbs Found Me)

This is in part a candid disclosure of how I came to be where I am now, how I decided to become an herbalist and also a bit of a love letter to my school: East West School of Herbology. Thanks to East West, I have learned about how I’ve come to be as I […]

Common Culinary Herbs – Energetics

What are some herbs that you think of that make you feel warmer?  I think of garlic, cinnamon, citrus peels, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.  What about herbs that make you feel cooler?  Lavender, peppermint, basil, cilantro?  Below is a chart with common herbs/foods that are used in the kitchen for you to refer to.  […]

Your Constitution and Food

Now that we know a little bit about your Yin/Yang Constitution, and some about the energetics of food, let’s start to put the two together! A person who has the tendency to be very Yin is vegetarian bordering on vegan*, eats a lot of raw veggies, loves fruit juices and smoothies, drinks lots of ice […]

Food Energetics Introduction

What does an energetically balanced diet look like?  It is slightly different for everyone, as each of us is unique, but the basis of an energetically balanced diet is rooted in foods with neutral, neutral-cool, and neutral-warm energies.  Below is a list of foods and their example energies from my herb coursebook.  Yin Neutral Yang […]

Yin/Yang Constitiution and Food

My name is Pamela Shaw, I’m an apprentice-herbalist and also attending East West School of Herbology to become a certified professional herbalist. My studies focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda, and Western herbalism methods of assessment and treatment to help bring the body back to health and balance. This week we’ll be talking about […]

Post-Thanksgiving Thanks

My husband and I hosted our very own Thanksgiving meal this year.  We’ve been together for over 11 years, been living together for a while, and married two and a half years.  We’ve never had our own holiday aside from our late honeymoon in Paris last year. Unfortunately, my husband fell ill with food poisoning […]

Water Filters

I live in Brooklyn.  I drink NYC municipal tap water. This is the third city water I’ve been subjected to (see:  Albuquerque, and Providence.)  It is not the same as the well water that I grew up on in the Lower Hudson Valley, hard delicious water rich in minerals and very clean tasting.  While taste […]

Herb School

I’ve been “going to” East West School of Herbology for just over a year now.  It is a self-study, distance-learning course where you pay for either the home or professional course, have all of your materials sent to you, then you are responsible for turning in assignments/projects based on your own schedule.  Needless to say, […]


This is a blog that doesn’t have a clearly defined scope, isn’t “about” anything in particular, is all-encompassing, free.  That’s what this blog is going to be.  It will cover everything from my herbal studies at East West Herb School, to my art, cooking, baking, tattooing, traveling, you name it.