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When Dr. Samuel W. Torrey of Beverly, Massachusetts, died in 1917, his obituary spoke of his reputation as a “skillful surgeon, a sound and searching diagnostician, and a wise counselor and devoted friend in general practice.” Becoming deaf as a young man had not prevented him from receiving a degree from the University of Vermont, serving […]Read more »
Did you also know Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) is a lovely medicinal aid? Long used in Chinese traditional medicine, it was primarily for “yin” deficiencies where there was dehydration or lack of fluid due to too much heat in the system. Western herbalist, Matthew Wood in his book, The Earthwise Herbal , offers a very insightful look […]Read more »
The voluptuous violet of spring is such a welcome sight not just in the forest but it is popping up everywhere! For example in mythology, one of the earliest tales of the Greeks told how Ajax slew himself over a cowardly act and where he died leaving drops of blood, violets are said to […]Read more »
Richard Toler – Age 100 • Alabama WHAT DOES MUSTARD have to do with pneumonia? Many people may not know. But the two of us can still remember the pungent smell of the mustard plasters our grandmother prepared and put on our father’s chest to cure him of pneumonia. We can also recall the foul […]Read more »
Along with the beauty of snow-glistened trees and the festivity of holiday parties, winter also brings the onset of more colds, flu, sore throats and other ailments. Stocking our homes with time-tested, tried-and-true homemade remedies (and potent preventives) is a smart solution. These winter favorites come straight from Grandma’s cupboard—from medicinal syrups and vinegars to […]Read more »
By Linda Conroy www.moonwiseherbs.com www.midwestwomensherbal.com A couple of years ago I witnessed a woman express irritation at being called a lady. She was reacting to the idea of being considered an aristocrat the elitist connotations she associated with this term. As I listened I asked myself whether or not I took offense to this term. […]Read more »
My passion has always been health, wellness and just taking care of myself, in general. This began for me, as a child, when I was a daily witness to chain-smoking grandparents and most of their children (excluding my parents, thank goodness). The house I called my second home always had the faint odor of Marlboro […]Read more »
Essential oils make creating healthy scents simple. Whether in a body spray, bath oil or bath salts, essential oils smell wonderful and can help us feel calm, energetic or warmed. One of the simplest ways to use essential oils is in a mist that can be used as a light body spray or an aromatherapy […]Read more »
The other night I dreamed of the holly bush. If you are a plant person, dreaming about plants is not so very unusual. I have often had dreams with plants or trees as the background to my imagining but this time, the holly bush was front and center. I have no holly growing in my […]Read more »
I was rummaging through some of my children’s old draft letters to Santa and I began to wonder which of my favorite herbs would be on Santa’s naughty or nice list? Dear Santa, I want to register a complaint about my placement on the naughty list. For years now, chamomile, rose and yarrow keep telling you […]Read more »