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Are you interested in maintaining an excellent state of health? Do you want to eliminate all harmful toxins from your body? If you have answered with yes to either one of these two questions, you should keep on reading. In the paragraphs below, you will be able to find some herbs that have genuine detoxifying […]Read more »
Elder (Sambucus canadensis, s.nigra), known as the “people’s medicine chest”, is one of my favorite allies. In my backyard “elder forest” they grow as something between a bush and small trees at a height of 10-13 feet. In June, I use elderflowers in delicious edible and medicinal preparations, but leave plenty of flower umbrels to […]Read more »
Arthritis can be an excruciating experience for many people, both young and old. You know you have this debilitating disease when you have aching inflammation and an inflexibility of your joints. Pain in the joint can include any part of the joint itself; ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and muscle. Studies show that almost 40 million people […]Read more »
Proper skin care is an important subject for a lot of women, especially once they have reached a certain age. They are looking to maintain the healthy, youthful-appearance of the skin, keeping wrinkles and other signs of aging at a safe distance. If you are interested in enjoying a glowing, imperfection free complexion as well, […]Read more »
Apothecary museums featuring herbal remedies, such as the Stabler-Leadbeater in Alexandria,VA , are near and dear to my herbal heart. I hope you enjoy their apothecary video tour and find it as fascinating as I do. My father was a pharmacist of 50 years (from 1930’s to 1970’s). Before the advent of over-the-counter commercial products, […]Read more »
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) All mints (Lamiaceae or Labiatae, as they were formerly called) have three features in common: square stems, rolling the stem between the fingers to feel the four sides opposite leaves—each pair of leaves emerges from the same level, on opposite sides of the stem “lipped” flowers—blossoms shaped like open mouths, the upper […]Read more »
Driving through the Flint Hills, the smoke from Spring prairie burns is thick and lingering. The foggy haze engulfs Kansas this time of year, coupled with dry condition wildfires and wind. Our respiratory systems become under assault with this noxious stimulant and can trigger allergic type reactions, irritation and damage to sensitive mucosa. Coughing, bronchial […]Read more »
Do you like turmeric? Have you ever had it in milk? I will share a delicious recipe with you momentarily right after I tell you about some of the amazing health benefits! Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is that orangey root that looks similar to ginger and stains everything yellow. Mustard contains turmeric and you know mustard…it […]Read more »
Doesn’t that title make your mouth water? Calendula & Dandelion Egg Muffins. Or actually egg cups because when you think of muffins, you think bready. These are gluten free, grain free and pure deliciousness!! Before I get to the recipe, here is a blurb about each herb that I used. 🙂 Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is growing […]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 »