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Three Bone Tea Recipe

Three Bone Tea Recipe

Although the name implies some of the ingredients in this tea could be bones, the truth is the primary ingredients are three bone-healing herbs. Boneset and comfrey have special affinity for healing bones while nettle is chock full of the nutrients bones need to grow. Together, they make healing broken bones easier for bodies young […]

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Quick First Aid Spray

Quick First Aid Spray

Comfrey, Yarrow, and Lavender come together in this simple spritzer to make a powerful wound healing team. Lavender focuses on killing germs that lead to infections, including MRSA, staph, and funguses. Yarrow draws injured tissues together while driving out foreign matter of all types. Comfrey works to knit together the injured tissues, often leaving behind […]

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Herbal First Aid

Colic: Herbal First Aid

Colic: Herbal First Aid

Colic is the boogeyman of new parents. All caregivers fear it. Colic is not life threatening, but the thought of spending 3 to 6 months with a screaming newborn chills the blood. As a general rule, colic is very easy to detect. The colicky baby screams incessantly, turns red when crying, strains frequently as if […]

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Diaper Rash: Herbal First Aid

Diaper Rash: Herbal First Aid

Changing diapers is not a favorite part of any parent’s life but a bad case of diaper rash can turn this routine into a nightmare. A red bottom is the first sign of diaper rash. This irritation is the result of sitting too long in urine soaked diapers. It can worsen into open sores which […]

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Seed Season

Seed Season

April is the time of year when northern hemisphere gardeners sort through their treasure trove of seeds from last year to figure out which seeds they need to buy to replenish their stock for the gardening season. If you’re a typical gardener, some seeds have a longer shelf life than others. You can store them […]

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The Weed Calendar –  The Shoestring Herbalist

The Weed Calendar – The Shoestring Herbalist

It’s planting weather here in the Pacific Northwest. The soil temperature is rising. The sun struggles with rain clouds for dominance of the sky. While some people invest in expensive soil thermometers, the Shoestring Herbalist watches the weeds as a planting chart. One indicator of garden preparedness is the arrival of chickweed. Chickweed likes soil […]

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Tea Tree Oil: World Famous Antiseptic

Tea Tree Oil: World Famous Antiseptic

a.k.a.: Tea Tree, Ti Tree, Narrow-leafed Paperbark, Melaleuca alternifolia Tea Tree is a gift from Australia. It grows as a small, humble looking tree with distinctly fragrant leaves, but its use as an essential oil has caught the world’s attention. Tea Tree essential oil is a powerful antiseptic that knocks out even the most resilient […]

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Coffee – Slow Roasted Medicine

Coffee – Slow Roasted Medicine

Coffee – Slow Roasted Medicine

by Sue Sierralupe and Candace Hunter

AKA java, joe, mud, insomnia in a cup, ( and many more nicknames), Coffea species

A warm cup of Joe in the morning is not usually what a usually sipped with herbal medicine in mind but no one will tell you that it doesn’t have an effect on the body. Coffee is full of stimulants that when properly placed, provides a remedy for common health problems. The caffeine in coffee can help with more than just getting you out of bed in the morning. It helps ease bronchial conditions, relax migraines, regulates elimination and stimulates the nerves. Properly applied, coffee is just what the doctor ordered.

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Strawberry is in!

Strawberry is in!

The Practical Herbalist and Practical Herbalist Press are pleased to announce we’ve published our first Kindle ebook on Amazon. Strawberry: A Wealth of Healing in One Sweet Tasty Package by Candace Hunter and Sue Sierralupé is now available. Get Your First Herbal Folio from Practical Herbalist Press Strawberry: A Wealth of Healing in One Sweet […]

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The Practical Herbalist’s Suggested Internet Rescources

The Practical Herbalist’s Suggested Internet Rescources

The internet offers a lot of information on herbs and homesteading. Some of it is helpful. Some of it’s not. Some of it is just downright weird. We’ve been sifting through the internet to bring you reliable and practical information. This list is subject to change at any time. If you have a suggestion, feel […]

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Herbal Aphrodisiacs, Seriously?

Herbal Aphrodisiacs, Seriously?

The term aphrodisiac is tossed around a great during the loving month of February. Valentine’s Day is the real culprit here. For some herbalists, the month of hearts and flowers means fiddling around with plant chemistry. We at the Practical Herbalist were curious. Can herbs really alter human libido? Most herbs sold as aphrodisiacs fall […]

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Practical Herbalist Mushroom Trip (Beginner Tips Included)

Practical Herbalist Mushroom Trip (Beginner Tips Included)

This year is a good year for mushrooms and the Practical Herbalist team found a gold mine. The prized nuggets we pulled from the good earth were in the form of chanterelles. Heavy rains soaked our little valley for weeks this fall. This is bad news for grapes and late season tomatoes but excellent news […]

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