This simple echinacea supplement blend offers a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals to support your body as echinacea propels your system into self-defense mode. This blend makes a great addition to smoothies, yogurt, or even a cup of soup. You could also use it to fill capsules to keep in your purse, locker, workout bag or desk for those unpredictable times when coworkers, fellow students, athletes, or customers who are coming down with illness insist on soldiering on in your presence. Be sure to follow up for a few days with echinacea teas or more supplement several times a day for at least two or three days until you’re sure you’re in the clear.
This simple echinacea tea blend offers a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals to support your body as echinacea propels your system into self-defense mode. I prefer elderberry’s flavor personally, so they’re always my choice, but rosehips or hibiscus are a good substitute if you like the more tart, floral flavor they provide.
This herbal blend makes recovering from a sweaty workout or a bout of illness easy with its natural electrolytes and other nutrients. It contains no artificial ingredients and it’s pretty inexpensive to make. For children and adults alike, it’s a tasty and natural alternative to the many sports drinks on the market today.
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 become susceptible to bacterial infections if left untreated.
Accidents happen. Most people aren’t lucky enough to go through life without getting at least one shiner. A black eye is basically a bruise around the outside of the eye. Technically known as a periorbital hematoma, it’s basically a facial bruise caused, as are all bruises, by bleeding under the skin.The delicate tissue around the eye socket reacts quickly to protect your eye through swelling and inflammation.
One of the most common on the job injuries is compressed nerves, commonly called “pinched nerves.” It occurs when a nerve or bundle of nerves become caught between narrow spaces such as bone, tendons or ligaments with little tissue to protect them. These injuries are most often noted in the back. Left untreated, a pinched nerve can lead to peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome or tennis elbow.
There are many ways to make a great cup of tea. Usually, just dropping a bag of herbs into hot water is fine. Those who know their plants realize one brewing technique does not fit all. St. John’s wort flowers, nettle leaves or lemon balm leaves are excellent examples of deeply healing herbs that lose many properties when exposed to heat. To pull the most flavor without losing the healing properties of fragile essential oil encased within delicate leaves, cold infusion is your best bet. This is also an appropriate method for those who do not have the stomach for bitterness or astringency. Continue Reading
Soaking your feet in a basin of soothing herbal infusion is more than relaxing, it’s potent medicine. There are lots of capillaries ending on the feet that can serve as little highways of health to the rest of the body. All it takes is a few simple tools and a comfy chair in which to enjoy the treatment.
Homemade incense is easy to make. When my son was young, he loved making incense. We learned this technique for making homemade incense sticks using our loose incense from my friend Dawn at Dawn’s Enchanted Garden and have since modified it slightly to accommodate the resins available to us.
AKA java, joe, mud, etc. Coffea species
A warm cup of Joe in the morning is not usually sipped with herbal medicine in mind, but no one will tell you it doesn’t have an effect on the body. Coffee is full of stimulants that, when properly placed, provide 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. Continue Reading
Calendula officinalis, a.k.a. Pot Marigold
Calendula is the last ray of sunshine in the garden. This tough herb can survive chilling frosts and battering winds. It’s a surprisingly rugged plant for its delicate appearance and shares its durability with those who use its medicinal powers.
Calendula is ideally suited for healing wounds and burns. It was considered a soldier’s herb because of its quick efficacy in the battlefield. Not only does calendula encourage healing to the skin, it has antimicrobial constituents. This allows the skin to heal safely under the guardianship of calendula’s watchful eyes. Continue Reading
Berberis (or Mahonia) aquafolium (B. repens or nervosa species also used), a.k.a. Oregon Mountain Grape, Holly-leaved Barberry
Oregon grape earned its name from pioneers who harvested the plant along the Oregon trail. These hardy travelers used this herb as both medicine and food. In gratitude for the service rendered by this plant, Oregon declared it our state flower. This distinction is celebrated by herbalists who still rely on constituents lying under the surface of its bark for healing purposes.
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 free to send us a link for review.
Best audience for Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long: Gardeners who want to make the most of their year
Candace said: I love how Coleman has laid out a surprisingly reasonable strategy for gardening all year long. In the area I livein now, the thought isn’t so foreign as it was in my hometown. I wish I’d had Coleman’s book when I lived back in Minnesota. I’m sure a lot of his suggestions would have worked there and would have been reasonable for my budget. In the Pacific Northwest, most of his ideas are golden and, surprisingly inexpensive. I look forward to employing the tips and techniques in Four-Season Harvest in the years to come.
A Kid’s Herbal Book for Children of All Ages by Leslie Tierra
An engaging way to introduce the beauty of herbal medicine to children. This is a book the whole family will enjoy. Buy one for yourself while you’re at it so you can reawaken the wonder of discovery of the green world around us.
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 for mushroom hunters. The Practical Herbalist team (Pat, Candace and Sue) piled baskets, tools and mushroom ID guides into the jeep and headed for the hills. The drive was long but the harvest was worth it.
Our very own Sue Sierralupe recently spoke about the state of healthcare in America on Occupy Media. Host David Geitgey Sierraupe, interviewed Sue and Dr. Leigh Saint-Louis on their work with Occupy Medical in Eugene, Oregon, the Affordable Healthcare Act (aka Obamacare), and the structures of healthcare in the United States today on Occupy Radio on September 27, 2013. Tune in to learn more and support Sue and the folks at Occupy Medical.
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