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Honey Ginger Salad Dressing Recipe

Honey Ginger Salad Dressing Recipe

Most of my refrigerator door is dedicated to condiments. A nice dash of seasoning makes all the difference in bringing out the flavors in a meal. This dressing is a favorite because it serves many purposes: marinade, soup enhancer, bread dip and, of course, salad dressing. I particularly like it when drizzled on sliced garden […]

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Aphrodisiac Aromatherapy Blend

Aphrodisiac Aromatherapy Blend

A few drops of this aromatherapy blend in a nebulizer or a traditional aromatherapy burner will set the atmosphere of your space for love and intimacy.   Ingredients 25 drops frankeninsence essential oil 10 drops rose geranium essential oil 10 drops ylang-ylang essential oil 5 drop rosemary essential oil Equipment Dropper bottle or small, sealable […]

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Valentine’s Day Spritzer

Valentine’s Day Spritzer

Put a little love in the air. This simple spritzer blend is earthy and floral. Ginger and rose are well-known aphrodisiacs. Pine and sandalwood or cedarwood offer up that virile woodsy note that will ground you and your lover so you’re completely present and open to whatever your encounter may bring. The hint of lemon […]

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Herbal First Aid

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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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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Cleaning Used Dropper Bottles

Cleaning Used Dropper Bottles

Long ago, another herbalist told me that cleaning old tincture bottles wasn’t worth the effort. She just recycled them and bought new ones, I expect. Even then, that seemed a wasteful approach. Why should I spend my money on new bottles when I have a sizable stash of used ones that, with relatively little effort, […]

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Topical Treatment for Rosacea

Topical Treatment for Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes red, blotchy patches resembling acne or sunburn on facial skin. It’s most common for fair-skinned women starting at the age of  30 or 40 years. When it occurs in men, the condition can become more severe. Doctors commonly prescribe antibiotics for rosacea with limited success. Although the […]

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Soft Water Blues

Soft Water Blues

I live in a soggy area. Like most continental curls of geography, this section of Oregon does a great job of collecting rain clouds. The soil is rich and spongy due to years of volcanic activity. This is a boon to the farmer and the backyard gardener. The water here is soft. Soap lathers up […]

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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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Bilberry: A True Blue Friend

Bilberry: A True Blue Friend

Vaccinium mytillus and other species, a.k.a. Wineberry, Dyeberry and Whortleberry With diabetes rates spiraling, Bilberry is America’s new best friend. The research from around the globe proves that bilberry and its cousins can reduce blood sugar when taken regularly. A 2009 study from Canada’s University of Montreal revealed that even in a short 6 day time period, the […]

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The Pocket Herbal: Medicinal Plants that Changed the World is in!

The Pocket Herbal: Medicinal Plants that Changed the World is in!

The Practical Herbalist and Practical Herbalist Press are pleased to announce the arrival of The Pocket Herbal: Medicinal Plants that Changed the World by Sue Sierralupé. It’s available now on Amazon.com. The Pocket Herbal: Medicinal Plants that Changed the World tells the stories of 42 medicinal plants, all of which have had an impact on […]

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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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Real Herbalism Radio and The Practical Herbalist are looking for your support. We’ve been serving the Herbal Community as an information source for all things herbal and homesteading related since 2008. We take the time to ensure the information we provide is well-researched and accurate, helping you get the best education…for free! Your donations and […]

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Herbalism for the Zombie Apocalypse, vol. 1 is now on Amazon!

Herbalism for the Zombie Apocalypse, vol. 1 is now on Amazon!

The Practical Herbalist and Practical Herbalist Press are pleased to announce the publication of the first volume of Herbalism for the Zombie Apocalypse by Candace Hunter is now available exclusively on Amazon.com. Meet Zombie Hunter C. and her trusty side-kick, Harvey the Big Black Dog. They would be your regular, practical sort of herbal team […]

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Elder: Boundary Keeper is now available on Amazon!

Elder: Boundary Keeper is now available on Amazon!

The Practical Herbalist and Practical Herbalist Press are pleased to announce the publication of the forth volume of The Practical Herbalist’s Herbal Folio series. Elder: Boundary Keeper by Candace Hunter and Sue Sierralupé is now available exclusively on Amazon.com. For centuries, Elder has been the gateway tender for more than just mythology. Modern science has […]

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