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Root Beer Syrup Recipe

Root Beer Syrup Recipe

In days gone by, people made root beers as food and medicine. This recipe is designed to take advantage of the more tonic effects a good root beer can offer, such as cleansing for the circulatory, digestive, and respitory systems, clearing the skin, reducing weight and cholesterol, and a mild energy-boost from support for the […]

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Immune-Boost Supplement Blend with Echinacea

Immune-Boost Supplement Blend with Echinacea

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 […]

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Herbal First Aid

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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Black Eye Treatment – Herbal First Aid

Black Eye Treatment – Herbal First Aid

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 […]

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Herbal Cold Infusion

Herbal Cold Infusion

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 […]

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How-to do an Herbal Foot Bath

How-to do an Herbal Foot Bath

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 […]

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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: Nature’s Toothpaste

Strawberry: Nature’s Toothpaste

Fragaria vesca, a. k. a. Wild Strawberry, Woodland Strawberry Nothing says summer like a ripening field of strawberries. The tingly scent of the freshly picked fruit can bring a smile to almost any child’s face. It makes the herbalist smile, too, as this delicate woodland plant offers a wealth of healing in one sweet, tasty […]

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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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<em>Four-Season Harvest</em> by Eliot Coleman

Four-Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman

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 […]

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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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