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Antioxidant Rich Smoothie Blend

Antioxidant Rich Smoothie Blend

Research shows that antioxidants are good for us. It’s not clear yet whether antioxidant supplements are healthful, but given how easy it is to eat your antioxidants, there’s no sense in relying on supplements anyway. The key is to have a varied diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This smoothie blend offers a […]

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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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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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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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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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Cherries with a Side Order of St. John’s Wort

Cherries with a Side Order of St. John’s Wort

The Practical Herbalist team headed out to the hills last week to pick cherries at a local farm, Detering Orchards in Harrisburg, Oregon, hosted the latest Practical Herbalist field trip. Cherries were early this year, and we gathered our buckets and bags to collect them. Although cherry is a traditional remedy for gout, our intentions were […]

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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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