Herbs and Herbalism Lifestyle Articles

Herbal Lemonade

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Herbal Lemonade

Lemonade, with or without ginger, has been a favorite remedy for healing sore throats and supporting the throat and vocal chords for centuries. Many of our modern singers, actors, and politicians use it just as their ancestors did before and after each performance. Practical Herbalists, especially those who use their voices regularly like we do, […]

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Homemade Red Tiger Balm®

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Homemade Red Tiger Balm®

This recipe is based on the proportions used in commercial Red Tiger Balm®. We’ve converted some of the ingredients, like menthol crystals, to essential oils for practicality. The essential oils in this formula are all readily available through several online sources and are generally reasonably priced. This makes a strongly scented balm, much like the […]

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Homemade White Tiger Balm®

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Homemade White Tiger Balm®

This recipe is based on the proportions used in commercial White Tiger Balm®. We’ve converted some of the ingredients, like menthol crystals, to essential oils for practicality. The essential oils in this formula are all readily available through several online sources and are generally reasonably priced. This makes a strongly scented balm, much like the […]

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Kids and Cocoa: Herbal Medicine that’s Real Easy

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
Kids and Cocoa: Herbal Medicine that’s Real Easy

From fall through early spring, my boy and I love cocoa. When he was wee, I did the cocoa blending and making. By mid-grade school, Finn knew what he liked…and wanted to do it himself. These were years of Great Experimentation. We’ve tried many different brands and blends. When it comes down to it, making […]

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Herbal Mattress Powder for Green Spring Cleaning

| March 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Herbal Mattress Powder for Green Spring Cleaning

This easy herbal recipe helps extend the season on my annual Spring Cleaning. I make a powder in my blender that’s antiseptic (bay), antiviral (lavender), antibacterial (chamomile) and keeps the moths out (agrimony). I sprinkle it on mattresses after stripping the sheets. It goes under couch cushions. I dust it on rugs. The trick is […]

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Honey Ginger Salad Dressing Recipe

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 drizzled on sliced garden veggies. […]

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Dental Care for the Apocalypse

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Dental Care for the Apocalypse

Episode XVIII Dental care is about the last thing you think about when a zombie’s on your tail. That is, if you’re not an herbalist. Paul, Harvey, and I were rummaging through a suburban neighborhood. It was built in the ’50s just after the war and had become pretty posh because it was so close […]

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Aphrodisiac Aromatherapy Blend

| February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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Flowers for Winter – The Shoestring Herbalist

| February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
Flowers for Winter – The Shoestring Herbalist

Every summer, I go crazy with plants. I preserve everything I can get my hands on. Every winter, I look at all the herbs I saved and scratch my head. What army was I planning to heal with all this medicine? I have bags of dried comfrey leaves, bottles of nettle infused vinegar, and plastic […]

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Valentine’s Day Spritzer

| February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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