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Minor Blue-Green Dragon Decoction (refined) for Flus and Allergies

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Minor Blue-Green Dragon Decoction (refined) for Flus and Allergies

Minor Blue Green Dragon Decoction is a well known Kampo medicine blend that treats and prevents influenza, otherwise known as the flu. It’s also effective for treating respiratory allergies like hay fever. This formula is based on the traditional Japanese herbal wisdom we honor deeply. The formula usually has ephedra in it to ease congestion. […]

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Educational Programs

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
Educational Programs

We, at the Practical Herbalist, are frequently asked about herbal studies schools. There are many to choice from, but the list below offers ones we can recommend based on the quality of their educational programs. You’ll note some are small, local schools with a hand full of teachers while others are large universities with accredited […]

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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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How to Make Red Tiger Balm® at Home a DIY Recipe

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
How to Make Red Tiger Balm® at Home a DIY Recipe

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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How to Make White Tiger Balm® at Home a DIY Recipe

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
How to Make White Tiger Balm® at Home a DIY Recipe

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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Dental Care for the Apocalypse, part 2

| March 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Dental Care for the Apocalypse, part 2

Episode XIX When I hustled out of the zombie Dentist’s house into bright sunshine behind Paul and Harvey, I was expecting to find a line of thugs, The Kings, all pointing guns at us. Instead, we found a man, a woman, and an adolescent girl…all pointing guns at us. “Stop right there,” the man said. […]

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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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