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Honey Bee Water Bowl

Kids love bugs. They are tiny, busy lives that come in an array of shapes and colors. As parents and caregivers, we want our children to learn about the natural world, but how do you talk bees and butterflies into holding…

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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…

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Coffeecup

Coffee Brewing – How-to

One important key to making great coffee is to choose coffee you love. Using this process, the scent and the flavor of your beans will shine as will any unbalance or flaws. Experiment with the best quality beans you can find. Pay attention to the characteristics you like best and to which varieties satisfy your palate. Ignore any coffee experts who try to tell you what you should or shouldn't like. Coffee is highly personal.
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Clothesline

Tips for Drying Laundry The Practical Herbalist Way

For fresh, clean laundry without all the chemical fragrance scent so many commercial dryer sheets contain, I use Dryer Hankies. What I like most about Dryer Hankies is their versatility. I can change the scents I use as best suits my family. During flea season, for instance, I like to use a few drops of Thuja (cedar) and lavender essential oils. The Thuja does a terrific job of repelling fleas and the lavender adds anti-bacterial protection to our linens. Orange and Tea tree make a refreshing combination for during and after illness. Rosemary and lavender or Rosemary and Ginger are another couple of combinations I've enjoyed.
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Spice up Your Chili

Cayenne is just one of the many chili peppers herbalists love for their fiery hot medicine. One secret we've been keeping is that cayenne, as well as a few other chilies, intensify their fire in the freezer. If you plan…

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