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How to Make Incense Sticks

Homemade incense is easy to make. When my son was young, he loved making incense. We learned this technique for making homemade incense sticks using our loose incense from my friend Dawn at Dawn's Enchanted Garden and have since modified…

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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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Herbalicecubes

How to Make Herbal Ice Cubes

Herbal ice cubes are versatile little powerhouses of medicine. Store a batch of calendula ice cubes in your freezer to treat minor burns and scrapes. Put nettle ice cubes in your pets' drinking water on a hot day to keep their electrolyte balance in check. Toss a few lemon balm ice cubes into your glass to add zest to your iced tea. The list of uses for herbal ice cubes is endless.
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Blooddonor

Tips for Donating Blood The Practical Herbalist Way

Nettle is an herb that's high in iron, so I drink a cup of nettle tea every day. I prefer to combine the nettle with green tea to help control my allergies. Raspberry leaf and horsetail also are high in iron, so I often throw a scoop of these herbs in the mix as an easily digestible supplement. I like to drink a cup of Iron Booster Tea every day when I'm feeling weary. It helps give me the charge I need to get through me day without relying on caffeine whether I am donating blood or not.
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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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