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Show 12: Natural Flea Control Options

Show 12: Natural Flea Control Options

Although Flea season may be at it's end for this year, fleas are still among us. Today, we discussed Natural Herbal Approaches to Flea Control using herbal and homesteading practices.
Show 11: Herbs For Flu And Cold Prevention

Show 11: Herbs for Flu and Cold Prevention

We're knee-deep into the Flu and Cold season. We Practical Herbalists are already mobilizing our defenses. We're using prevention, stocking up on herbals, and educating friends and family. Today, we'll talk about how you can join in on the preparations.
Witch Hazel Lost And Found

Witch Hazel Lost and Found

My grandmother loved witch hazel. It was one of her cure alls. She had a big bottle of it in her bathroom that she brought out to treat every thing…

Black Tea Syrup: Clear Your Lungs Remedy

Black Tea Syrup: Clear Your Lungs Remedy

Tea is astringent. It’s a terrific go-to herb for drying your respiratory system, that is, if you like tea. My honey, as it turns out, won’t make a cup of…

Rosacea Facial Rinse

Rosacea Facial Rinse

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes red, blotchy patches resembling acne or sunburn on facial skin. It's most common for fair-skinned women starting at the age of  30…

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…

Diaper Rash: Herbal First Aid

Diaper Rash: Herbal First Aid

Changing diapers is not a favorite part of any parent's life but a bad case of diaper rash can turn this routine into a nightmare. A red bottom is the…

Diaper Rash Salve

Diaper Rash Salve

Being a baby is hard work. There's a whole lot of growing and changing in that first couple of years. Having diaper rash makes the journey from birth to childhood…

Black Eye Treatment – Herbal First Aid

Black Eye Treatment – Herbal First Aid

Accidents happen. Most people aren't lucky enough to go through life without getting at least one shiner. A black eye is basically a bruise around the outside of  the eye.…

Athlete’s Foot – Herbal First Aid

Athlete’s Foot – Herbal First Aid

Athlete's Foot is a chronic problem in gyms and locker rooms. As a fungus (dermatophytes), it thrives in warm, moist, sheltered environments and feeds on keratin. Keratin is a protein…

How To Make Herbal Ice Cubes

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.
Medieval Herbalism: Intro. To European Herbalism

Medieval Herbalism: Intro. to European Herbalism

Medieval Herbalism: Introduction to European Practices and Salves, Expanded Notes European herbalism in the middle ages, roughly 1300 AD to 1600 AD, encompassed a diverse set of folk beliefs, regional…

Minty Strawberry Leaf Mouthwash Recipe

Minty Strawberry Leaf Mouthwash Recipe

You can use Minty Strawberry Leaf Mouthwash as a breath freshening spray or as a mouth wash for after brushing your teeth. You can substitute one ounce of glycerite, such as Spearmint or Lemon Balm glycerite, for the glycerine in this recipe.
Autumn Herb Preservation Notes

Autumn Herb Preservation Notes

OSU Extension Service Workshop 2009 Sue Sierralupé - Instructor Use of Herbs Culinary vs Medicinal Culinary- focus on preserving flavor in essential oils Culinary presentation – color is in flavonoids…

Herbal Teas From Your Backyard To Your Teapot

Herbal Teas from Your Backyard to Your Teapot

 Garden Herb Lists OSU Mini-College Workshop Sue Sierralupé – Instructor Weeds as Herbs Dandelion – Taraxacum off. - collect roots in fall, flowers and leaves in spring – Detoxification Chickweed…

Minor Burns: Herbal 1st Aid

Minor Burns: Herbal 1st Aid

Fire fills our lives with luxuries we now take for granted like cooked food and warm rooms in winter. When we forget about the power of the fire element, we get burned. There are several herbs that help us salve the burns left by this oversight. To treat a minor burn, first wash the wound with cool water, then apply the herbal treatment and cover the area with a bandage. The treatment recommended below is for first degree burns; more serious burns require help by a qualified health care practitioner.
Poison Oak/Poison Ivy Rash: Contact Dermatitis

Poison Oak/Poison Ivy Rash: Contact Dermatitis

Spring is a dangerous time of the year for eager herbalists. So many plants are emerging from their winter sleep that it is tempting to step off the hiking trail to examine them more closely. That is when the guardians assigned to protecting these tender sprouts spring into action. The Toxicodendron species which includes poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac, has an oily substance called urushiol which triggers an allergic reaction in many people.
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