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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Slug Bread And Beheaded Thistles By Ellen Sandbeck

Slug Bread and Beheaded Thistles by Ellen Sandbeck

Sue said: This short paperback is full of easy techniques that are perfect for the practical person. The author has done her homework about the hazards of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and chemical cleansers. She knows what is at stake and this knowledge has clearly inspired her to get out the word about nontoxic options. Ellen Sandbeck has a wonderful sense of humor and a natural writing grace I found engaging enough to read through this book like a novel. I tried several of her suggestions and found they really did work. The illustration choices could double as pictures for a Trader Joe's Flyer - very funny.

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The Neighborhood Forager By Robert K. Henderson

The Neighborhood Forager by Robert K. Henderson

Sue said: The Neighborhood Forager takes us on a walk along the streets of a common Pacific Northwest neighborhood. The plants are frequent visitors to my own table and medicine chest because I live in the Willamette Valley, which shares a bioregion with Seattle, Robert Henderson's home. This book should be an inspiration to wild foragers in other regions to write similiar guides for their areas. I would relish a book that featured Paw Paw pie or Bog Craneberry tart. The recipes Henderson suggests have, so far, been tasty and clearly written. I look forward to trying more of them. His knowledge of herbal medicine is great for a beginner but uninspiring for the seasoned herbalist. Henderson gives ample cautions on proper identification of plants, and I wouldn't feel confident trying a new plant's edibility with just his book in hand. The Neighborhood Forager is a perfect companion text for a wild-crafter who is eager to try new uses for old friends.

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Treating  Mononucleosis With Herbs

Treating Mononucleosis with Herbs

I heartily recommend Astragulus root for preventing EBV infection. Astragulus is a powerful anti-viral that does particularly well up against a vast host of viruses. Astragulus tincture is the most effective form of this herb.

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Sinus Infection Remedy Blend

Sinus Infection Remedy Blend

Allergies, colds, and flus all leave their mark on our poor sinuses. Sinus congestion leads to other unpleasant problems like coughing, sneezing, congestion, clogged ears and headaches. This formula is my favorite for draining the sinuses and keeping them clear.…

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