Herbal Home Remedies: Be Your Own Herbal Expert – Part 6 In this, our sixth session, we remain in the herbal pharmacy and turn our attention to herbs in fat bases. We’ll explore fresh infused oils, ointments, salves, and lip balms, essential oils, and even herbal pestos. Herbal Oils: Infused vs. Essential I make and [...]
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Herbal Home Remedies: Be Your Own Herbal Expert – Part 4 In this lesson, you will learn how to make herbal tinctures. You will make herbal tinctures from fresh and dried roots as well as from fresh flowers and leaves. Then you will collect your herbal tinctures into an Herbal Medicine Chest and begin to [...]
Herbal Home Remedies: Be Your Own Herbal Expert – Part 3 In Part 1, you learned how to “listen” to the messages of plant’s tastes. And you discovered that using plants in water bases (as teas, infusions, vinegars, and soups) — and as simples — allows you to experiment with and explore herbal medicine safely. [...]
Herbal Home Remedies: Be Your Own Herbal Expert – Part 2 Herbal medicine is the medicine of the people. It is simple, safe, effective, and free. Our ancestors knew how to use an enormous variety of plants for health and well being. Our neighbors around the world continue to use local plants for healing and [...]
Herbal Home Remedies: Be Your Own Herbal Expert – Part 1 Herbal medicine is the medicine of the people. It is simple, safe, effective, and free. Our ancestors knew how to use an enormous variety of plants for health and well being. Our neighbors around the world continue to use local plants for healing and [...]
This time of year is the true South in the Medicine Wheel of life, being that it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the fire and heat of the sun has been upon us for a few weeks now. July in the NW is usually a month of long warm evenings, sitting by campfires, [...]
Herbal medicine is people’s medicine. And people’s medicines are the medicines of the earth: the common weeds. Weeds, though often reviled, are powerhouses of nourishment, medicine, magic, and beauty. Their medicinal qualities, when wisely extracted and used, can counter major as well as minor disturbances of health. But do beware! Eating weeds has been known [...]
Plants are grouped into botanical families, and plants in the same family often have very similar properties. With 20,000 members, the Asteraceae family (“aster” means “star”) is one of the largest and most diverse of all plant families. From fossil records, it appears that this family developed quite recently (only millions of years ago) and [...]
Brassicaceae family ‘aka’ Cruciferous vegetables or Cabbage family We live in a fast world, and learning from Nature is a slow process. Want a shortcut? Learn a little botany! Botany is a superhighway that optimizes your ability to understand plants and use them wisely So let’s continue our tour of some of my favorite plant [...]
This time of year, the most common form of disease is the cold and flu. Maiden hair fern can help in creating some balance and harmony because it is a gentle, subtle herb that can help soothe and cleanse your system. Maiden hair fern grows in the dark, moist forests here in Western Washington, up [...]