Plant Medicine Made Easy

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While you can find as many ways to make herbal medicine as there are blogs on the internet, the following is a short plant medicine making tutorial based on my more than 30 years of making herbal remedies.

Herbal remedies. It’s important to know how to make the basics and to have many options to accommodate preferences. How can we support a person with plants if they won’t or can’t take alcohol tinctures, don’t ...

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Eliminating Mites and Parasites in Poultry Flocks, Naturally

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Mite infestations in chickens, turkeys, and game birds can run from a nuisance to a health hazard to death, depending on the severity of the infestation. While mites can accumulate due to poor coop and pen management, even the most fastidious poultry keeper may find mites in the hen house. Mites can be brought in by wild birds, rodents, even on the shoes and clothes of people returning home from visiting other ...

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The Truth About Elderberries

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Elder is probably the most well-known antiviral herb on the market at present. It can assist in reducing inflammation in the sinuses to relieve congestion, eliminate metabolic waste products, stimulate sweating to remediate fevers, and reduce flu and cold symptoms. Elderberries contain shikimic acid, an antiviral compound that is used to create Tamiflu.

The Truth About Elderberries:
While the anti-inflammatory and elimination effects of tannins, vitamin A, cyanogenic glycoside, viburnic and shikimic ...

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Winter Herbal Remedies

clusterdockIt was a dark and stormy night. That’s how all exciting stories begin, isn’t it? Our story begins with the advent of the cold and flu season. Dark and stormy days turn to dark and stormy nights, with us fragile folk heading indoors for warmth and comfort. As we breathe in the warm inside air, we also breathe in each other’s colds and flu viruses. What to do? What to do? Come with ...

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Cottonwood and Willow: Nature's Pain Relievers

Cottonwood, Populus balsamifera, is the largest broadleaf tree in the Pacific Northwest. It is a member of the Salicacea family, which makes it willow’s cousin. Cottonwood trees exist where there is abundant fresh water. On the west side of the Cascade Range, we can find cottonwood along rivers and lakes. It’s the tallest deciduous tree among its neighbors, towering above the others. You’ll also find alder and willow growing among the cottonwoods. Alder grows about ...

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Cough and Cold Elixir

CoughandcoldremedyGreetings! After a hot long summer, the rains, cooler temperatures, and early nights are here, and in my humble opinion, are very much appreciated. I can’t remember the last time I actually looked forward to a wet rainy winter. We’ll see how it goes this year. The plants had a very interesting growing season. I was talking with one of my long time apprentices just today about this. We’ve been out in ...

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Dandelion

Dandelion is a primo liver healer and strengthener. We can live without our fingers, we can lose an arm and still keep going, but we can’t live without our liver! Dandelion nourishes and strengthens our immune system. It is a digestive bitter, as it heals and nourishes the entire digestive tract. It helps us to get full nutrition from the foods we eat, and tones and nourishes the spleen, skin, nerves, kidneys, glands, urinary, circulatory, lymph, and gallbladder. That’s a lot of ...

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