Crazy Easy Bath Truffles

 

Who doesn’t love a good truffle, amiright?! Eating a chocolatey herbal truffle while lounging in a tub resplendent with the dreamy scents and fizzy goodness of bath truffles is ecstasy as I see it. Throw in some meditation music and a nice candle and you have the makings of heaven on earth.

Guess what, my friends? ...

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Fiery Fire Cider!

 

Fiery Fire Cider! 

It’s so important to know how and why the plants in the remedies work so well for people. That gives so much more info than “this herb is good for this malady.” It gives structure to the remedy. It helps to show what herbs will work well together and the best menstrua to extract and preserve the constituents. We know they work, but when ...

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Pumpkin Spice Recipes!

It’s harvest time again! That means cool nights, warm sunny days. It means brilliantly colored leaves that float to the ground. Spooky fog that lingers through morning and drifts over the land in the evening. Flannel everything and boots are brought out and shined up for the occasion. Pumpkins are selected and carved. Apples are being pressed. Oh the smells and feels of the season!

The sound of the much heralded “pumpkin spice” ...

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Healing Chronic Inflammation

What causes inflammation in the body; how can we find relief and stem the genesis of disease? After a short discussion on the causes of inflammation, we’ll delve into the myriad ways to contend with it and lead a life that is healthier.

Chronic inflammation due to the body’s inability to resolve the primary inflammatory origin can cause tissue damage ...

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One day in the apothecary….

Perceived mistakes can turn out to be some of society’s more beneficial inventions. Take tea bags, for instance. In June of 1908, a tea dealer by the name of Sullivan sent samples of teas to customers in small silk pouches. The customers didn’t understand what to do with the bags, and reputedly dunked them in hot water. Viola! Tea bags were invented! Thank you, Mr. Sullivan. You sure did make brewing tea on the go easier.

Even after making ...

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Fortify Chai Recipe

Who doesn’t love a nice cup of creamy spicy tasting chai on a cold winter day? Our version of chai not only fortifies your senses; it’s super warming, and will strengthen the immune system, calm the nerves, and gets the digestive system ready for hearty winter meals!


Fortify Chai

6 tablespoons roasted dandelion root.
4 tablespoons dried cinnamon chips
2 tablespoons dried reishi mushroom pieces
2 tablespoons dried ashwagandha root
2 ...

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Drying Herbs and Tea Blends

Drying Herbs and Tea Blends

Drying herbs, and keeping their flavor and medicine intact, is a bit tricky in the damp Pacific Northwest. Herbs need to be dried as quickly as possible with low heat. 90 – 95 degrees F. is perfect. Too high heat and you run the risk of quickly drying the outside of the plant with the inside still containing moisture. This means plant material that will decompose and mold from ...

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Devil’s Club

Devil’s Club ~ Oplopanax horridum
The following, while weighty in information, is in no way complete in the actions and uses of Devil’s Club. It’s a plant worth studying in depth.

Smooth muscle relaxant –
Smooth muscles are located in the walls of hollow internal structures of the body. Lymphatic vessels, urinary, uterus, reproductive tracts, gastrointestinal, respiratory, iris ciliary muscle are examples of smooth muscles. Smooth muscles do their thing independent of conscious thought. Spasms can occur due to a ...

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Hawthorn ~ Hope and faith that everything will be ok!

herbofthemonthHawthorn ~ Crataegus spp. is the “hope and faith that everything will be ok” plant. A tall shrub in the rose family, hawthorn grows in open meadows, on roadsides, along streams and forest edges at low to mid elevations. In my area, the conservation district people planted scores of hawthorn trees in wet areas. They’ve since replaced hawthorn with more effective water drinking plants, but us regular folk get to reap the benefits of ...

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