Autumn Apothecary

The days are cooler and the nights are longer. It’s not all boots, scarves, incense, and pumpkin spice! Fill your herbal toolbelt with easy to make – and take – herbal remedies that ease cold and flu symptoms, kill viruses, and generally help our loved ones feel warm and cozy!

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Summer Savvy Health Tips

Summer is here and it’s hot! With the heat and sun come sunburn, heat rash, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke. We have easy solutions to all the common sun related ailments!

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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.

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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! Chai spice is not only for drinking though, read more to find out what else you can do with this exotic blend of spices and herbs!

 

 

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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

Elderberries are powerful medicine to have on hand, and there is so much controversy surrounding this plant. To heat or not to heat? Are elderberries poisonous? Those are the questions for which I do my best to give thoughtful and well researched answers.

 

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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 deciduous tree in the Pacific Northwest. It is a member of the Salicaceae family, which makes it willow’s cousin. Cottonwood trees exist near rivers and lakes. They grow to be very tall and are on the narrow side. I’m not talking about Lombardy poplars, Populus nigra, the super skinny trees you’ll find in prairies and open ranges used as windscreens on farms ...

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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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