The Wonderful World of Dandelions

Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale. Digestive bitter | Cellular Chaperone | Nutrient Dense

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The Exquisite Beauty of Nature

There are many more benefits to foraging plants in the wild than just the medicine they bring to us.

Before we pick our first plant, we are brought into the exquisite beauty of nature. It’s the peace and quiet that first draws attention. The utter calm that is so different from the jarring electricity of the urban or suburban areas where many of us live. After appreciating the freedom from disturbance for a few moments, we begin ...

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The Magic and Medicine of the Birch Tree

The birch tree is both magical and medicinal. It’s shrouded in a bit of mystery – my favorite kind of mystery. The mystery unfolds if we sit quietly at its feet and listen.

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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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Western Coltsfoot Monograph

 

Common name ~ Western Coltsfoot
Botanical Name ~ Petasites frigidus var. palmatus
Family ~ Asteraceae

Botanical Description:
Western coltsfoot flower stalks emerge just before or with new leaves from the rhizomes in late February to early March in the Pacific Northwest, generally speaking. Flowers are hairless achenes the seeds of which disperse ...

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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! 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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Plant Medicine Made Easy

 

 

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 like the taste of teas, or think that ...

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