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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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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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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Fresh Herb Salts!

When I’m teaching my apprentices, a thread that continues throughout the programs is to get the medicine to the people in a way that they will enjoy taking. There are times when an alcohol tincture can’t or won’t be ingested for a variety of reasons. Alcoholism, religious beliefs, taste, etc. are among the many reasons that people may shy away from alcohol. People may not like the taste of herbal teas if they’re used to coffee, soda, energy drinks and such. ...

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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 intermediary in the production of Tamiflu, an anti-flu pharmaceutical. While commercial production of Tamiflu uses the shikimic acid in Star Anise, elderberries also contain this valuable ...

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Recipe: Hawthorn Chutney

Hawthorn Chutney

4.5 lbs. hawthorn berries
1 qt. apple cider vinegar
22 oz. organic brown sugar
2 tbsp. ground ginger
1 tbsp. ground nutmeg
½ tbsp. ground cloves
½ tbsp. ground allspice
2 tbsp. sea or mineral salt
½ tsp black pepper
A few sprigs of fresh thyme

 

Instructions

Remove the leaves from the hawthorn sprigs (stems are okay). Put the berries in a 6-qt. pot, add the Cider Vinegar and salt to the ...

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