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. Voila! Tea bags were invented! Thank you, Mr. Sullivan. You sure did make brewing tea on the go easier.

Even after making herbal medicine ...

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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 antiviral compound that is used to create Tamiflu, an anti-flu pharmaceutical.

The Truth About Elderberries:
While the anti-inflammatory and elimination effects of tannins; vitamin A, calcium, iron, ...

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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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Recipe: Nettle Lasagna

Nettle Lasagna. It’s one dish I make several times in the spring. Nettles are high in iron and many micronutrients including calcium, manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, and potassium. As I’m a big fan of getting the medicine of plants to the people in a way they will take them, nettle lasagna is a tasty way to get the health giving benefits of nettles into your family and friends. It’s always a ...

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Recipe: Immune-Boosting Roots & Herbs Potage

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Potage is a French word for thick soup. Just the thought of a bowl of hot nourishing soup as we head into autumn evokes thoughts of blankets wrapped around us to ward off the chill, fun with friends in front of an outdoor fire. Our roots and herbs potage is perfect for this time of year. So tasty and nutrient dense, it supports digestive, nerve, and immune health.

 

Roots and Herbs Potage

1 fresh ...

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Recipe: Herbal Truffles

 

Herbal truffles are super yummy, healthy, and carry the medicine of plants to people in a way that they will happily eat! The truffles can be adapted to accommodate needs and what you have available in your apothecary.

 

 

Basic truffle ingredients:

7-8 dates or a dozen dried apricots
1/3 cup nut or seed butter of choice
1/3 cup oats – powdered in a coffee grinder
1/3 cup coconut – ground in ...

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