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Herbal First Aid Kits (Part One): Camping/Day Trip Kit

Herbal First Aid Kits (Part One): Camping/Day Trip Kit

It is a wonderful feeling to grow, harvest, and preserve medicinal plants all summer long and fill our home apothecary. Having stocked shelves is step one in being prepared for anything, including for first aid at home, when out and about, during an emergency, or even when we need to evacuate. 
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HerbWord: Astringent

The dictionary defines the word 'astringent' as being a substance that tightens or constricts body tissues. There are many substances that do this rubbing alcohol, herbal teas made with astringent plants such as raspberry, rose, shepherd's purse, etc. Witch hazel is often extracted to create great skin toner that can cleanse skin, remove grime, minimize pores, and even dry out oil.



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November Herb Spotlight - Rosehips

November Herb Spotlight - Rosehips

Many of us have fond memories of our mothers and grandmothers giving us herbal remedies as children. My grandmother used to give rosehip syrup to my mom and her brothers to increase their vitamin C intake and ward off seasonal colds. It’s a fond memory of my mother’s, and it makes me feel connected to past generations and traditional practices. These simple and accessible remedies are something we can still use today, helping us to be closer to nature and more in tune with our bodies and with the seasons.
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Herb Profiles | YARROW; Achillea millefolium

Herb Profiles | YARROW; Achillea millefolium

Achillea millefolium or common yarrow is also known as “nosebleed plant” and stanchgrass. It has been used for millennia as a medicinal herb. Recent archeological finds have uncovered yarrow flowers on the body of a 40,000+-year-old Neanderthal Man. Legend has it that the Greek hero Achilles used the plant to heal his troops and soldiers during the Trojan War. Interestingly enough, yarrow’s use on the battlefield was continuous from that time until well after the American Civil War, almost 7000 years. The second half of the name (millefolium) refers to the plethora of feathery sections in the leaves. The English word that we use for the herb (yarrow) is a messed up version of the Anglo-Saxon word “gearwe.” It is said by some to be one of the most important herbs used by the Native Americans.
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Herb Profiles | BURDOCK; Arctium lappa

Herb Profiles | BURDOCK; Arctium lappa

Considered a common weed here in the states, Burdock often doesn't get the recognition it should as the beneficial plant it is. Many people don't know what to do with it or how to use it. In Asian cuisine, Burdock, AKA Gobo root, is used in abundance. In this article, I will help uncover Burdock's many uses and hopefully give you a new understanding of this beautiful plant. Burdock should be added to the yards of each home herbalist.
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