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First Aid Herbs: Arnica for Bruising, Strains & Sprains

Arnica is the ultimate first aid herb for bruising, sprains, and strains. This salve is ideal for the accident prone and active athletes alike! Arnica (Arnica montana) Energetics: very warm/dry Therapeutic Actions: anti-hematoma, anti-inflammatory (ultimately), counter-irritant, immune-stimulant I may have…

Plantain Medicinal Uses & Herbal Drawing Salve

Plantain is an herb with many uses. Make this plantain weed drawing salve to relieve all your bug bites, bee stings, slivers, and rashes. Plantain Weed  (Plantago major, P. lanceolata) Energetics: cool, somewhat moist Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-obtrusive, astringent, demulcent,…

Herbs for Skin, Hair & Nails: Calendula & All-Purpose Healing Salve

Calendula a renowned healing herb. Create an exceptional all-purpose healing salve with calendula & honey for all your cuts, scrapes and assorted boo-boos. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Energetics: Neutral (after reviewing a variety of sources with differing opinions of calendula energetics,…

Lymphatic Herbs: Ceanothus, Red Root for Healthy Lymph Function

Warming, slightly spicy red root, Ceanothus americanus, is an outstanding lymphatic herb for those with chronic lymph complaints. Red Root (Ceanothus americanus) Energetics: neutral-warm/dry Therapeutic Actions: alterative, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, astringent, expectorant, lymphatic, nervine, tonic My first experience with the…

Urinary Herbs: Gravel Root for Kidney Health & Stone Relief

Gravel root is an herb with a profound affinity for the abdominal organs and is specifically indicated for to address kidney stone complaints. Gravel Root (Eupatorium purpureum) Energetics: cool/dry Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, anti-lithic, anti-rheumatic, diuretic Have you ever had a…

Therapeutic Actions & Health Benefits of Cleavers Herb

Cleavers well known medicinal herb (and sticky garden weed) that offers great benefit for the urinary and lymphatic system. Make a cleavers tincture to address boggy and cystic conditions such as retained water, cystic acne and fibrous breast tissue. Cleavers (Galium…

Urinary Herbs: Uva-Ursi for Good Bladder Health & Relief

Uva-ursi, sometimes called bearberry, is an outstanding tonifying and antiseptic herb with benefits for urinary and renal health. Uva-ursi: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Herbal Energetics: cool/dry. Bitter Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic Folks, it is time we get familiar with our kidneys and…

Digestive Herbs: Flaxseed & Fiber Rich “Truffles”

Flaxseed is full of valuable fiber & medicinal benefits for a healthy body. Flaxseed & date “truffles” offer a delicious way to grab fiber “on the go”! Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum) Energetics: cool; moist Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, laxative, mucilage, phytoestrogen Here comes the…

Digestive Herbs: Protective Milk Thistle & Liver-Loving Chai

Milk thistle is a gently protective, liver loving herb. Added to a warming blend of chai spices & burdock root, it creates a delicious medicinal beverage. Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) Energetics: neutral Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cholagogue, demulcent, galactagogue, heptatoprotective,…

Digestive Herbs: Warming Ginger & Crystallized Candies

Ginger is a spicy, pungent herb that warms and soothes, ideal for motion sickness & nausea. These crystallized ginger candies make sweet medicine. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Energetics: hot; dry (dried herb), neutral (fresh herb) Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiemetic, carminative,…

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