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Elecampane: Herb of the Week

By Katja Swift

If you listened to last Friday’s podcast, you know that Ryn was sick last week with what we affectionately called the “Lung Crud Plague”. If you’re also sick with lung crud, Elecampane is the herb for you! But before we talk about the why, let’s just get this right out in the open: Elecampane tastes…

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Ashwagandha: Herb of the Week

By Katja Swift

Ashwagandha is one of my very favorite herbs: it supports the adrenals and other endocrine organs, improving the function of those organs and helping the body to better cope with stress. You’ve probably heard about the “HPA axis” – which is the connection recognized between the hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands. But I submit that…

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Best Herbal Books and Mason Jar Products

By Katja Swift

If you’re an herbalist, there are two things you probably love: Mason Jars and Herbal Books! So on our YouTube channel, we’re reviewing our favorite things you can get to upgrade your Mason Jars (drinking lids, fermentation tops, insulating sleeves, and more!!) and our very favorite Herbal Books! You can check them out here: Book…

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Gah! Gout! Simple Herbs for Gout and Kidney Support

By Ryn Midura

Pain in your toe? It could be gout. This relatively common issue presents as recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory joint pain. The big toe is the most common site of pain – up to half of all gout cases only show up there. What is Gout? Gout is caused by the buildup of uric acid…

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Hawthorn: Herb of the Week

By Katja Swift

Hawthorn is often categorized as an “exhilarant” in old herbal literature – strongly uplifting to the spirit. Along with Rose, Vanilla, Vetiver, and others, Hawthorn is a great “rescue remedy”. Whether it’s sadness from a deep loss or just baked-on, caked-on gloom and doom, Hawthorn can help. I love to make an elixir of Hawthorn…

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Pretty Paleo Pecan Pie Bars

By Katja Swift

OMG, these are delicious! This all started because I saw a recipe for Paleo Pecan Bars, and I was excited! Delicious, I thought! But there was a lot of stuff in there that just wasn’t food, in the name of “it’s not really sugar”, and there was a ton of cream and butter – two…

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Self-Heal: Herb of the Week

By Katja Swift

Self Heal, Prunella vulgaris, is one of those plants that seems able to do everything. Writing in the 16th century, Gerard said that no herb equals Self Heal for healing wounds, and a whole host of other things. Self Heal is used all over the world – by Native Americans, Europeans, and all across Asia,…

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Herbs for Colds and Flu

By Katja Swift

Winter’s coming here in the Northeast, and along with that comes the standard “seasons changing” illnesses: the flu, colds, ear infections, sore throats, and lung gunk. Here are some easy remedies that you can try for your family next time something’s going around! Ear Infections As a child, I was particularly prone to ear infections,…

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How to Pay for Herb School: Herbal Support Boxes!

By Katja Swift

Excited about the prospect of going to Herb School, but not sure how to pay for it? Why not crowd source your tuition? It’s not just a great way to raise funds, but it’s also an excellent study tool! Imagine it like this: You’re going to school to learn all about herbs, how to work…

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Ground Ivy: Herb of the Week

By Katja Swift

Ground Ivy, Glechoma hederacea, is a small, unassuming little plant. You might know it as “Creeping Charlie” or “Gill-Over-The-Ground”, or (if you’re from England) as “Alehoof”. It often grows low to the ground, spreading horizontally instead of vertically – but if it’s in an area that isn’t mowed too often, it’ll stand up for a…

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