DIY: Quick and Easy Cough and Sore Throat Lozenges

Are you intimidated by do-it-yourself projects? Is your to-do list already too long? I understand the feeling….but this is a simple, low mess recipe for cough and sore throat lozenges that only takes a few minutes! Children love DIY projects and can easily be included with this one. Helping make a healthy alternative to purchased lozenges is fun and opens the…

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Garlic: Pungent & Powerful

I’m sure many of you have heard the quote attributed to Hippocrates, “Let medicine be thy food and let food be thy medicine.” If that statement is true, and I believe it is, the vast majority of the American population is headed for trouble. An article from Hopkins Medicine explains that researchers are focusing more and more on nutritional studies.…

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3 Simple Herbal Cold and Cough Remedies

Your throat has a little tickle and feels tight. Your sinuses are raw. You’re tired and achy. Maybe you have a fever. We have all experienced that sinking feeling when you realize you are getting sick. It seems so strange that while my husband and I may share the “same” illness, our symptoms aren’t always the same. His colds go…

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Adaptogens: The Stress Relievers

The possibilities of herbal healing are something most of us don’t even consider when faced with a health problem. We live in a time and place where over-the-counter drugs, doctors and pharmaceuticals are the common go-to. Herbal treatments are safe and effective. Learning to respect their power and potential, and how to include them as part of a health or…

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Dandelions. Not Just Weeds.

Most of us remember picking handfuls of dandelions for our mothers and delivering them with childlike joy. My daughters loved competing to see who could blow the most seeds off their dandelion “puff”, or seed head. Children seem to appreciate and take pleasure in the cheery yellow bloom but most adults consider this amazing plant a weed, expending great effort…

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Natural Flu and Cold Remedy: Red Raspberry Leaf

It seems like everyone is coming down with this winter’s flu virus. Both of my daughter’s families have contracted it, but unlike most people, they have learned a little secret that can stop it or reduce symptoms and speed recovery. I learned about this preventative for colds and influenza through my studies working toward my herbalist degree. It is always…

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Nettles: The Sting That Heals

If you have ever found yourself in a patch of stinging nettles you are unlikely to forget the experience. When my daughters were little they quickly learned to avoid nettle’s stings but often their friends could be heard howling in pain because they didn’t heed the warning, “Watch out! Those hurt!!” Luckily my daughters also knew which plants to crush…

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