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Find out why herbalists rely on digestive bitters to aid a wide range of digestion complaints or simply to promote and maintain healthy digestion.
Find out how wildcrafting wild plants can increase the health of plants and their ecosystems!
A New Book Review: Mountain States Medicinal Plants by Briana Wiles
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Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals Book Review
Plants that are high in phytonutrients are a strong ally for these sun-filled months. Many phytonutrients can decrease free-radical damage, strengthen skin cells and mediate UV damage. Often the most benefits are seen when we use them both externally and internally and for a long period of time.
These herbs don’t replace smart sun exposure such as limiting time in the full sun or wearing protective clothing, hats and/or sunscreen. Instead, think of these plants as powerful companions to maintaining vibrant and healthy skin.
The following five herbs are some of my favorite herbs for skin health, especially for protecting against UV damage...
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One of my favorite sounds of summer is the busy buzz of bees as they gather nectar from flowering plants and trees. What a wondrous partnership! Each worker bee drinks the sweet gift of nectar while simultaneously aiding the flower in reproduction through pollination.
The honey bee then transforms the foraged nectar into the sticky, sweet and enticingly delicious mixture we relish. And here another partnership can bloom, as beekeepers tend to the well-being of their hives, and receive the gift of honey.
In addition to being a sweet treat, honey has many medicinal virtues. According to a review in the Pharacognosy Research journal, it was historically used for a wide range of diseases, including “eye diseases, bronchial asthma, throat infections, tuberculosis, thirst, hiccups, fatigue, dizziness, hepatitis, constipation, worm infestation, piles, eczema, healing of ulcers, and wounds”. Today, studies have validated many of these uses, especially in regards to respiratory illness (including sore throats and coughs), eye disease and in the healing of wounds and burns.
While honey by itself offers us potent medicine, infusing medicinal herbs with honey is a simple yet powerful combination. Herbal honey is one of my favorite remedies, not only due to its safety and effectiveness, but I also love how this medicine can be made entirely from local ingredients, thus creating a beautiful and reciprocal relationship between plants, insects and humans.
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