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A Deviation from Allopathic Medicine: How Herbal Medicine Saved my Life

Most people who start looking into herbal medicine do so because modern or western medicine has failed them or someone they love in horrible ways. I started my “divorce from western medicine” almost 5 years ago. Even though I knew about the dangers of the standard American diet many years before, as a single working mother of 2 special needs children, I had neither the time nor the energy to investigate it properly.

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Herbalism Homesteading Wild Foods

Kid Friendly Herbal Preparations

The mention of medicinal herbs often conjures up a picture of a steaming cup of tea or a dropper full of essential oils. While both are worthy ways of using herbs, there are so many other ways to enjoy their benefits. When it comes to herbs and their abilities, much is still not understood. We […]

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Herbalism Homesteading Wild Foods

Elderflowers and their Many Uses

The majestic Elder has been held in high regard by many people’s for centuries as food and medicine. Most think of the berries but the flowers themselves have many benefits, and unlike the berries you don’t have to be so selective. The flowers can and have been used interchangeably. Elderflower pollen has natural yeast and […]

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Herbalism Wild Foods

Wild Foods: Raw Honey

Honey is a staple that deserves a place in both the pantry, and the medicine cabinet. Humans have been using it as food and medicine for 8,000 years. This makes it an old and trusted friend, however, not all honey is the same. Most people today are familiar with the pasteurized, and ultra filtered honey […]

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Herbalism Paganism

A History of Beltane: How Modern-Day Pagans Celebrate

Beltane has a long been celebrated due to its association with fertility and the success of agrarian cultures. In the northern hemisphere it is celebrated on May 1st (October 31st in the Southern hemisphere). It marks the halfway point between the Spring Equinox (Ostara) and the Summer Solstice (Midsummer).

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Herbalism Homesteading Wild Foods

The Process of Ice Water Distillation:Rose Hydrosol

Since ancient times roses have been known to be, not only beautiful, but a nutritional and medicinal powerhouse.  It was also used as a constituent in perfume. Greek, Romans and Phoenician cultures considered large gardens of roses to be as important as orchards and wheat. The oil used in perfume was the essential oil of […]

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Herbalism Homesteading

Fire Cider: History and Ingredients

Somewhere between 1979 and 1980, Rosemary Gladstar, a master herbalist, created an amazing herbal vinegar that started a long tradition for herbalists.  As herbalists, we believe in community.  We believe that sharing common knowledge about herbs, their availability and their ability to heal is integral to our communities being responsible for their own health. I […]

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Herbalism Paganism

The Power of Crystals: Charging, Cleansing and Programming

If you have ever walked by a shop selling crystals or attended a gem & mineral show, you completely get the lure of beautiful stones.  These stones are not just pretty. Each element and stone vibrate at a particular frequency. There are so many different types: Rough, tumbled smooth, fossilized, faceted… Stones and crystals come […]

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Herbalism Wild Foods

Native harvests: Orange Day Lilly, Hemerocallis fulva

Although the day Lilly is not native to North America it is naturalized and grows wild almost anywhere. It’s a great source of food, the tubers, fresh spring greens and the blossoms are all edible. My most recent meal used tubers and spring greens, so that’s what I’ll be focusing on. True lillies are toxic. […]