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Ethnobotany: Exploring Our Relationships with Plants ethnobotany indigenous healers women healers of the world Apr 17, 2024

For a long time, I was fascinated with ethnobotany (I still am) to the point where I considered pursuing a PhD in the subject so that I could travel the...

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Raspberry apothecary tips postpartum women healers of the world Apr 10, 2024

Children love raspberry fruits: those thimble-shaped, red sweet-tarts that grow on long slender thorny branches, but herbalists prize the leaves. You can...

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An Herbalist Midwife: My Interview with Zapotec Dona Enriqueta Contreras indigenous healers midwifery women healers of the world Apr 03, 2024

The following is an excerpt from my in-person interview with Dona Enriqueta featured in the documentary book Women Healers of the World to inspire you:

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Midwifery Traditions indigenous healers midwifery women healers of the world Mar 27, 2024

The following is a brief excerpt from an essay about World Healing Traditions from my documentary book Women Healers of the World:

Midwifery Healing...

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Turmeric apothecary tips self development turmeric Mar 20, 2024

In addition to being a warming spice, a gorgeous deep-orange dye, and a popular anti-inflammatory especially for sore joints, turmeric is believed to be...

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Herbal Medicines of Hawaii: My Interview with Auntie Velma indigenous healers polynesian herbal medicine women healers of the world Mar 13, 2024

When I wrote my book Women Healers of the World, I traveled to meet many of the women in-person, to talk with them, learn about their traditions, and honor...

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Polynesian Herbal Medicine indigenous healers polynesian herbal medicine women healers of the world Mar 05, 2024

In Hawaii, the study of healing with plants is called La'au lapa'au. The following is an excerpt from an essay in my documentary book Women Healers of the...

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Fennel apothecary tips breastfeeding cough fennel herbal honeys herbal teas newborns postpartum Feb 21, 2024

Are you as in love with those feathery fragrant fronds as I am?! Fennel captures the heart and is an amazing herb in the garden, the kitchen, and the...

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Hawthorn & Rose: Healing the Heart apothecary tips grief rose self development valentine's day Feb 14, 2024

Holly's essay is excerpted from "Of Thorns and Thickets: Herbs That Give Us Heart" published in Taproot Magazine.

Like many plant people, in the course...

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Folic Acid During Pregnancy motherhood nutrition pregnancy Feb 07, 2024

If you’re trying to get pregnant or you already are, folic acid or extra folate in the diet is recommended by the CDC at 400 micrograms (0.4...

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Ideas for Using Fresh Herbs apothecary tips garden design tinctures Jan 02, 2024

When making medicines (with the exception of infusions, powders, and suppositories), fresh herbs are almost always preferable to dried. Fresh herbs still...

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Label Your Jars: Good Herbalist Habits apothecary tips diy and crafts Dec 27, 2023

If you're a new herbalist (or aspiring!), you may be seduced by glass jars, hinge jars, mason jars, canning jars, and bottles of all sorts and sizes. It's...

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