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Yarrow apothecary tips herbal actions yarrow Jul 24, 2024

Yarrow is one of the most helpful and useful Western herbs I know and use. This lovely little wildflower, Achillea millefolium, offers multiple Herbal...

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Best Way to Make an Infused Herbal Oil & Healing Salve apothecary tips calendula diy and crafts healing kitchen hearth & home Jul 07, 2024

The idea of making an herbal oil can be intimidating. Will it spoil? Do the herbs need to be fresh or dried? How long will it last? Many would-be herbalists...

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Thyme apothecary tips herbal actions salve thyme Jul 03, 2024

One of my favorite scents, Thyme is a powerhouse of a healing herb. Most of us think of it for pizza or our favorite Italian or Middle Eastern dishes, but it...

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Cedar apothecary tips cedar postpartum Jun 12, 2024

The cedar tree is world-renowned and has much ancient history. But for this blog, we'll focus on a few of its herbal medicine actions.

Cedar as a Vermifuge

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Calendula apothecary tips calendula herbal actions May 22, 2024

Rather than tell you what you can easily find on the internet, I'm going to share with you some of my personal experiences with calendula (Calendula...

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Eucalyptus apothecary tips polynesian herbal medicine women healers of the world May 01, 2024

The following is an excerpt from Holly's award-winning documentary book Women Healers of the World: ...

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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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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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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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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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