Vegetable and herbal oil are used in creams, lotions, massage, facial and body oils, gels, and salves. Sweet Almond (Prunus amygdalis var. dulcis) and Apricot Kernel (Prunus armeniaca): emollients, can relieve itchiness and dryness. Arnica (Arnica montana): indicated for bruises, varicose veins, burns, strains and sprains, arthritis, and myalgia. Avocado (Persea Americana): wonderful oil for … Continue reading Your Apothecary Cabinet: Common Base Oils
Serving medicine for dinner may not seem terribly appetizing, but most cultures traditionally eat much of their medicine. It may not be a coincidence that nature has provided so many of our medicinal needs in herbs that taste good. When you want to take herbs over a long period of time - either to treat … Continue reading Cooking for Health
Consider these conscious companies when shopping for herbal ingredients. Many of us like to take our health into our own hands and create our own herbal remedies such as tinctures, teas, salves, and oils. Of course, growing our own herbs is the absolute best way to get the freshest possible ingredients. But there are many … Continue reading 4 Bulk Herb Wholesalers You Can Trust
Books are an invaluable resource for the home herbalist, and growing your home library over time is always a great idea. Having at least three herbal books or resources available is absolutely necessary when studying plants and creating a materia medica. Still, there are so many fantastic books available – where should you begin? Here are 6 herbal medicine books … Continue reading HERBAL MEDICINE BOOKS WORTH THE INVESTMENT
In 1874, in the Valley of the Tombs near Luxor, the German Egyptologist Georg Ebers discovered the world's oldest surviving medical text, a 65-foot papyrus dating from shortly after the time of Joseph, around 1500 B.C. The Ebers Papyrus listed 876 herbal formulas from more than 500 plants, including aloe, caraway, cardamom, castor, chamomile, cinnamon, coriander, fennel, … Continue reading Imhotep and the “Stinking Ones” of the Nile
The cottager and smallholder in this country greatly neglect either to grow or collect herbs. You, as a thrifty housewife, often do not realise how much they can be used in preparing appetising meals or in saving the doctor's bills by making simple medicines from the herbs and so called weeds which often abound in … Continue reading A Broadcast Circa 1930 on Growing & Using Herbs by Mrs. Maude Grieve
Whether you are collecting the flowers, leaves or stems, you should always harvest them on a sunlit day and only when the dew has dispersed from the plants and prior to the garden being filled with the day’s full heat. In case the plants contain volatile oils, for instance, lemon balm and mints, it is … Continue reading Harvesting Herbs
Herb Day is always on the first Saturday of May. HerbDay 2016 Set for May 7th! The 11th annual HerbDay will take place Saturday, May 7, 2016. HerbDay is an international celebration of herbs and herbal products that are packed with events aimed at educating and sharing ideas about the many ways herbs bring joy and … Continue reading Herb Day!
Echinacea angustifolia was used extensively by the North American Plains Indians for general medical purposes. In the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, Echinacea was used for treating infection with anthrax, snakebites and also as a pain reliever. In the late 1920's and early 1930's Echinacea became extremely popular in Europe and North America as a … Continue reading ‘Elk Root’
Herbs have caught the imagination of mankind ever since its advent on the earth. They have been admired for their beauty and fragrance, and savored for their flavor, for thousands of years. Moreover, they have been used as medicines for common ailments and injuries like sore throat and battle wounds, as well as more … Continue reading Healing Herbs!