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More Nummy Nettles! - Herbal Wisdom Wednesday

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More Nummy Nettles! - Herbal Wisdom Wednesday

More Nummy Nettles! It’s that perfect time of year to harvest fresh Stinging Nettle leaves if you haven’t already!  Urtica dioica (Perennial Stinging Nettle) & Urtica urens (Small Nettle) can be found in many untamed places the world over. They love nitrogen-rich, moist soil around rivers, creek-beds & formerly cultivated lands. If you are able & inclined, we highly encourage you to explore where it might be in your area and ethically harvest this incredible wild food! Being a wild food, Nettles are packed full of nutrients and trace minerals that are harder to get from farmed foods. Not only...

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Olive Leaf - Herbal Wisdom Wednesday

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Olive Leaf - Herbal Wisdom Wednesday

The Queen of the Mediterranean, Olive Trees are iconic to that region and are an important food source. We are all familiar with the benefits of eating Olive Oil, but did you know there are many benefits to be found in the Olive Leaf? Olive leaves contain high amounts of antioxidants, which bind to free radicals in the body, reducing inflammation and helping us heal and prevent numerous ailments. Olive Leaf contains one particular antioxidant in abundance: Oleuropein. Oleuropin is particularly anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-microbial. These constituents work wonderfully with our bodies, especially in regards to the Cardiac system, the...

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Are Oxymels the herbal preparation for you?

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Are Oxymels the herbal preparation for you?

Alcohol extracts, tinctures and glycerites are wonderful ways to take your herbs in concentrated liquid form but if those aren't to your tastes or you want to try something a little different, you may enjoy an herbal oxymel!  This combination of vinegar, honey and herbs can make a delicious addition to your herbal repertoire. This traditional recipe has been in use since at least Hippocrates time in Ancient Greece and was a staple of Renaissance pharmacopoeiae.  Aside from the inherent benefits of honey and vinegar, it was thought that the sweetness would make it easier to get people to take...

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Yarrow - Herbal Wisdom (Not) Wednesday

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Yarrow - Herbal Wisdom (Not) Wednesday

Better late than never!  Yarrow  (Achillea millefolium) is yet another extraordinary plant ally and arguably one of the most broadly useful in the medicinal sense. It can be found growing as a cultivated herb in the garden and as a roadside "weed", it's ability to thrive in challenging conditions no doubt contributing to the host of medicinal properties it contains! Read on for more about this incredible herb! Description: Achillea millefolium is native to most of the Northern Hemisphere and once established in a spot will typically continue to grow year after year.  "The leaves are alternate, 3-5 inches long, with many...

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Lovely Lavender - Herbal Wisdom Wednesday

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Lovely Lavender - Herbal Wisdom Wednesday

While there are tons of herbs out there with multiple uses, lavender (Lavendula spp.) is truly one of the most versatile. Not only is its fragrance and aromatic essence useful in cooking and aromatherapy, it's herbal therapeutic qualities make up quite the list. Lavender may be most widely know for its unique scent but its antibacterial, antimicrobial, expectorant, stress-relieving, antiseptic and analgesic properties are nothing short of fantastic. No summer survival (or first aid kit) would be complete without lavender.  It's essential oil is a standard for preventing and treating bug bites and other itchy conditions that often pop up when we...

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