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In the Buzz About Bees, Don’t Forget the Natives

In the Buzz About Bees, Don’t Forget the Natives | Herbalism | Scoop.it

A study shows that wild bees are more effective pollinators than honeybees. As domestic honeybees decline, native bees will become even more important.

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Donna Brown's curator insight, May 23, 2013 11:20 AM

I would love to have hives to take care of!  So many people seem more afraid of bees then they realize the huge importance of this species!

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Gardening with Kids: Tips and Advice for Starting an Active and Healthy Habit

Gardening with Kids: Tips and Advice for Starting an Active and Healthy Habit | Herbalism | Scoop.it
For adults, gardening can be one of the most rewarding activities of summer. However, getting kids to enjoy the same activity may present challenges for some parents and caregivers.

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I think all children can benefit from learning how to garden, alfter all they will one day be the stewards of our planet!

Ron Wolford's curator insight, June 1, 2013 6:36 PM

WTOP: Washington, DC

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5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants

5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants | Herbalism | Scoop.it

Before reaching for the chemical sprays, try planting these easy-to-grow plants which have natural mosquito-repelling properties.


Follow the photo-link for find the list of these easy to grow plants.

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Fernando Hortelano Vázquez de Prada's curator insight, June 16, 2013 1:53 PM

Conviene conocer, ahora que llega el verano, las plantas más rústicas y eficaces para #repeler #mosquitos: Citronella winterianum, Tagetes sp., Ageratum sp., Nepeta cateria y Monarda citriodora.

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Brick Herb Markers for Your Garden

Brick Herb Markers for Your Garden | Herbalism | Scoop.it

Using a pencil print your word on a brick and go over it with a permanent marker. This is how they will look during the first year. If you prefer a faded look, lightly rub over the writing with a fine grit sandpaper.

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Christine Deckert Zimmerman's insight:

Awesome Idea!  Now I know what to do with all my extra bricks!

Art Home Naturel''s curator insight, March 17, 2013 8:48 AM

Après les tiges de bois, les pavés recyclés....

A vos créations..........

Richard Spencer's curator insight, June 18, 2013 6:43 AM

what  to  do  with  your  spare  bricks  note  you  can  do  this  with    large  sones  too

Rebecca Evans Was Carroll's curator insight, June 26, 2014 3:36 PM

I love these, you could also write a fab family message for your garden

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Recipes for a Healthy Lunch from the Medicinal Herb Seminar - Vegetable Gardener

Recipes for a Healthy Lunch from the Medicinal Herb Seminar - Vegetable Gardener | Herbalism | Scoop.it
Last weekend, I participated in the Medicinal Herb Seminar at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas, where I provided the recipes for lunch.

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Tony at GHP's curator insight, May 1, 2013 10:31 AM

A topic that appeals to me a lot but I never get around to doing much about it.  If you're in the same position, maybe this article will help

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mau dong
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Making Your Own Herbal Extracts-Basic Recipe

Making Your Own Herbal Extracts-Basic Recipe | Herbalism | Scoop.it
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While paying for the convenience of a manufactured herbal extract can be nice, we herbalists have found that the best medicines are those we make ourselves. Not only that, but for those of us that incorporate extracts into our daily diet the costs really begins to add up. Making your own extracts will save you hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars.
This recipe is the simplest way to make your own liquid herbal extracts in your own home. Start with a clean jar that has a tight fitting lid and the herbs of your choice. If you can use fresh herbs, then fabulous! Fresh material is always preferred but availability is determined by your local bio-region, climate, etc and many quality herbs may not be available. If you cannot locate fresh materials, be sure to get good quality, organic herbs from a reputable supplier. Note: Try not to use powdered herbs; they will be difficult to filter out in the end and the debris will settle in your final product.
If using fresh material, chop the herbs finely. Then put in the glass jar. Next, pour a good, strong grain alcohol or Vodka over the herbs, completely covering the herbal material. If you are using dried herbs you will need to add more alcohol over the next day or two as the dried herbs absorb and expand. A good ratio for dried material is about 1 part herb to 5 parts alcohol and with fresh material 1 part herb to 3 parts alcohol.
After you have done this, cover with tight fitting lid and be sure to place a plastic bag sandwiched between the lid and the jar. This will prevent rust contamination from spoiling your extract.
Shake well and place the jar in a dark place & allow the herbs to soak or macerate for 4 to 6 weeks. Shake every few days. The alcohol will siphon and extract the active constituents from the herbs. After 4 to 6 weeks strain the herbs. Use a large sieve, strainer, press or potato ricer lined with fine mesh cloth or cheesecloth. Then pour into another large bowl or container. After you have done this grab the soggy herbal material and place in muslin, cheese or another fine cloth and tightly squeeze the material to extract every last drop from the cloth. The herbal material left over that is saturated, is the strongest in terms of active medicinal constituents. Now funnel the material from your larger container into smaller bottles, preferably amber bottles and store your tinctures in a cool dark place. Voila! You have now made your own remarkable medicinal herbal extract for a fraction of the price you would have paid at the store. By now you have probably noticed that your pantry is stored with some 16-20 ounces of liquid herbal extract……this will last you for some time. (It will keep for 3-5 years) Enjoy!

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Basic Herbalism: The Use of Medicinal Herbs

Basic Herbalism: The Use of Medicinal Herbs | Herbalism | Scoop.it

Discover more about non-fiction herbalism and herbal remedies that can help remove symptoms. This guide discusses several herbs that can be used to cure common problems. You never thought garlic could be used in a cure did you?

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Preserving Fruit Flavors in Alcohol: Homemade Liqueurs

Preserving Fruit Flavors in Alcohol: Homemade Liqueurs | Herbalism | Scoop.it

Better than store bought and packed with flavor, these little liqueur gems are versatile in the kitchen and very easy to make. What’s more, they make terrific gifts at holiday time. What could be better than that?


Find recipes by following the photo-link.

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Christine Deckert Zimmerman's insight:

I love making Homemade Liqueurs.  My favorite?  Elderberry!

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Gardening and its Health, Mental and Financial Benefits

Gardening and its Health, Mental and Financial Benefits | Herbalism | Scoop.it

There are many great perks to gardening. It makes your home look welcoming, adds warmth to a bare room, and burns some extra calories. 


Follow the photo-link to read more.

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I especially love the therapy it provides me :)

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The 7 Homemade Weed Killers

The 7 Homemade Weed Killers | Herbalism | Scoop.it

"And the weeds of the garden shall be visited upon the gardener.”


"I can certainly think of the7+ weedy sins of the garden but knowing how to cleanse my garden of these weeds is even better. Especially if it can be done cheaply and with household items. Murdering weeds is a fun past time.

So, for your reading enjoyment, here are The 7 Deadly Homemade Weed Killers, guaranteed to help you eradicate the weeds you find in your garden."


Follow the photo-link to find the auithor's list.

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I've made several and they work exceptionally well!

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How sacha inca oil may lower the risk of living with depression

How sacha inca oil may lower the risk of living with depression | Herbalism | Scoop.it

Very informative article on the benefits of Sacha inchi nuts. This is the first time I hear about Sacha Inchi. The jungle of Peru has so many natural roots and seeds that are healthy for you

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Methods of Making Herbal Oils

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Methods of making Herbal Oils

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Medicinal Oils can be used alone, or can form the basis of salves and balms. The general principal is simple: Oil + heat + herbs = Herbal Oil. The quality and strength of your homemade herbal oils depends not so much on exact measurements, as it does on making sure you cover all the plant matter, so no spoilage occurs. The most versatile and easy system for measurements is the simplers method, because it is based on ratios, measurements are referred to as "parts", for instance 1 parts dried herb ,5 parts oil is a very common herbal oil formula. There can so much variation in the strength of herbs (due to growing and harvesting conditions, fresh or dried, etc.) that even if you follow the exact measurements, each batch will still be slightly different. In my experience, the length of time the oil macerates, and the amount of heat applied are the biggest determining factors in how strong your oil becomes.

Using a very high quality organic oil such virgin olive oil, or safflower oil, is as just as important as the quality of the herbs used. You will find that making herbal oils and other preparations is not an exact science, and each batch is always a learning opportunity. Mountain Rose is my supplier of choice for all bulk oils and herbs that I do not grow myself or obtain from local organic farmers. Homemade herbal oils are fresher, contain no chemical preservatives, and save loads of money. All of The following methods can be used, the one you choose depends on how strong you want your oil to be, and how much time you have to make it.

Solar infusion: Using the 'simplers' measure, place the herbs and oil in a glass jar and cover tightly. Place in a warm,sunny window and let infuse for about 2 weeks. Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or white wine to help break down the plant material. Strain and rebottle. For a stronger oil, add a fresh batch of herbs and let infuse for two more weeks.Oven Extraction: Place the herbs and oil in a canning jar, or a container with a tight fitting lid. Put them in a pan with enough water to cover the bottom half of the jar. Turn the oven on the lowest temperature possible and heat for several hours. This is a good method for those days when you are going to be around the house all day. I have better luck with this than the faster double boiler method, because the oil doesn't tend to overheat, and you don't have to watch it so carefully.Double boiler method. Place herbs and oil in a double boiler ,covered with a tightly fitting lid and bring to a slow simmer. SLOWLY heat for 1/2 hour to an hour, checking frequently to make sure oil is not overheating. The lower the heat and longer the infusion time the better quality of oil.Crockpot method. Place herbs and oils in crockpot and set on lowest possible heat. You will have to experiment with your own crockpot as the strength of the heating element can vary quite a bit, but as a general rule 2 to 4 hours will do it. (my crockpot is just too hot for this method) Electric roasters have an even lower heat source and herbal oils can be left to steep for 2 weeks.

Once the herbs have been infused into the oil, strain the mixture, bring to room temperature. You may then add a few drops of essential oils such as lemon, or rosemary for even more stimulating properties as well as a nice fresh scent. Rebottle and enjoy.

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The Pharmacy in Your Kitchen

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The Pharmacy In Your Kitchen

" Onions:
In the Middle Ages, onions were used as a charm to ward off the Plague.
According to Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654), "the juice dropped into the
ears eases the pains and noises in them." Until comparatively recently
it was not uncommon for a mother to put the warmed core of an onion, or
some onion juice, into her child's ear to relieve the pain of earache.
Roasted onion has also been used in the past as a poultice for weeping
ulcers and chilblains.
A slice of onion is reputed to remove warts. The Greeks used onion juice as a treatment for alopecia.
Onions also help to reduce high blood pressure.
They protect against the harmful effects of fatty foods on the blood,
and this may help prevent circulatory diseases such as coronary heart
disease, thrombosis, and a wide range of conditions associated with
strokes and poor circulation.
Research has shown that onions may offer protection against cancer, as
it is believed that the sulphur compounds may help prevent the growth of
cancer cells.
Onion cough syrup is very easy to make.
Slice an onion (or garlic) and place in a bowl, layering it with sugar or honey.
Cover and leave overnight.
Pour off the resulting syrup into a bottle and refrigerate.

Garlic does everything an onion does, and more! It is a natural
antibiotic and decongestant, and is of particular benefit for chest
infections. Try rubbing a slice of garlic on the sole of your foot;
within a few minutes you will be able to detect garlic fumes on your
breath! A study of 16 000 Chinese found that people with the highest
intake of garlic and onions were the least likely to suffer from stomach
cancer. Taken daily, it will help lower blood pressure and blood
cholesterol levels.

Heated cabbage leaves can be worn inside the bra to relieve mastitis.
They ma y also be applied to bruises. Cabbage is an excellent remedy for
gastric ulcers. It speeds up oestrogen metabolism in women, which may
offer protection against hormone-related cancers such as breast or
ovarian cancer. It also suppresses the growth of intestinal polyps. The
crucifer/brassica family of vegetables, which includes Brussels sprouts
and broccoli, contain a compound which can cause some types of cancer
cell to self-destruct. They are particularly beneficial in lung, colon
and breast cancers.

A slice of raw potato applied to a black eye will reduce swelling. An
old-fashioned treatment for chilblains is a poultice of mashed potatoes
and turnips mixed with a little turpentine. The raw juice, or the water
used to boil potatoes, can help to relieve painful joints when applied
as a compress.

Fresh beetroot juice is an extremely concentrated source of vitamins
and minerals. It contains anti-carcinogens and stimulates the immune

Shitake mushrooms:
Research suggests that they help combat auto-immune diseases such as
rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. They also lower blood sugar
and cholesterol levels.

Helps to relieve joint pain by removing uric acid build-up in the
joints; the seed s are particularly beneficial in the treatment of gout.

Treat stomach upsets with grated apple, left to turn brown and mixed
with a little honey. The pectin in apples helps to regulate the
digestive system and improves nutrient absorption. 'An apple a day keeps
the doctor away!'

Wasp stings can be relieved by the application of lemon juice. Lemon juice can help dissolve gallstones.

Bananas help to strengthen the lining of the stomach, protecting it
from acid and ulcers. Put the inside of a piece of banana skin against a
verucca or corn and cover it with a plaster.

Protect against bladder and kidney infections. Take as a preventative
rather than as a treatment - be aw are that most cranberry juice
products contain large quantities of sugar, which will actually make
cystitis worse.

It is a common misconception that peptic ulcers are caused by a spicy
diet. In fact, research suggests that a bacterium (Helicobacter pylori)
is the usual culprit. In herbal medicine, spices such as cardamom and
ginger are actually used to aid digestion.

Black pepper:
Stimulates the digestion, eases flatulence, relieves constipation and improves the circulation.

Relieves indigestion, freshens the breath, and helps stop belching,
heartburn and vomiting. It can be used in the treatment of colds, coughs
and bronchitis.

Cayenne pepper and Chillies:
Tonic to the digestive and circulatory systems and helpful in the
treatment of chilblains. Useful in the treatment of sinusitis and other
catarrhal conditions.

Used for indigestion, flatulence and diarrhoea.

Coriander seeds:
The seeds stimulate the digestive system, and are also prescribed for the treatment of diarrhoea and cystitis.

Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and a liver tonic. Turmeric is also used to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

A small piece of ginger can be chewed to relieve toothache and mouth
ulcers. It is one of the best remedies for nausea, morning sickness and
travel sickness. It aids digestion and eases flatulence and griping
pains. It reduces joint pain in rheumatoid arthritis. Make a massage oil
by mixing one part freshly grated ginger to five parts olive oil in a
clear glass jar. Leave at room temperature for 24 hours, strain and
bottle. Ginger improves the circulation, particularly in the hands and
feet, and increases the strength of the heartbeat. It is a useful remedy
for chilblains and Raynaud's disease. Taken at the first signs of a
cold or flu, ginger helps to clear a blocked nose and stimulates the
liver to remove toxins from the bloodstream. Add a teaspoon of freshly
grated ginger, the j uice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey to a
mug of boiling water.

Hot water poured on to crushed mustard seeds and used as a footbath is said to ward off flu and to relieve headaches.

most of our culinary herbs have medicinal properties too

Coriander leaves:
help to strengthen the tissues of the urinary tract and are used to treat urinary tract infections.

a natural tranquilliser, calming to the nervous system.

stimulate the appetite and help the digestion during convalescence.

relieves griping and flatulence.

prevents excessive wind and relieves nausea and vomiting. It is also taken for insomnia.

sage tea makes an excellent antiseptic gargle for a sore throat or a
mouthwash for bleeding gums. The leaves can be chewed to relieve
toothache. Sage is also taken to relieve anxiety, menopausal flushing or
excessive sweating. It aids the digestion of rich, heavy food.

an infusion may be used as an antiseptic gargle or as an expectorant for coughs and catarrh.

freshens the breath.

stimulates the circulation and the nervous system. A weak infusion will
help relieve nervous headaches, neuralgia and colds. It also makes an
excellent antiseptic gargle.

mint tea is used to treat indigestion and headaches. A hot infusion can help at the start of a cold.

said to relieve menstrual pain, depression, chronic diarrhoea and neuralgic pain.

Live yoghurt is a good source of beneficial bowel flora, and should
always be taken after antibiotic therapy. It discourages the
proliferation of harmful bacteria and yeasts in the gut, and relieves
digestive disorders including both diarrhoea and constipation. It can be
applied externally for thrush. It is also very soothing for sunburn.

Honey has antiseptic proper ties, and can be used as an ointment for
wounds. Manu ka honey from New Zealand is an excellent treatment for leg

a handful of oats wrapped in a piece of muslin can be used in the bath
to relieve irritated or itchy skin; this is particularly beneficial for
chickenpox. Oats are a nutritive tonic for the nervous system and, eaten
regularly, will help the body to cope with stress. Oatbran lowers blood
cholesterol and helps prevent constipation.

Lemon barley water is a soothing drink for cystitis. Put 40g of whole
barley grains into 12mls water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 30
minutes, adding the juice of a lemon towards the end. Strain. This may
be sipped regularly throughout the day. NB. Although lemon juice is
acidic, by the time it reaches the urine it is alkaline and will not
irritate the bladder.

vinegar should be applied to jellyfish or wasp stings. Cider vinegar,
taken with a little honey, can help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis
and stimulate the liver to produce more bile.

Olive oil:
rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which lower the amount of LDL, or bad cholesterol, in the blood.

bathe blistered feet in a salt footbath.

arrowroot is an ideal food for convalescents and helps to relieve digestive upsets.

Bicarbonate of soda:
bee stings can be relieved by bicarbonate of soda. Because it is alkaline, it will help to relieve the burning of cystitis.

flat coke is an excellent for rehydration if you are suffering from
diarrhoea (the artificial sweeteners in 'diet' coke may cause or
exacerbate diarrhoea). Pepsi is so-called because it was originally
marketed as a digestive remedy.

Tonic water:
the quinine in tonic water helps to relieve cramps

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What are your reasons for practicing herbalism and the herbal arts?

Question by Lady Winter Wolf: What are your reasons for practicing herbalism and the herbal arts? I do it for medicinal reasons (alternative medicine), aromatherapy, kitchen (cooking) and spiritually (use in spellcraft). I have my own herb gardens, growing and harvesting for my own use mostly, but I do share when I can. Best answer: [...]Read more about more articles on Alternative Herbal Treatment Related posts: Free | Herbalism Trust Nature For A Healthier And Disease Free Life Posted By : Herbsonlinehere Q&A: aromatherapy oils? Is their a website that describes the aromatherapy scents and what they are good for? Where is the best place to buy essential oils online? Cleanser | Chinese Herbalism And Chinese Herbal Medicine Posted By : Brain

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