Review: Learn How to Make Herbal Remedies Online

Review: Learn How to Make Herbal Remedies Online
I have been interested in and learning about herbal remedies for the past 30 years. While in the past my learning has come reading countless books and attending workshops and classes, a few years ago an online resource that is excellent, for adults and kids! Maybe you've heard of them, Learning Herbs. John and Kimberly Gallagher have created the only herbal online resource of its kind. There is a strong focus on both kids and adults learning how to identify herbs in your own backyard and surrounding areas, what they're good for, how to process and harvest herbs, and ways herbs are used (in ...
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Herb Profile: Blackberry Leaf

Herb Profile: Blackberry Leaf
Blackberry Leaf Profile Also known as: Rubus fruticosus, Black Berry, Bramble, Dewberry, Goutberry, Rubi Fruticosi Folium, Rubi Fruticosi Radix, Rubus affinis, Rubus plicatus, Thimbleberry. Blackberries are sweet darkly colored fruits that grow on bushy vines in small clusters known as drupelets. In Britain, the same plant is usually called bramble, because of its prickly thorns. The plant is also known as cloudberry (in northern Europe) and dewberry (in the American South). Blackberry brambles can become quite invasive if left to their own devices. Many earth based and Wiccan religions...
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How to Grow and Maintain an Organic Blackberry Patch

How to Grow and Maintain an Organic Blackberry Patch
Each Blackberry plant can produce 10 to 20 pounds of fruit, so four to six plants can easily produce ample berries for a family of four.You might choose to plant more if you like to can or freeze crops from your garden. Another option for some is to plant a large enough Blackberry patch to share or trade their harvest with friends, family and neighbors. Having a neighborhood where community members trade various garden harvests is a popular and excellent way to eat locally, eat fresher and 'in-season' foods, and help form closer bonds with those who are nearby. Blackberries are vigorous ...
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Organic Certification: is it all it’s cracked up to be?

I had been a devoted "certified organic" shopper for 25 years, when something struck me while shopping in a well known supermarket in 2003. While selecting broccoli in the produce section I couldn't help but notice that the appearance of both the conventionally grown and the "certified organic" broccoli looked exactly the same! I picked up a bunch of each; felt them, smelled them, both seemed exactly the same... so, I bought both to perform a little experiment. I continued my shopping and as I walked each isle I began wondering... how was it that just a mere few years ago that none of my lo...
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A (Really) Short History of Medicine

A (Really) Short History of Medicine
A short history of medicine... Patient: "I have an ear ache." Physician: 2000 B.C. - Here, eat this root. 1000 A.D. - That root is heathen, say this prayer. 1850 A.D. - That prayer is superstition, drink this potion. 1940 A.D. - That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill. 1985 A.D. - That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic. 2000 A.D. - That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.
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How To Use a Broadfork (instead of digging garden beds)

How To Use a Broadfork (instead of digging garden beds)
This simple and primitive looking tool, the Broadfork, is one I highly recommend every garden. The Broadfork is used to loosen and aerate soil without causing disturbance to the beneficial organisms and ecology in your soil layers. I prefer using a Broadfork over using a rototiller any day. I find the Broadfork to be in alignment with my gardening philosophy, which is; observe, learn, then do only that which sustains all beneficial life-forms in the garden, and whenever possible avoid using things that keep us dependent on outside sources (such as: gas, oil, manufactured equipment that can an...
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How To Make Dandelion Root Powder

How To Make Dandelion Root Powder
Proper preparation of your dandelion root for wellness is as important as when it is harvested. George Cairns articulates below how this is done properly. I highly recommend following his instructions right down to every last detail. Cairns, near death from cancer, was told by his doctor that he had 6 months to live. Over 90 years old now, Cairns has lived to see over a decade of living cancer-free, he shares his story on how he was guided to use dandelion root powder to release cancer from his body. The other important consideration here is to harvest the dandelion 'yourself' in a place th...
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Dandelion Magic: George Cairns Story of Divine Intervention

Dandelion Magic: George Cairns Story of Divine Intervention
Below are two beautiful and touching stories. Carl, a friend of a friend, discovered he had cancer and heard about a man, George Cairns who also had a special story and a recipe that helped him to become cancer-free. Here are their stories... From Carl: Hi, my name is Carl and I have been a musician and friend of Victor Wooten for many years. 

Six years ago, I was diagnosed with advanced type-3 throat cancer. Even though it has a lower success rate, I decided to undergo radiation treatment rather than disfiguring surgery or debilitating chemotherapy. One of my neighbors told me about a 85...
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Eat the Weeds: Sauteed Dandelion Greens Recipe

Eat the Weeds: Sauteed Dandelion Greens Recipe
Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are wild, abundant, extremely nutritious, free food! 5 Tips on Harvesting Your Own Dandelion Greens for Peak Flavor Pick dandelion greens before the plant flowers; after flowering the greens can have a bitter flavor. Harvest dandelion greens in early spring, before the flowers appear is when they're the tenderest and least bitter. After the first frost in fall is another time when dandelion greens aren't so bitter. Boiling them will further reduce their bitterness. If you wish to have dandelion greens during or after they flower be sure to select on...
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Soothing Strawberry Facial Scrub

Use this strawberry facial scrub recipe on normal or combination skin. The strawberry seeds help to exfoliate old skin while the yogurt sooths. This picture shows one of my hanging baskets and how I had been growing my strawberries while living in an apartment. I found that growing strawberries in very large hanging baskets, available from any nursery, to be exceptionally easy to do and extremely easy to maintain... no weeding, no insect pests! The only thing you will need to be mindful of is if you're growing anything in one of these large baskets is the weight, they are quite heavy... ...
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