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Starting an Herbal Garden

When planning an herbal garden it is important to decide what herbs you want to grow. Then decide where you’re going to plant them. Will it be indoors or outdoors? Is there enough sunlight? Is the soil loose with good drainage or very firm and rocky? And so on; these are just a few things […]

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What You MUST Know About Herbal Medicine

So you’d really like to begin using herbs to help improve your health, but, where do you start? There are SO many different herbs and so many different websites touting how this herb will cure this and that herb will cure that. And then, there’s the other websites which say very different things about the […]

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Making, Using a Healing Poultice

Herbal poultices were relied on in our grandparent’s day to ward off more life threatening afflictions like pleurisy, bronchitis and pneumonia. An old stand-by was the mustard poultice which was thought to “burn out” a pulmonary infection. The 1867 British Pharmacopoeia lists the instructions for making a Cataplasm sinapsis or poultice. Two and a half […]

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Planting and Cultivating Herbs

Preparing the Ground/Planting It is important in the planning of a growing area for herbs that you take into consideration certain factors: * What is the purpose for growing this plant? * What type of environment does this plant need? * Is this plant happiest in sun or shade; wet, dark soil or sandy loam? […]

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Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz – Oh What a Relief it Is!

Go straight to acid reflux natural treatments: Aromatherapy | Herbal | Crystal Therapy | Homeopathy | Nutritional | Reflexology/Acupressure | Other Home Remedies Do you remember that Alka Seltzer commercial? If you’re anything like me, that jingle is now stuck in your head (sorry!). The thing is, while over-the-counter meds may help symptoms short-term, they […]

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Herbal Preparation Methods

There are many methods for preparing herbs for therapeutic effect. Here are some of the most popular. Infusion Infusions are basically a herbal tea. You let the herb steep in hot or cold water for a while, then either reheat and drink, or drink it cool. You can use infusions in a bath, as a […]

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Profiling Essential Oils

How to conduct your own aroma profile on an essential oil. Like most perfumes, essential oil aromas change over time. This easy system will help you profile your oils and keep the information for reference when formulating your own blends. Time Required:2-14 hours Here’s How: 1. Dip a scent strip in a selected essential oil. […]

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10 Super Foods that Help Heartburn

Heartburn and indigestion (also known as acid reflux) make millions of people miserable. Continuous digestive problems can be a symptom of overeating, bad food choices or something more serious. What Is Heartburn? Although it may not sound like it, heartburn is a painful condition involving the upper digestive system, not the heart. The pain often […]

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Essential Oils for Emotional Security

Self-improvement is about finding balance and happiness in our daily lives. The most important area in which we can achieve balance is in our own emotional security. After all, we cannot find true balance in relationships, our work environment, and even spiritually until we achieve self-acceptance, self-control, understanding and compassion. And while many of us […]

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Combining Forces – Essential Oils, Reflexology

By D.S. Braun – Certified Aromatherapist, Certified Reflexologist Introduction In the holistic health care field many healing modalities have become the subject of interest and study for healthcare providers, holistic practitioners and the general populace alike. Many are finding that the combination of two or more therapies brings quicker, more complete relief from physical, emotional, […]

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Crystal Reflexology

First select a quartz crystal which has a very good polished/smooth single-terminated point. Then remove socks, tights and/or footwear. Instructions below are for someone giving a crystal reflexology treatment to a ‘client’ – but this method is just as easily administered and just as effective if you are treating yourself. Also keep in mind that […]

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