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Herb-Nutrient-Drug Interactions

This Review was carefully researched and written by Sarah Abernathy, the head of the research department – http://www.healthyliving.com/ Do you worry that the herbal remedies, high potency vitamins, and supplements you’re taking could interact with prescription drugs? You’re not alone. Nearly every day, someone contacts my research department to ask whether they can use herbal […]

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Don’t Take This with That! Common Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions

While herbs and vitamins are much safer than pharmaceutical drugs, there are some potential adverse reactions when taking them in combination. offers a comprehensive list by medications, here we will focus more on popular herbs, foods and vitamins, and how they react with selected drugs. Understanding Why Drugs and Herbs Interact There are two fundamental […]

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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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Drying, Preserving Flowers, Leaves

I love fresh flowers. But dried flowers make up about 85% of the arrangements in my house. Every holiday is an excuse to make a new dried flower arrangement in a vase or basket, to decorate a coffee table, or act as centerpiece on the dining room table. These arrangements are one of the reasons […]

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Collecting Wild Herbs

Nature, by its very design, provides a remedy for nearly any disease that may afflict a human being. This being the case, it is essential to know how to acquire and prepare the remedies. Acquisition of herbal remedies in the wild may not be as easy as some may think. If you cannot find the […]

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Harvesting Herbs

Herb gathering is a meticulous art; herbs should be picks at exactly the right moment when their various qualities are at their peak. For most herbs, this is usually during late spring and summer, and in the morning. Leaves should be picked young, just before the flowers open, when the leaf shoots contain concentrated medicinal […]

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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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Grow Herbs Inside – Tips

Growing herbs inside presents unique challenges, but it isn’t always complicated. The keys to successful herb growing inside are light, soil and water – just like out of doors gardening! Here’s some advice on the way to make the most sensible use of these elements in growing herbs inside. Boxes The very first thing you’ll […]

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Introduction to Herbs

What is an Herb? Any plant that has culinary, medical, cosmetic, veterinary or other use of some kind. The useful part is different with every plant, it can be the leaves, flowers, roots, barks or seeds. The plant can be a tree or shrub, a weed or an exotic flower, or one of the common […]

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How to Make Garlic Oil

Therapeutic Action: GARLIC is Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral and Anti-Fungal and Olive Oil is an Emollient. This oil can be used for abrasions, cuts, earaches and boils. Formula: Garlic Oil is made by the following Method: 1. Start to make the Oil, if possible, on a NEW Moon. 2. Fill a shallow Bowl or Soup Dish with […]

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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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Making Herbal Infusion Oils

The process I use to make herbal infusion oils is really very simple, but it requires a bit of patience. Start with a squeaky clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid or cork. I generally make only about 1oz at a time, so i use a 3 oz lab vial. Put the dried herb […]

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All About Tinctures

Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts of the medicinal properties of herbs. Tinctures represent one of many different ways to prepare and use herbs. The terms tincture and extract are often used interchangeably. Technically these terms are an indication of strength used by manufactures. ALCOHOL TINCTURES In most cases you should choose to make alcohol […]

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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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