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Drying, Preserving Flowers, Leaves

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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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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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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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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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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