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Don’t Mow the Grass Please

By the time August and September roll around in this household, every cup hook, doorknob, drawer pull and curtain rod to name a few are loaded up with bundles of herbs from the garden & the wild. Jars line the counter tops with tinctures and liniment preparations of assorted shapes and colors. Not to mention […]

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Sweet Betrayal Part 2

Sugar was first introduced to this country in 1751 by the Jesuits who brought sugar cane to New Orleans from Haiti. By 1791 commercial production was in full swing. Today, sugar is obtained from sugar cane or sugar beets and those beets are almost predominantly GMO.

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Sweet Betrayal Part 1

One of the main aspects of an herbal education is nutrition believe it or not. Although doctors get very little nutritional training in their education, herbalists are inundated with it. We start with nutrition and end with nutrition because after all, you truly are what you eat.

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Water is Life

During this giving season, I recall the greatest gifts I ever received from my herb teachers were the lessons of mindfulness and gratitude. Mindfulness and gratitude go hand in hand. One inevitably leads to the other. To think and feel deeply in the understanding of how our actions or inaction affect other people as well […]

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Duped

Did you ever wake up one day to find that a belief you’ve held strongly over decades was a complete and total lie? That’s exactly what happened to me. I’ll never forget the day I walked into herb school for nutrition class and seeing my somewhat eccentric teacher sporting a white stripe over his top […]

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What are essential oils and are they safe?

The Thymekeeper What are essential oils and are they safe? by Mari Marques Essential oils are highly concentrated and extremely potent substances containing the aromatic compounds from plants. There is really nothing essential about them and they aren’t necessarily oily in the fatty sense of the word. They are extracted from different parts of plants […]

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The Migration of the Thistle

As hundreds of thousands of refugees pour into other countries from the Middle East, I would suggest that plants are very much the same as people. Plants thrive under certain conditions and when those conditions become unfriendly or uninhabitable, they move or migrate. Weeds as we call them, are just plants and the fact of […]

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Herbal Supplements, Buyer Beware

If you’ve ever taken an herbal supplement and felt you didn’t get the desired results, it’s quite possible you didn’t get the actual product you thought you purchased. How do you know what you’re getting when you buy herbal supplements? As Cydney McQueen, a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy states […]

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Spice It Up This Cold & Flu Season

Every year about this time I find myself in the midst of hackers and sneezers. While most people seek out over the counter medications to relieve their symptoms, unfortunately some OTC medications can have some pretty serious side effects. Some raise blood pressure, some can even cause liver toxicity and most suppress normal immune response. […]

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Botanicals of the macabre

Although many plants today are considered food and remedies, some of them have a very sinister past with criminal records as long as your arm. Historically, one of the most notorious poisonous botanicals is Aconite; AKA Monkshood, devil’s helmet, wolfsbane, mother-in-laws poison.

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