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Introducing The Most Complete Herbalism Textbooks in Beginner and Intermediate Levels

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There’s nothing better than walking into the library or a bookstore and experiencing the joys of the printed word with one’s senses. Your eyes take in row upon row of books of various sizes, shapes, and colors. You smell the faint scent of ink and paper when a book is cracked open or flipped through. Not much is heard other than the sound of silence as people browse through endless book options, the occasional flutter the pages make as they’re flipped through, or the dull sound of a book being placed back on a shelf. And then there’s the feel of a book in your hands—its weight, the texture of the cover, the coarseness of the paper. One of the...
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Essential Oil Bath Safety: What To Do & Not Do

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We are all well aware that the modern American lifestyle is very stressful. When you look up stress management techniques, you will find that a soothing evening bath is frequently on the list. As herbal practitioners, we may use a full, soaking bath, or we may use a smaller version of the bath such as a foot bath, hand bath, or sitz bath. We can then add herbal products to the bath to address the aforementioned stress or a wellness concern, or even just to enjoy a soothing, herbal experience. We often like adding aromatic herbs or extracts to a bath, and one category of those preferred aromatic extracts is essential oils. Regardless of how large of a bath we...
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How To Cope with Cabin Fever At Winter’s End

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The last weeks of winter can oftentimes feel the most challenging. The initial brisk excitement of winter is behind us and the frigid days seem longer and more bone-chilling than ever. At this point of the season, we can start to feel a little “stir crazy” in anticipation of the warmer spring days ahead when you can be outside with ease and comfort. Although spring is only a few weeks away, there’s no reason to sit and suffer through the end of winter! Herbs can help provide vital support for the challenges that come with winter’s end. In this article, I’ll share a few of my favorite ways to use herbs for coping with cabin fever as the winter season...
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The Beginner’s Guide to Making Money as an Herbal Writer

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If you enjoy writing, and you’re looking for creative ways to make money from your herbal know-how, then submitting articles to magazines and reputable online platforms may be a great option for you. For seven years, I worked as the health editor for a well-known sustainable lifestyle magazine. I received dozens of pitches per week from freelance writers hoping to be featured in the pages of our publication. Over time, I came to recognize a well-written and compelling pitch at a glance. I’ve summarized how to write a great pitch (also called a “query”) below, and by following these tips, you’ll be that much closer to becoming an herbal writer and landing your dream assignment. How To Make Money As...
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Tips To Finding Balance In Each Stage of Life

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According to Ayurveda, each stage of human life is linked to one of the three doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha (Lad, 2009). In addition, the rhythm of our lives is characterized by cycles such as sleep cycles, the turning of the seasons, and the daily transition from night to day. Each of these cycles plays a fundamental role in how we live our lives, and understanding this assists in finding balance at each stage of life. Whether in childhood, adolescence, adulthood, or old age, our bodies and minds develop, ripen, and transform with the turning of the years. Aging is inevitable and something to be celebrated rather than feared. This article will explore some tips for finding balance in each...
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How To Care For Your Family Naturally As A Family Herbalist

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Herbalism comes in many shapes and sizes—there is certainly no one-size-fits-all for how you can practice and explore this lifestyle. There are many ways one can practice as an herbalist—one very popular way is being a Family Herbalist! A Family Herbalist is one who prefers to stay a little closer to home when putting their herbal knowledge to good use. They do this by helping friends and family faced with everyday wellness challenges life brings their way. They often offer wellness support with suggestions on diet, hygiene, rest, lifestyle, and more in addition to having a home apothecary filled with herbs and preparations for wellness support. Above all, the qualities of a Family Herbalist often include a nurturing spirit and...
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How a Diet for Eczema Changed This Toddler’s Eczema Rash

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019 Deneen Carter is a licensed cosmetologist and has battled eczema for many years now. Her daughter, Kya has suffered from terrible flare ups and has even contracted cellulitis – a common bacterial skin infection. A few weeks ago, Deneen asked to share Kya’s story with us. Full disclosure – some images might be graphic to some readers, but it’s the terrible truth of this often debilitating skin condition. If you’re dealing with a toddler eczema rash at the moment or want to learn how a diet for eczema can heal your little one’s eczema, then we recommend reading this blog post. By Deneen Carter (see bio below) Many Americans nationwide suffer from this roller coaster...
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Honey: A Natural Eczema Remedy

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Last Updated on February 25, 2019 By Jennifer Roberge (bio below) I am a big believer in the healing properties of Manuka Honey for eczema. Why? Because it is the key ingredient in our go-to eczema cream. The one that has helped my son’s chronic dry, scaly eczema as well as my daughter’s more minor, red inflamed eczema. The natural cream I’m in love with, not just because it provides relief for my children, but because it really works wonders on my overly dry, sensitive skin. My husband (who is very anti-skin care products) even uses it on his face! But I digress, let’s talk more about the Manuka Honey – eczema benefits and how honey heals skin. Please keep in...
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Rashes from Rheumatoid Arthritis: Is It Eczema, Psoriasis or Something Else?

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Last Updated on February 5, 2019 By Dr. Brent Wells (see bio below) Itchy skin is one thing, but when sore joints accompany it, it can make your life miserable. You may have considered these two ailments to be completely separate and unrelated up to this point. Is there any possible way that one could be connected to the other? Your dry skin is on the surface and arthritis stays hidden, but there is evidence that the two could be related. Find out more about these medical conditions (including rheumatoid vasculitis), their relationship to one another, and possible treatment options to get some relief. Are Rashes from Rheumatoid Arthritis and Eczema Connected? Any person that is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis...
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The Best Supplements for Eczema to Treat Inflammation, Immunity & the Gut

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Last Updated on January 29, 2019 By Dr. Erica Armstrong (bio below) – When healing from inflammation it’s important to supply the body with the proper nutrients, minerals and antioxidants from food; however, sometimes supplementation is necessary.  Today I’m going to share the best supplements for eczema symptoms and root causes you may want to try. In a functional whole person approach toward healing and preventing eczema, we can begin by asking two questions: Does this person need to be rid of something? (e.g. infection, allergen, stress) Does this person have an unmet individual need, that if replaced, would lead to nature’s tendency toward healing? (e.g. nutrients, vitamins, sleep, restoration) This post will focus on the second question. Although we prefer...