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How To Use The “Folk Method” To Make Herbal Preparations

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When it comes to making herbal preparations, one of the simplest ways to go about it is to use the folk method. The folk method is often used by beginner herbalists because it’s a simple and easy method to follow, but that doesn’t mean it’s for beginners only. Many experienced herbalists continue to prefer this method of herbal preparation, especially those that tend to rely on their instincts when working with herbs. In this post, I’d like to explain what the folk method is, discuss the differences between it and ratio method, and walk you through the steps of making an herbal preparation using the folk method. What Is The Folk Method? The folk method is one of the simplest...
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Adaptogen Bliss Balls Recipe & Video

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Adaptogens are a category of tonic herbs that are often used to keep the general terrain of the body healthy and functioning properly. While there are many types of tonic herbs, adaptogens are often classed as endocrine system tonics, though they can have an effect on other body systems as well. While we’re not going to go into a lot of detail about specific adaptogen herbs and how they can support the body in this post, we are going to share a few important key points to know about these herbs as well as a delicious recipe and video tutorial for Adaptogen Bliss Balls from our newly updated Introductory Herbal Course! 4 Important Key Points To Know About Adaptogens There...
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Herbal Academy: The Journey

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One thing we can always count on is change! For us at the Herbal Academy, change usually means progress, an upward movement, a reach farther, a goal realized. With the recent changes and forward movements we’ve made (and continue to make) to the Herbal Academy web platform and our online foundational herbal courses, we thought this would be the perfect time to share the story of how it all began. The Herbal Academy, that is, and how our pursuit to bring high-quality, affordable online herbalism courses to students worldwide came to be. The following story is told by Herbal Academy Founder and Director, Marlene Adelmann, and is the story of how the Herbal Academy began and the evolution of how...
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5 Daily Self-Care Practices to Implement This Year

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The start of the new year is a wonderful time to reset intentions and adopt new and better methods of self-care. Also, Valentine’s Day may provide the inspiration to not only express love outwardly but to also give yourself a little self-love and extra care as well. Daily self-care practices are more than pampering or the occasional spa day. According to Ayurveda, how we care for ourselves on a daily basis has an immense impact on our overall health. Though herbal supports and a nourishing diet are pivotal to good health, without daily self-care practices and a nurturing lifestyle, resilient, vibrant health will be hard to come by. This article will describe some of the daily self-care practices that are time...
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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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