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Don't Pass Up the Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is an herb that simply doesn’t get enough attention. I’m gathering leaves for next weeks visit with the kids, and plan to make smoothies for the family. This aromatic herb buffers the nervous system by its volatile oils. These oils are a mild relaxant which equally effect the mind, heart and solar plexi in a cooling, relaxing way. A great plant medicine to use for those terrible twos for both children and parents, this herb offers better mental clarity and viral protection, too.  Lemon Balm is cooling, and thus useful for dissipating heat in the body, especially in...


Important Facts About ECHINACEA

Important Facts About ECHINACEA

ECHINACEA: the facts about this commonly used herb Echinacea has been widely advertised as a go-to for colds and flus, specifically immunity. But what about this herb? Let's discuss the values of Echinacea and when and why it should be utilized. Its beautiful red flower tells us it has an affinity for the blood, thus a blood cleanser or detoxifier. As an alterative herb, Echinacea is of great importance in opening the channels of elimination which is an important part of the process of detoxification. Alterative herbs adjust the metabolic processes of the body. As an immunological alterative Echinacea enhances...


Most Herbs are Drying - Learn to Identify Moistening Herbs

Most Herbs are Drying - Learn to Identify Moistening Herbs

Let's talk about moistening herbs. MOST herbs, like 90% (a guesstimate), have a drying effect on the body. And when used long term this drying effect can, well, dry us out. Even people living in humid environments know that despite the weather our lifestyles are drying. Indoor living, automated environments, environmental toxins, polluted foods, excessive caffeine, inorganic skin and body products, daily showers all lead to drying of the body, internally and externally. So it's good to be able to identify herbs that moisten, and these herbs have what's called a DEMULCENT action. Demulcent is a term used to define...


Herbals and Asthma

Dee Norleen

Asthma is a frightening condition to experience and witness. When triggered, the sacred breath of life is our only concern. The asthmatic condition is truly humbling and nerve-racking, the anxiety often creating a compounded trigger of emotional drain. Asthma is caused by inflammatory chemicals that inflame and narrow the bronchial tubes. Often increased mucus production further block the airways. It is commonly triggered by allergies, emotional disturbances, infection and pollutants, but often the triggers are difficult to isolate, making prevention a fleeting protocol. So what can we do naturally to minimize the worry of asthma attacks? As herbalists we look...


Stress and the Adrenals

Did you know that humans are designed to operate about 80% of the time in a parasympathetic state of the autonomic nervous system and 20% of the time utilizing the sympathetic state? This simply means that 80% of our time is designed to be doing things like relaxing, eating, digesting, having sex...things that involve no stress. The 20%, when the sympathetic system kicks in, is fight or flight... you know, running from tigers and wrestling alligators. How many of you are spending more than 20% of your time in high stress situations? Everyone, right?! So what happens is that the...