All that man needs for health and healing has been provided by God in nature, the Challenge of science is to find it. (Paracelsus)

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Tincture making: Calculations for alcohol of different proofs

By |September 5th, 2015|

Intro – Tinctures

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Tinctures are liquid extracts made from herbs that you take orally (by mouth). They are usually extracted in alcohol, but they can also be extracted in vegetable glycerine or apple cider vinegar. Tinctures are easy and convenient to use and have a long shelf life.

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Doctor’s Advice: Herbal Therapy Can Help You Deal with Depression

By |September 4th, 2015|

Doctor’s Advice: Herbal Therapy Can Help You Deal with Depression

Depression is a mood disorder fairly common in the United States, as 1 in 10 American adults reports symptoms. This condition can be caused by many factors, such as neurological (changes that occur in our body, chemical imbalances), hormonal (thyroid problems, […]

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Natural painkillers (part 1) – Corydalis for chronic pain (ie. arthritis)

By |August 10th, 2015|

Corydalis is a genus containing over 300 species of plants indigenous to many different parts of the world, most of which are known medicinally for their use in the treatment of pain and many which are cultivated in gardens for their pretty flowers and foliage. There are several species which are acceptable for use in Chinese medicine, including Corydalis turtschaninovii, C. repens, C. ambigua and C. glaucencens.


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YERBA MANSA (Anemopsis californica) | Ethnobotany & medicinal uses

By |August 9th, 2015|

Anemopsis californica – Ethnobotany & medicinal uses

I learnt most about Yerba Mansa from Michael Cottingham, New Mexico based herbalist. He is working on a book dedicated entirely to Yerba Mansa. (Help him raise funds for the upcoming book discussing the Ethnobotany, history, medicinal uses, cultivation & conservation of Yerba Mansa.)

Michael […]

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Acute thyroiditis (thyroid inflammation) and herbs to relieve inflammation

By |August 5th, 2015|

Acute thyroiditis (thyroid inflammation) and herbs to relieve inflammation

A couple of weeks ago I started to develop an acute thyroid inflammation. First I felt some pain around the lower left side of my neck, it wasn’t really bad, but it draw my attention to the thyroid area. After about 3 […]


Where does Echinacea come from?

By |May 6th, 2015|

Echinacea, common name ‘Purple Coneflower’, is a flowering plant from the Sunflower family. The plant is endemic, or native, to the Great Plains region of the United States. This showy perennial grows up to 25 inches in height. It evolved to occupy the upland, dry and rocky regions of central […]

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TerraVita Herbal Symposium of Southern California

By |March 3rd, 2015|

For the past 3 years I wanted to go to Terra Vita Herbal Symposium and this year I was able to make it happen. I wasn’t familiar with the location first, so it took me a little bit to find the Great Hall, but once I found it I was […]


Howie Brounstein & Steven Yeager: Bitters, Digestion, and Oregon Grape

By |March 3rd, 2015|

Here is the first episode from the event with herbalists/botanists Howie and Steven. Learn how bitters can help promote healthy digestion in many situations, sing along to That Bloated Feeling, and enjoy their Oregon Grape tips and expertise!

Howie Brounstein has taught botany, herbalism, and wildcrafting extensively for decades, including […]

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Beat Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) without antibiotics

By |May 20th, 2014|

My regimen to heal my stubborn UTIs with herbs

Unfortunately, herbs work slower than antibiotics, but they do work. This is my UTI herb regimen that I follow closely:

– UVA URSI tincture (3-4x 1 dropperful/day)
– GOLDENSEAL tincture (3-4x 1 dropperful/day)
– Large amounts of Chamomile tea (drink often) and lots of […]

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Medicinal Trees: meet the Peruvian Pepper Tree (Schinus molle)

By |May 5th, 2014|

I spent about a year wondering about this tree and finally had some time and looked it up. I was quite amazed by my findings, I did not expect it to have traditional and/or scientifically documented medicinal use. One of the nearby trees was damaged by a recent thunderstorm so […]

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