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***SAFETY REMINDER: It is NOT recommended to give herbs to children under 2 years old for internal ingestion. They lack the liver enzymes required to properly process many herbs. (Please see my interview with American Botanical Council’s Mark Blumenthal if you want some advice from him about what you should do if you want to give your children herbs).*** ================================================================================================================== In general, there are 3 situations in which you might want to blend your own herbs to keep your family in good health: To help improve an acute illness or problem To assist with recovering from an acute illness or … Continue reading
So you now know how to make herbal preparations for both internal (capsules, infusions, tinctures) and external (poultices, fomentations, salves) use. But what herb or herbs should you use in your tisane, decoction, ointment, or syrup? The answer to this question (pay attention because I’m about to tell you what I spent thousands of dollars and a couple years learning while obtaining my Master Herbalist diploma) depends on whether you’re taking the herbs for overall health, to support a particular organ system or systems, or trying to solve a specific health issue or problem. You see, there are 15 groups of … Continue reading
People are always asking me where they can purchase high-quality essential oils. I used to never want to tell them back when I owned a spa, because…well…I wanted them to order from me (selfish, I know). But now that I’m done with that chapter of my life, heck, I’ll reveal everything. Below is my list of favorite suppliers: The Apothecary Shoppe at ACHS: This is where I went to school for Aromatherapy. They supply VERY high-quality, pure, organic essential oils for reasonable prices. The only drawback is that they don’t have the widest selection, and are therefore lacking some of … Continue reading