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First Annual Urban-Herb Walk In East Lansing Michigan!

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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS HERB?

Stinging Nettle in Bloom! Stinging Nettle is anti-inflammatory, nutritious, diuretic and delicious! Pick it early in the season for best taste & best nutrition.

My goal is to change the way you look at "weeds" forever! Medicinal & Edible Plants are all around us- let me show you what to look for, when to pick and how to preserve for at home remedy making!

Join me August 21st at 6:30pm at our home in East Lansing Michigan for my first annual Urban Herb Walk!

Natural snacks and herbal tea will be provided. A $5 donation is greatly appreciated!

Children are welcome! We'll be walking around the neighborhood for about an hour so wear comfortable shoes, bring children a favorite snack, toy and a stroller if needed.

We herb walk RAIN OR SHINE!

RSVP at this Link!

Low On Iron? Try this Root for Anemia & Digestion Support

Yellow Dock in early summer. 

Yellow Dock in early summer. 

Yellow Dock is everywhere.

It's a subtle plant that has big benefits for our bodies. The root should be dug up in fall when the top of the plant has turned completely brown. It's roots are- not surprisingly, bright yellow (thus the name yellow dock) This key identifier is a good way to know you have the right plant.

Once the roots have been dug up, split them and chop them up as soon as possible, waiting more than a day or two will give you a difficult task as they get hard quickly. 

Yellow Dock is high in food based, non-constipating iron and has the ability to correct anemia in a matter of days. Iron supplements don't compare as they are created in a lab and are not as naturally assimilated by the body as plants. Plants do a better job of putting minerals into a usable form for animals and humans through the process of photosynthesis. Mother nature will not be outdone with her ability to make foods & plants that heal!

Yellow Dock is a natural blood cleanser. It supports the livers production of bile, which is created from toxins that the liver filters. These toxins, once turned into bile- are used by the body to break down dietary fats. Bile also has a natural laxative effect. In this way Yellow Dock is used for constipation as it will support the livers role in digestive function.

Yellow Dock is used for many conditions of the skin. It takes time to cleanse the blood so don't expect results over night- but with time and diligence Yellow Dock can provide relief from acne, psoriasis, eczema and shingles.

It can also be used topically for boils and shingles and should be taken internally for those conditions as well.

I love the "doctrine of signature" with this plant as it's yellow root can be used to treat jaundice (a yellowing of the skin). It has an action that can bring relief when the jaundice is due to gallbladder congestion. Though conventional science has dismissed the doctrine of signature as superstitious, I find this is an ignorant way to proceed.

Thinking in this way is a fruitful endeavor as it taps into a much more intuitive part of our beings than most of us connect with on a regular basis. There are many examples of doctrine of signature with food that are widely known and accepted. Why should herbs be any different? 

Too busy to dig up Yellow Dock? I totally understand! Purchase Yellow Dock tincture from a reputable source at www.goodherbs.com.

the same plant two months later in August- ready for harvest!chop it into thin slices for tinctures or teassome nice big roots I dug up over the weekend. this will make good medicine for me and anyone else who needs it:)

Why You Should Try Herbal Tinctures

Homemade Black Walnut TinctureI recommend alot of tinctures to people. I even teach people how to make them. But I guess I should start over and tell you what a tincture is...

...Websters defines tincture (ˈtiŋ(k)-chər) as : a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic or hydroalcoholic menstruum. The tinctures that I make are always herbal in nature and are steeped in a solvent of some sort, usually vodka. 

Water and vodka are both excellent solvents but the problem with water is it doesn't preserve herbal infusions (herbs steeped in water). Have you ever had a bottle of vodka go bad? Nope! These medicines can last indefinitely as long as they are kept away from heat, light and air. 

So why are tinctures so great? Aside from them keeping indefinitely?

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Herbs aren't Drugs, They're Food!

The Majestic Mullein Plant, Lung Support Herb & Much More!A friend reached out to me today & asked me if herbs were standardized.  Standardization takes place in laboratories; isolating compounds from substances so that they can bottle it and make the potencies all the same.  My friend is in nursing school and they mentioned this in class. Very interesting.

When people make the statement, "Herbs can't be standardized; This month you buy a bottle & it's one potency & next month you buy a bottle & it's totally different" is a misunderstanding of herbs entirely. 
One that would make this kind of statement thinks of herbs in terms of pharmaceuticals.  Herbs aren't drugs, they are food. Parsley has a action on the kidney (diuretic), is parsley a drug? No, It's a food.  Same with garlic, & many more foods. My response to this sort of thinking is; Can you standardize an apple?  No.  And no one would ever expect to have standardized apples because apples are food.  Although they do vary in fiber, sugar, minerals & so on based on where they are grown, how good the soil is how long the season was, etc.  Herbs are food too; & yes they will very slightly from crop to crop.  
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Homemade Hemp Oil & Herb Dressing

There are more than a few ways to make homemade salad dressing.  You can keep it really simple and start with apple cider vinegar and hemp or flax oil.  I prefer flax oil because it has a nice profile of Omega Fatty Acids 3,6 and 9.  This is my personal favorite brand (Nutiva) and best price to buy it.  I use apple cider vinegar by Braggs.  There are several options out there for Apple Cider Vinegar but always look for a brand that says, "with the mother" on the label.  Sounds a little weird but it basically means that it's unfiltered and that it will contain strands of beneficial bacterias and enzymes, the "living" part of the venegar that makes it so beneficial to you.  This is great for anyone with digestive issues like acid reflux or indigestion of any kind too. 

So Oil and Vinegar are the 2 basic components;  But what do you want to flavor your oil and vinegar with?  Well you can't go wrong with the following herbs:

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