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Reap the benefits of all-natural hydrosols, and learn how to distill them yourself, with Harvest to Hydrosol. Learn the medicinal and therapeutic uses of flowers, herbs, and even weeds, and how valuable they can be to our bodies and spirits. Hydrosols are the condensate water produced during the distillation process. They can be ingested for medicinal purposes; used for aromatherapy; incorporated into cooking and drinking water; integrated into cleaning and purifying your home; used as a perfume, linen spray, facial mist, or nasal decongestant; and more. With this guide, author and botanist Ann Harman will teach you the act of hydro-distillation and the uses of hydrosols. Learn the technical process of hydro-distillation in detail, covering everything from equipment and safety to care and storage.
This guide includes a plant reference complete with plant information and photographs, so you can easily identify which plants to use for what ailment. Try distilling coriander for its detoxifying, digestive, and antimicrobial properties. Use fennel as an expectorant or carminative. Distill lavender for an antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory medicine. With 150 photos, diagrams, and tables, this book will walk you through the complete process of hydro-distillation. Live a healthy, organic life through these all-natural hydrosols with the help of Harvest to Hydrosol.
Most of us understand the value of eating and buying local. Taking back our food, goods and services from multinational corporations and sourcing them from small growers, producers, artisans and entrepreneurs benefits our families, our environment and our communities. Heal Local argues that "100-mile health care" can be equally valuable in terms of how we treat illness and injury and maintain wellness.
This innovative guide demonstrates that by harnessing multifaceted whole plants, we can rely on homegrown or regionally produced herbs, rather than importing exotics and non-natives. Based on the small apothecary model, author Dawn Combs explains how to:
Many herbals overwhelm their readers, presenting a list of hundreds of herbs, each with a different purpose. Heal Local empowers readers by showing that you don't need to know everything about every herb on the planet to create a complete home apothecary.
Anyone can be self-sufficient with their wellness, regardless of their previous knowledge, experience or available space.
Heal Local Basic Home Healthcare Kit has everything you need to start making electuaries in your own kitchen! This kit includes Dawn Combs’ book, Heal Local, as well as four different Mockingbird Meadow Herbal products (Allergency Herbal Honey Booster, Universal Herbal Balm, Cool Down Loose Leaf Tea and Gentian Herbal Digestive Bitters) that will help ease whichever ailment comes your way. This kit has everything you need to learn about, taste, and create your very own electuaries!
Heal Local book is about understanding the value of eating and buying local. Taking back our food, goods and services from multinational corporations and sourcing them from small growers, producers, artisans and entrepreneurs benefits our families, our environment and our communities. Heal Local argues that "100-mile health care" can be equally valuable in terms of how we treat illness and injury and maintain wellness.
Allergency Herbal Honey Booster provides supreme support for allergy sufferers, regardless of what ails them: dust, mold, pet, pollen, or food allergies. Designed to be stirred into honey, herbal honey boosters are a combination of powdered medicinal herbs specially formulated to help ease a variety of common ailments.
Universal Herbal Balm provides relief for small cuts, scrapes, bumps, bruises, and bites. Unlike commercial preparations, this Universal Balm is safe for young children and animals because it’s even safe to ingest.
Cool Down Loose Leaf Tea, the herbs in the tea have a long and successful history of cooling down a fever that rages too high or too long. Leaf Tea is first aid for your skin, whether you drink it or add a cold, soaked tea cloth to your burn. For best results, serve hot for fever and cold for heat stress.
Gentian Herbal Digestive Bitters 2 oz. bottles provide a simple and safe way to improve digestion. Gentian Bitters are a unique twist on the classic bitter plant, Gentiana lutea. We recommend adding them to a salad dressing! Bitters can help balance the digestive system and curb sugar cravings.
These products are formulated by Dawn Combs, a trained herbalist, ethnobotanist, teacher, and long-time contributor to Mother Earth News and Mother Earth Living.
This statement has not been tested by the Food and Drug Administration. These products aren’t intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
In Healing Foods, author Dale Pinnock explains how the healing power of foods stretches beyond the realm of vitamins and minerals to involve a far more complex and wondrous group of biological compounds: phytochemicals! Pinnock shows readers how many of these compounds, when properly delivered, can work as well as medicinal plants and even pharmaceutical drugs without the risk of side effects. Pinnock explains how to prepare dishes that are not only delicious, but also possess a powerful medicinal property. Think classic carrot and ginger soup, digestive tonic tea, dandelion salad, and more! Complete with an A–Z guide to common medicinal foods, Healing Foods is your one-stop reference for remedying health woes through the power of food.
Take control of your health! Emerging viruses are becoming more virile and aggressive, and traditional medications are becoming less effective against them. In Herbal Antivirals, his companion to the best-selling Herbal Antibiotics, Stephen Harrod Buhner offers in-depth instructions on how to prepare and use herbal formulations to strengthen the immune system and treat viral infections such as SARS, influenza and encephalitis.
Master herbalist Amy Jirsa offers recipes and ideas for exploring and embracing the distinctive qualities of 12 powerful healing herbs -- chamomile, rose, dandelion, holy basil, nettle, calendula, lavender, turmeric, echinacea, elder, cinnamon, and ginger. Jirsa shows you how to get to know each one just as an herbalist does -- by immersing yourself in every aspect of the herb and naturally coming to understand its innate properties. Through delicious teas and foods, luxurious salves, skin and hair care treatments, complementary yoga poses, meditations, and more, you’ll deepen your appreciation of these herbs and learn how best to use them for improved health and wellness.
For centuries women have turned to herbs to cope with a wide variety of health problems and conditions. Comprehensive and easy-to-use, Herbal Healing for Women explains how to create remedies for the common disorders that arise in the different cycles of a woman's life. Covering adolescence, childbearing years, pregnancy and childbirth, and menopause, author Rosemary Gladstar teaches how herbs can be used to treat the symptoms of conditions such as acne, PMS, morning sickness and hot flashes. She includes remedies ranging from teas and tinctures to salves and ointments. A complete women's health-care manual, Herbal Healing for Women discusses:
By explaining the properties of specific herbs and the art of preparation, Gladstar demonstrates not only how to achieve healing through herbs but good health as well.
This book offers the most effective natural remedies that can be used to treat common ailments, without the risk of unpleasant or potentially harmful side effects that pharmaceuticals can cause.
With simple organization and clear, concise instruction, Herbal Medicine, Natural Remedies has you covered no matter what ails you. Author Anne Kennedy offers relief for ailments a wide range of ailments, including: allergies, bee stings, bronchitis, canker sores, chapped lips, constipation, dandruff, diaper rash, eczema, fever, hair loss, headache, indigestion, menopause, mental wellness issues, poison ivy, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, sore throat, tendinitis, weight loss, and more.
Discover remedies to help care for everyday health problems, with cures from a wide range of sources. Get time-tested, natural easements for coughs, cold and flu viruses, aches and pains, digestive complaints, sleep disorders, and skin conditions. You’ll even find tips to help babies and address women's health.
Ever think of making your own beauty products? In Make It Up, author Marie Rayma shares the recipes she has developed through years of trial, error, and testing to come up with the very best. This is real makeup and skin care: bright lipsticks, quality mineral powders, long-wearing eyeliners, and masks and cleansers that yield results. With easy-to-follow instruction, Make It Up provides more than 40 essential cosmetics and skin care projects so you can make just what you want, when you need it.
Other books tell us how to live the good life … but you might have to win the lottery to do it. Making Home is about improving life with the real people around us and the resources we already have. While encouraging us to be more resilient in the face of hard times, author Sharon Astyk also points out the beauty, grace and elegance that result, because getting the most out of everything we use is a way of transforming our lives into something much more fulfilling.
Written from the perspective of a family who has already made this transition, Making Home shows readers how to turn the challenge of living with less into settling for more: more happiness, more security and more peace of mind. Learn simple but effective strategies to:
We must make fundamental changes to our way of life in the face of ongoing economic crises and energy depletion. Making Home takes the fear out of this prospect, and invites us to embrace a simpler, more abundant reality.
The Plains Indians found medicinal value in more than 200 species of native prairie plants. Unfortunately, modern American culture has not paid much attention.
White settlers did learn a few plant-based remedies from the Indians, and a few prairie plants were prescribed by frontier doctors. A couple dozen prairie species were listed as drugs in the U.S. Pharmacopeia at one time or another, and one or two, like the Purple Coneflower, found their way into the bottles of patent medicine.
But in both the number of species used and the varieties of treatments administered, Indians were far more proficient than white settlers. Their familiarity with the plants of the prairie was comprehensive: There probably were Indian names for all prairie plants, and they recognized more varieties of some species than scientists do today. Their knowledge was refined and exact enough that they could successfully administer medicinal doses of plants that are poisonous. All of the species used by frontier doctors were used first by Indians.
In Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie, ethnobotanist Kelly Kindscher documents the medicinal use of 203 native prairie plants by the Plains Indians. Using information gleaned from archival materials, interviews and fieldwork, Kindscher describes plant-based treatments for ailments ranging from hyperactivity to syphilis, from arthritis to worms. He also explains the use of internal and external medications, smoke treatments, moxa (the burning of a medicinal substance on the skin), and the doctrine of signatures (the belief that the form or characteristics of a plant are signatures or signs that reveal its medicinal uses). He adds information on recent pharmacological findings to further illuminate the medicinal nature of these plants.
Not since 1919 has the ethnobotany of native Great Plains plants been examined so thoroughly. Kindscher's study is the first to encompass the entire Prairie Bioregion, a 1 million-square-mile area bounded by Texas on the south, Canada on the north, the Rocky Mountains on the west, and the deciduous forests of Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin in the east. Along with information on the medicinal uses of prairie plants by the Indians, Kindscher also lists Indian, common, and scientific names and describes Anglo folk uses, medical uses, scientific research and cultivation. Descriptions of the plants are supplemented by 44 exquisite line drawings and more than 100 range maps.
This book will help increase appreciation for prairie plants at a time when prairies and their biodiversity urgently need protection throughout the region.