• September 29, 2020

The Many Signatures of Mullein

Mullein is a great plant to demonstrate the doctrine of signatures. Its physical characteristics and growth patterns are all clues to its many uses. To start with, mullein has large, soft, fuzzy leaves which according to tradition are a signature for lung tissue. And so it shouldn't be surprising that mullein has a long history of helping relieve chronic lung conditions, especially when the lung tissue is dry and irritated. Mullein leaves are soft, slightly mucilaginous, and salty, which…

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  • September 22, 2020

Peter Rabbit's Remedy

You may recall the story of Peter Rabbit. He snuck into Mr. McGregor’s garden where he ate too much and narrowly escaped after getting caught. When he got home, his mother gave him one of Nature’s most dependable remedies—chamomile tea.Chamomile is probably the most popular herb tea in the world and it is estimated that over a million cups are consumed worldwide every day. An aromatic and slightly bitter herb, the flowers of German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and its close relative Roman…

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  • September 15, 2020

The Silicon Connection

Silicon, the 14th element of the periodic table and the second most element on the planet, is surprisingly important for both computing and human health. Perhaps you’ve heard of Silicon Valley, the home of the computer industry? It’s called that because this important semiconductor is used to manufacture the chips that are the brains of the computers and phones we use every day. Silicon is important for healthy hair, skin, nails, joints, bones, and nerves. And while there is no US RDA for…

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  • September 8, 2020

Lobelia

Lobelia is a 1-2 foot-high annual plant with beautiful flowers which is native to North America. If, as many herbalists suggest, each plant has its own personality, then lobelia is surely one of the greatest tricksters of the herbal world. Matthew Wood goes so far as to call it "the wildest and craziest article in the herbal material medica." Lobelia’s unpredictable nature is even more evident in its checkered history than in its spectacular beauty. Named after the botanist. Matthias de Lobel…

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  • September 1, 2020

The Real Solution to Constipation

Some people think they're regular just because they have a bowel movement regularly every two or three days. I once met a man who had an elimination once every eight days. Let me assure you, that's not healthy.From the time I was first introduced to herbal medicine until now, I've heard over and over again about the importance of regular elimination to health. Natural healers have long asserted that if waste material sits too long in the body, it poisons the system and destroys health. I know that…

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  • August 25, 2020

Red Clover

Mankind is in constant the constant search for exotic remedies, often neglecting some of the simple cures that grow practically in our own back yards.  Red clover is one of those remedies.  It's a gentle, but powerful alterative that can be used for skin problems like acne, respiratory and lymphatic congestion, and even cancer.A member of the pea family and closely related to alfalfa, red clover can often be spotted in lawns, pastures, and on roadsides. I saw it growing everywhere on my recent…

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