Herbs for Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections can ruin your whole day (or week…) The pain and burning, the frequent need to urinate – it’s enough to drive anyone crazy. The common route is to head to the doctor for antibiotics, and there’s no denying that they work. Yet antibiotics introduce almost as many problems as they solve. Thankfully, …

Make Your Own Materia Medica

Learning about natural medicines is so much fun, and using them successfully when you or your family gets sick is incredibly empowering. If you’re like me, though, the more you learn, the more you realize how much you don’t know! Whether you’ve amassed so many books that you don’t know which one to check when …

Backyard Medicine Book Review

Welcome to my Backyard Medicine book review! Do you want to get started wildcrafting? Or are you ready to expand your knowledge to include more plants? This amazing book launched my love of wildcrafting and has a place of honor in my backpack every time I set out to harvest herbs. The Specs Backyard Medicine: …

Stop Diarrhea Naturally

Diarrhea is one of those unpleasant (gross) things that no one wants to talk about but that we all suffer from at one time or another. It can range from mild to severe, yellow to green (eww), but whenever it strikes, you have three choices: 1) suffer, 2) take an over-the-counter or prescription medicine, or …

Benefits of Reishi Mushroom: Herbal Profile

Mushrooms are one food I have never tried to eat. My mom once tried to stealthily serve me spaghetti with pureed mushrooms in the sauce, but from the first bite, I knew something wasn’t right! Since learning about the health benefits of reishi mushrooms, though, I’ve discovered that mushrooms are far more desirable than I …

Wildcrafting in the Spring

Here it is the first week in May. The weather is beautiful, the sunshine is warm and inviting, and all the little growing herbs are enticing us to go wildcrafting in the spring. I know now why people used to dance around the Maypole on the first of May – the sheer joy of spring! …

Horse Chestnuts: Natural Relief for Varicose Veins

No one wakes up one morning and says, “Hey, I think in another ten years, I’d like to have lots of bulging varicose veins!” It’s one of those things that creeps up on us, sometimes during pregnancy, sometimes not until later in life. Yet this doesn’t have to be an inevitable development because the beautiful …

How to Make a Glycerin Tincture

An herbal glycerite, or glycerin tincture, is a medicinal preparation that uses liquid glycerin to hold the herb’s beneficial compounds. A glycerin tincture is a great alternative to the common alcohol-based tincture for children or anyone who prefers to avoid alcohol. When you learn how to make a glycerin tincture for yourself, you can save …

Herbal Profile: Ginkgo

Have you ever seen a ginkgo tree? They have the loveliest fan-shaped leaves that seem to wave in the breeze. The leaves from this amazing tree have been used medicinally in China for over 3,500 years! In recent years, ginkgo has become popular as an aid to memory and concentration, and research confirms its use …

Peppermint for Upset Stomach

Ah, fresh, cooling peppermint for upset stomach – it’s my first choice every time. Whether the problem is simple indigestion, nausea, gas, or even more troublesome issues, peppermint is a true friend to the digestive system. Perhaps the most prominent member of the mint family, peppermint is a hybrid of two other mints: spearmint (Mentha …