How to Make Herbal Capsules (And Save Money!)

Herbal capsules offer so many advantages over tinctures and teas for daily use. The dosages are consistent, they’re easy to transport, and they’re quick & simple for adults to swallow. Yet the cost can really add up! That’s why I want to teach you how to make herbal capsules yourself. Why Capsules? For most people, …

Herbs for Natural Asthma Relief

Asthma can be a frightening conditioning – both for the sufferer and for his parents. An acute asthma attack may make someone feel like she’s “starving for air” or “a fish out of water.” Many herbs can offer natural asthma relief, especially when coupled with lifestyle changes. Let’s look at 13 herbal options that can …

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 …