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Tannins In Raspberry Leaf – How It Works

Tannins in Raspberry Leaf – How It Works

Many plants make tannins. For all practical purposes, a tannin is an astringent, polyphenolic molecule that binds to organic compounds such as proteins. It has the ability to precipitate organic matter from a liquid to a solid.
Raspberry: The Female Toner

Raspberry: The Female Toner

Rubus idaeus, a.k.a. Red Raspberry Raspberry is a woman's best friend. The tea soothes menstrual cramps, tones the uterus and eases childbirth. Even the berries stock the body with vitamins…

Raspberry History, Folklore, Myth, And Magic

Raspberry History, Folklore, Myth, and Magic

Wild raspberry caught the eye of early cave dwellers, as evidenced by the remains of raspberry canes found at a variety of dig sites across Europe, Asia, and Northern America,…

Show 141: Herb Lab – Plants For Healing Grief

Show 141: Herb Lab – Plants for Healing Grief

Grief is part of the human condition. The way that we handle grief can make a significant difference in later life. After last week's conversation with Ashley Litecky-Ellenbas, registered herbalist, yoga teacher, and owner of Sky House Yoga about the natural approaches to grief, Sue and Candace share their own ideas.
Carvone In Spearmint – How It Works

Carvone in Spearmint – How It Works

Herbal Nerd Society Exclusive Article Spearmint leaf (Mentha spicata) is an underutilized herb in the natural medicine field. It is used most often as a flavoring for teas or foods.…

Show 125: Herb Lab – Ashley Litecky Elenbaas – Nervine Herbs And Education

Show 125: Herb Lab – Ashley Litecky Elenbaas – Nervine Herbs and Education

After an interview with registered herbalist, yoga instructor and owner of Sky House Yoga, Ashley Litecky Elenbaas, Sue and Candace talk about their own favorite nervine herbs. Nervines are a class of medicine used to calm the nerves. This is an instrumental part of caring for patients who are struggling with stress from illness or trauma. It is no wonder that herbalists need a cabinet full of nervine options.
Oregon Grape Wine: Tasty Flu Prevention

Oregon Grape Wine: Tasty Flu Prevention

Fermenting has long been a passion of mine. I've fermented a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains Barley, Wheat, Apple, Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Plum, Pear, Grape, Pea Pod, Carrot,…

Show 99: Herb Lab – It’s The Berries! Medicinal Fruit At It’s Best.

Show 99: Herb Lab – It’s the Berries! Medicinal Fruit at It’s Best.

Summer is here and the Practical Herbalist team is preparing for the berry harvest. Each fruit is a little bit different. The team shares its tips and tricks for freezing and preserving berries and other small fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, elderberries, blueberries, plums, and grapes.
The Chicken Friendly Herb Garden

The Chicken Friendly Herb Garden

Chickens love gardens but gardens do not always love chickens. Part of what makes these birds delightful is how excited they are about every opportunity to dig for bugs or…

Herbs For Cold And Flu Season: Class Notes

Herbs for Cold and Flu Season: Class Notes

According to the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), flu and cold season typically covers October through May with its peak somewhere in December to February. In the Pacific Northwest,…

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