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Wood Ear Mushroom for Daily Use: The TCM Approach to Yin Er

Before I launch into a detailed discussion of all the lovely health benefits of using the wild mushroom known in English as Wood Ear (Latin name: Tremella fuciformis), I want to talk a little bit about the Chinese name.  The Chinese term is Yin Er, which literally translates as Silver Ear.  It is worth noting that the word “Yin/银” or silver, in this context, is a homophone for a different “Yin/陰” which is the Yin from Yin-Yang.

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Growing Camellia sinensis: Tea for Home Gardeners and Herbalists

Many gardeners who live in climates with long, warm, humid summers and cold winters choose to plant C. sinensis in pots. Camellia sinensis can be quite content living in a pot, so long as its neither too large nor too small and you keep the soil well-watered and well-drained. You can have a mini-tea plantation on your back patio…

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Magical Properties of Herbs Through Botany

Take your connection to The Plants to the next level; Get to know the magical qualities of a plant’s medicine through the lens of botany. We’ll talk about how to apply botanical knowledge of a plant to your own magical workings.

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Meet Skullcap, Scutellaria lateriflora, ID and Medicinal Properties

Skullcap is a relaxing nervine without sedation. The Eclectics used Skullcap as a nerve tonic for conditions brought on by nervousness and stress, i.e., asthma, rashes, eczema, and headaches. Skullcap is trophorestorative (nourishing tonic) for the nervous system in low doses long-term to improve and restore nervous system function.

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Tulsi Holy Basil Energetics, Adaptogen and Detox

In many ways, Tulsi works at a more subtle level, helping the body, mind, and spirit make more room and capacity for what you want to carry and kicking out what’s no longer useful, including emotions and thoughts that have stagnated or weighed you down. Tulsi’s motion is one of…

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