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Herbal Celebrities

In honor of April Fool’s Day, the Practical Herbalist presents…. Herbal Celebrities! Although we love Ginger Rogers, we wanted more

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12.Natural Flea Control Options

Although Flea season may be at it’s end for this year, fleas are still among us. Today, we discussed Natural Herbal Approaches to Flea Control using herbal and homesteading practices.

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Cold Care for Winter

The common cold is defined as a viral infection of the upper respiratory system. Stuffy noses, coughs and constant weariness are warning signs of an oncoming cold. There are over two hundred different types of rhino-viruses and since they travel through the air and via physical contact with ever benign objects such as doorknobs or light switches, these viruses are very successful. Although colds only last 2 weeks and host only mild symptoms, they can open the door to other more complicated bacterial infections like the flu, strep throat, or ear infections.

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Canker Sore and Cold Sore Remedy

When my little one was really small, he got canker sores. I get them occasionally, usually when I’m stressed. The virus that causes these sores takes advantage of my suppressed immune system to rear their ugly heads.

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Canine Digestive Remedy Recipe

A friend of mine had a dog who suffered from digestive problems. She tried a variety of expensive dog food brands on him with little effect. She took him to the vet to for help but was met with disappointment. Her dog just couldn’t eat without getting sick. Without proper nourishment, her dog would die.

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Gardener’s Hand Soak Recipe

Many gardeners love to stick their hands in the soil as they work. The feeling of soft, loamy dirt is so satisfying. The problem is this delightful practice leaves our hands feeling rough and chapped. Working with wood or working in damp, cold weather also draws the moisture out of my skin despite wearing gloves. I got tired of my nails getting brittle and chipped each year around April so I devised this simple hand soak to heal the cracks and soften my neglected fingers.

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