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3 Common Herbs for Winter Health

Oh November. A time of diminishing sunlight, falling leaves, and increasing susceptibility to the common cold and flu. As we move into late autumn, it’s a good time to think about ways to support your immune system. I always start by reflecting on my diet, and shifting towards cooking and eating more nutritious soups and stews. In addition, I’m [...]

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California Herbal Dreaming

Over the summer, I packed my bottles and everything else I owned and moved to California. Among other things, I'm planning on attending a clinical herbal program in the San Francisco Bay area to sharpen and expand my skills. I'll continue to offer the same high quality, homemade herbal products you've seen from NGTHerbals in the [...]

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Becoming Companions to the Plants

I am coming to believe that we have reached the limits of the analytical, logical approach to understanding. More precisely, the limits of relying on it as the sole or even dominant approach.Some questions that keep arising for me. "Where is the wildness here? Where are the weeds? The trickster animals?" Herbalism isn't ultimately about finding [...]

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The Benefits and Beauty of Red Clover

Although it's winter now, imagine it's late spring or early summer. You are hiking out in the countryside, and come across a wide, open field of blossoms. Maybe an old farm field, one where the earth was disturbed a fair amount, and now is being slowly repaired by "invasives" and cover crops. The yellow heads [...]

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A Winter Herbal Meditation

Last weekend, we set our clocks back, and early sunsets ensued. This weekend, the temperature has dropped. Way down. Below freezing at night, and barely above during the day. Even though it's only the second week of November, winter has essentially set in. For plant lovers, this can be a tough time of year, especially for [...]

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Ebola and Herbal Medicine Remedies

I've been reading a lot about Ebola and natural remedies over the past few days. Even writing that line, I'm feeling a bit of trepidation. The level of hostility towards anything that isn't sanctioned by Western medicine is disturbing. Given that no one knows for sure what will work, isn't it worth considering all avenues? [...]

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Rose Hip Medicine

A little over a week ago, I harvested the bulk of the hips from one of our rose bushes. Given the tangle of branches that have developed over the past few years from lack of pruning, the harvesting process was somewhat painful. When I was finished, my arms were filled with small scratches, but my [...]

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Dandelion Power!

I can't remember when exactly I fell in love, but once I did, it was all over. As a child, the bright, yellow flower heads brought joy to summer days. When they went to ghost, I'd run around plucking the heads and blowing, aiding their spread. Later, I learned that many adults hated them. The hatred [...]

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The Heart of Feverfew

It was a soggy spring, which made for a lot of fast growth in the gardens. Above is a photo of our herb wheel, where an assortment of medicinals and volunteer weeds currently reside. One thing I learned early on about tending plants is that you never know how the growing season will turn out. [...]

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Spring Detox Herb Harvest

Recent Plantain and Nettle HarvestThis is often my favorite time of year. The spring herbs are popping up all over the place in abundance. After a long winter, it's always satisfying to witness Earth's rebirth, and be able to taste again fresh off the plant leaves and flowers. We've been busy at NGTHerbals harvesting the [...]

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