Monday, February 20, 2023

Essential Herbal Magazine, Mar/Apr 2023

 This issue came together like an absolute dream, just like the cover suggests.  It has probably been at least 5 years since we've added pages to an issue, sticking fast to our 32 pages.  Until this issue.  We added 8 pages, and neither of us even wrote an article!  That is a rarity indeed!  We're thrilled with how it turned out and think that you probably will be too. 

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Cover by Barbara Steele, Dreaming of Spring

Crossword Puzzle, Glossary of Terms from Susanna Reppert Brill (part 1)
 From class notes in Susanna's herbal "Way of Life" course

Field Notes, Tina Sams
Holding our breath through these last cold months, and a farewell to a friend

5 Herbs to Enliven Your Spring, Marcy Lautanen Raleigh
Choose from these bright flavors to brighten and lighten.

Budget Stretching Recipes, Alicia Allen
You won't even notice the difference - except in your wallet.

The Healing Magical Power of Spices, Carolina Gonzalez
So much more than the fragrances and flavors!

Container Gardening, Kathy Musser
Containers can be useful for so many spaces in the outside living space.

Survival Gardens, Jackie Johnson ND
Some terrific ideas for specific types of garden plots

Free Plant N Garden Stands Project, DePhane Marcelle Weaver and Friends
Learn about this cool way of sharing seeds and plants!

Word Find, Glossary of Terms (part 2)

Gardeners' Hand Soap, Marci Tsohonis
Even experts sometimes struggle with the outcome, but in the long run the soap works.  It just might look a little funny.

Herbal Tea Blend for Meditation, Jessicka Nebesni
Brew a cup and open your mind.

Sleep, Barbara Steele
Our cover artist surveyed several friends and herbalists to find out how they overcame difficulty falling and staying asleep.

Spring Into Herbalism With Your Kids, Kristine Brown RH(AHG)
Lots of great ways to help your kids get involved in herbalism without actually teaching.  Learning through experiencing.

Jamaican Ginger, History Through Song, Susanna Reppert Brill
This fascinating and somewhat sad/dubious chapter of herbal history has been illustrated via several songs.

Puzzle Solution

Meet Our Contributors....
A little about the people you’ll find in the pages of this issue.


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Thursday, February 16, 2023

Mid February "Just the Essentials"

We're going to address ways to be more comfortable in this "backside" of winter. We'll soothe our skin, our nerves, and our immune systems as the days grow longer in the Northern Hemisphere, or shorter in the Southern. In my part of the country, we are finally getting a little sun, and my mood was in need!!!

For a quick blend, try equal parts (1 T) rose, lavender, and elderflowers. To those, add 1/4 cup oatmeal and 1 T powdered milk. Steep in a muslin bag in a pitcher of very hot water, and then add the contents of the pitcher to the bath. 
Latin name: Avena sativa
Common Name(s): Wild Oats, Common Oats, Milky Oats, Oatstraw
 Parts used: Aerial parts
Medicinal Uses: Oats are wonderful and skin-soothing when
used in bathwater. When the whole plant is harvested and dried while green, including the seeds, it is called oatstraw. 
Oats are  a rejuvenating and restorative mineral tonic. They are grounding, helping fortify people during grief, and promoting  emotional well-being. Oatmeal is the ripe seed. It provides nourishment to the body and the skin while supporting the nervous system.

Latin name: Zingiber officinale
Parts used: root, with root and leaves used for essential oil(s)
Ginger’s best known use is on various forms of nausea, including sea sickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery, and morning sickness.  It stimulates digestion, and has been found
to cause the stomach to empty faster, and move food through the system more rapidly, while soothing and relaxing the entire digestive system.  Ginger heats up and improves the metabolism.
It may help with menstrual pain, migraine headaches, and improve gum health.  Regular use of ginger may help relieve pain and swelling of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis and
muscular pains.  

If you’re daydreaming about the coming spring, there’s no better “dream book” than Through the Seasons. It contains 5 full years of the magazine, put into chapters and indexed. Literally 100’s of ideas, recipes, remedies, and crafts to keep you engaged with herbs year round. We've permanently lowered the price to $30 for print, or $20 for pdf!  View Index

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