Willow Bark vs. Aspirin

It's common these days for folks to think about Willow as an alternative to aspirin. Many people know that Willow bark also contains salicylic acid, which is the main compound

Interview with Kami McBride

   I think one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves as herbalists and healers is “why do we get sick?” This is the big question pondered by healers, physicians,

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Herbal Support for ADD and ADHD

   How can herbalists use plant medicine to support children who have, in conventional medicine, been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD? Unfortunately, there can be some detrimental effects, not only from the

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Eating for Your Constitution

        As Ayurveda has become popular, interest in eating according to your constitutional type has grown. Over the last few years we've seen this dynamic of eating and tailoring your diet

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How to Learn the Unwritten Herbs

If you are studying Western herbalism, it's helpful to understand your plants in terms of their medicinal actions, their energetics, their organ system affinities, and so on. So where do you start? How do you figure that stuff out?

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Using Comfrey Safely

Comfrey is an important plant in traditional Western herbalism, as well as in modern herbalism, but there's a stigma around it too. People seem to be a bit scared of comfrey because of some research showing some of the constituents are potentially dangerous. But this is an herb that has been used in Western herbalism both topically and, yes—believe it or not—internally as well for a really long time. Few people talk about the possible internal usage of comfrey. But if you know more about its uses and characteristics, you can use it with greater confidence and competence.

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