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Echinacea called ineffective…

November 10, 2014

by Jeffrey S. Hoard Yesterday I saw the headline, “Popular herbal cold remedy fails to relieve symptoms, study finds” in my morning St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The herb in question turned out to be Echinacea. Knowing empirically that Echinacea does indeed do what we think it does when it is prepared and used properly, I was […]

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Catnip as Mosquito Repellent

November 10, 2014

by Jeffrey S. Hoard   Herbal folklore has long included the use of aromatic herbs and oils as insect repellents. Most of us are familiar with the use of citronella oil (Cymbopogon nardus) in candles and in products designed to be used on the skin. Other aromatic herbs used for centuries for their insect repellent […]

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Alternatives To Hormone Replacement Therapy

November 10, 2014

by Cheryl Hoard  I am frequently asked questions about alternatives to Hormone Replacement Therapy. The use of herbs, essential oils and hydrosols gives more options to adapt to changes during menopause. Herbalism is most effective when used in a holistic approach, which is integration of the body, mind and spirit. Changes during menopause happen not […]

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Actions and Energetics of Some Common North American Trees

November 10, 2014

by Laurel Redmon, M.S., L.Ac. Dipl. Ac.,C.H Trees, Earth’s largest plants, embody the wood element. Humans and trees have co-evolved to a degree that our lives seem unfathomable without their wealth of resources. Symbolically, trees have represented longevity, wisdom, fertility, and a strength that can yield without breaking. These universal themes apply to the elemental […]

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The Abuse of Ma Huang (Ephedra sinica)

November 10, 2014

By Jeffrey S. Hoard   I have used Ma Huang (Ephedra sinica) for years. I find it is very effective when used – in conjunction with other herbs and for a specific and very short period of time – for respiratory problems. It saddens me to contemplate that the FDA may now actually be considering […]

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APPLICATIONS OF NEEM TO SKIN & HAIR For People and Pets

November 10, 2014

Neem Seed CO2 Essential Oil Soap/Shampoo Treatment: Add ½ teaspoon Neem Seed CO2 Essential Oil to every 1 oz of Cheryl’s Herbs Summer Soap/Shampoo or Cheryl’s Herbs Soap/Shampoo Base or any Cheryl’s Herbs Soap/Shampoos. Our Summer Soap/Shampoo makes an excellent choice because these herbs and essential oils are well known for their insect repellent action. […]

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Neem Plant Spray

November 10, 2014

Ingredients: 32 oz warm water 1 teaspoon (5 ml) Neem Seed Oil (cold pressed vegetable oil, not essential oil) 1 teaspoon (5 ml) Cheryl’s Herbs All-Purpose Household Soap (or any mild eco-type, liquid dishwashing soap) Preparation: Mix soap with warm water (don’t stir too vigorously to avoid excess suds) Slowly add Neem Seed Oil and […]

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LATE SUMMER HERBAL SOUP – ASIAN FLAVOR

November 10, 2014

14 cups water or vegetable or meat stock 28 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped 1 oz Astragalus Root (comes either in little pieces or long slices which easily can be broken up with your fingers) 1 oz Codonopsis Root Place all of the above in large pot and simmer covered for 2 hours. Recipe […]

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SPRING KICHAREE with Burdock, Nettle & Vegetables

November 10, 2014

Saute until onions are fully cooked. Add small amount of water or broth if more moisture is needed during cooking process. 2 cups Onion, chopped small   8 cloves Garlic, fresh, minced 3 Tablespoons Sesame Oil 1 Tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons Turmeric powder 1 Tablespoon Garam Masala* powder 1 Tablespoon Holy Basil 2 Bay […]

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ASTRAGALUS & CODONOPSIS SOUP FOR LATE SUMMER

November 10, 2014

14 cups water or vegetable or meat stock 28 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped 1 oz Astragalus Root (comes either in little pieces or long slices which easily can be broken up with your fingers) 1 oz Codonopsis Root   Place all of the above in large pot and simmer covered for 2 hours. […]

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AUTUMN HERBAL SOUP – ASIAN FLAVOR

November 10, 2014

16 cups water or vegetable or grain or meat stock 16 – 32 cloves Garlic, peeled, whole 2 inches fresh Ginger, peeled and roughly chopped 1 Tablespoon Black Peppercorn whole (or use Long Pepper, a Chinese herb called Bi Ba) ½ oz Astragalus Root (comes either in little pieces or long slices which easily can […]

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WINTER HERBAL SOUP – HERBS DE PROVENCE FLAVOR Tomato based with Barley and Black Beans

November 10, 2014

8 cups water or vegetable or grain or meat stock 16 cloves Garlic, peeled, whole 1½ teaspoons Black Peppercorn whole (or use Long Pepper, a Chinese herb called Bi Ba) 2 Bay Leaves whole 1/2 oz Rehmannia Root (Shou Di Huang) 1/4 oz Astragalus Root (comes either in little pieces or long slices which easily […]

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