by Cheryl Hoard   Do you read the labels of your shampoos and soaps? If you do read the ingredient list, do you know what all those chemicals are and what they do for your skin and hair? Did you know that the surfactant, sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), is not actually made from coconut oil […]

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 […]

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 […]

NETTLE LEAF, ROOT, AND SEED (Urtica dioica)                                                                                                                     Excerpted from: Healing Wise By Susun Weed  NETTLE LEAF  “Nettle leaves are gentle enough for an everyday nourishing brew and powerful enough to heal damaged tissue.  Kidneys, lungs, intestines, and arteries are tonified, strengthened, and gradually altered toward optimum functioning with consistent use of Nettle, freshly cooked […]

DANDELION (Taraxacum officinale)   Excerpted from: The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants By Matthew Wood  “Although best known for its general properties as an alterative, Dandelion also possesses virtues of a highly specific nature, though these more definite indications are not well known.  It is indicated when heat descends deeply […]

LICORICE ROOT (Glycyrrhiza glabra) 11/2/14 CHERYL’S HERBS OFFERS: Licorice Root cut Licorice Root powder Licorice Root liquid extract Licorice Root glycerin extract   Excerpted from: Herbal Tonic Therapies By Daniel B. Mowrey “To the Chinese, there is no other herb that acts on such a grand scale except, perhaps, Ginseng. But the Chinese include Licorice […]