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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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Do you know what’s in your Shampoo?

November 10, 2014

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 […]

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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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Herbs & Essential Oils for SARS

November 10, 2014

By Cheryl Hoard As one physician put it in a recent national television interview about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), now is the time to “live well”. This doctor describes living well as eating wholesome foods, exercise and stop smoking. A few weeks before this TV interview, another MD voiced the opinion that addition to […]

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Aromatic & Herbal Remedies for Animals

November 10, 2014

by Cheryl Hoard Many alternative health disciplines are successfully used to treat animals, especially our beloved pets. Herbalism and Aromatherapy are utilized safely and effectively for animals as well as humans. Plants have been our medicine since the earliest written record. Herbalism encompasses various and broad uses of plants as healing agents. Aromatherapy is the […]

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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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REVITALIZING ENERGETIC CLEANSER

November 10, 2014

I was initially introduced to aromatic salt scrubs while studying with Cheryl Hoard in the aromatherapy 101 course years ago. I learned that they offer the skin a radiant glow and stimulate circulation of the blood and lymph. They are tolerated by all but the most sensitive skin types. I cannot take credit for the […]

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HOUSEHOLD INSECT CONTROL

November 10, 2014

Neem Household Surface Spray (2% Neem CO2 Essential Oil) Combine Neem CO2 Essential Oil with water in a spray bottle. Spray bottles with a large output spray top are more convenient to cover larger areas at a time. Essential oils and water do not stay mixed and actually separate dramatically fast. Shake well before spraying. […]

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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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