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December 18, 2018 @ 2:02 AM · herbs, holistic, natural health

Common Names:  European mistletoe, mistletoe

Latin Name: 
Viscum album


  • European mistletoe grows on several types of common trees such as apple, oak, pine, and elm trees. Where the term “mistletoe” is used in this fact sheet, it refers to European mistletoe. European mistletoe is different from American mistletoe, the type of mistletoe that grows in the United States and is used as a holiday decoration.
  • Mistletoe has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for a variety of conditions including seizures, headaches, and arthritis. Today, mistletoe is used in Europe as a treatment for cancer.
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January 10, 2018 @ 5:54 AM · herbs

The hydrangea plant is commonly found around residential and business establishments, it is prized for its large clusters of blooming blue, pink, and purple flowers. Although they are native to Asia, they can be found all over the world and since they are easy to grow and maintain, requiring little outside care in the right weather conditions. Although some forms of hydrangea are toxic, certain teas can be made from specific species of hydrangea which can offer various benefits for those that drink it. This tea is sweet in flavor and usually made from the root of the hydrangea plant.

Supports Kidney & Urinary Health

For thousands of years, Native Americans have used hydrangea tea to help fight various illnesses and ailments. ...............

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November 4, 2017 @ 10:37 PM

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg (fresh-grated is especially good)
  • 1½ teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Store in a small glass jar with a tight lid.


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November 1, 2017 @ 3:14 PM


Remedy – 1: (Olive Oil)

Olive oil has a rich source of vitamins E & A along with antioxidant property that helps to fight against the free radicals damaging the skin and also moisturizes your skin. It penetrates deep into the skin and repair (rejuvenates) the skin cells.

Monounsaturated fats and vitamins (B & D) help to prevent the formation of new wrinkles on the skin. Regular application will keep the skin soft, glowing and wrinkle free.

Here are some ways of using olive oil for wrinkles.

  • Take some extra virgin olive oil and apply it on the wrinkles affected skin areas at night before bedtime. Massage gently for few minutes till the oil absorbed into the skin. Leave it for overnight and rinse off your ............

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September 8, 2017 @ 8:49 PM

Dry temples. Oily t-zones. Flaky noses. Red cheeks. If you pay close attention, the exact condition of your skin varies inch by inch. So why do we slap one mask over the whole thing and expect the benefits to be all-encompassing?

Multimasking involves using different types of masks on different areas of the face. Oilier areas can get charcoal and clay. Dry areas can get more moisturizing formulas, and an oatmeal mask can soothe red patches. Use sheet masks? Unless you’re trying to keep it on your chin, these can easily be snipped away at to cover only half of your face. There should be enough liquid essence to keep it in place.

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August 8, 2017 @ 8:28 PM

Basic Guidelines For Natural Anti-Aging Skin Care

Drink plenty of water! No matter how old you are you should be drinking lots of water. It keeps you hydrated and flushes toxins out of your body.


A healthy balanced diet. A balanced healthy diet high in anti-oxidants is the all-important base for natural anti-aging skin care. Anti-oxidants help protect our skin from damage. As we age our skin changes and our diet should also change to suit our bodies needs. A healthy diet alone can make the world of difference in how your skin ages and looks.

Always wear sun protection. This is the number one cause of premature aging. Wearing a quality natural sunscreen is going to benefit your skin greatly and prevents wrinkles.

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April 7, 2017 @ 7:25 PM

Handmade soaps that don't lather? Let me give you a tip!

The high content of certain oils and butters can decrease the soaps ability to lather on initial usage. Always use a exfoliating sponge to build up your lather, it works! I use a natural fibre, exfoliating sponge which produces a creamy lather leaving my skin beautifully hydrated.

Below is my chocolate absolute soap, the hardest for producing a lather, but with a little intervention from a faithful sponge we have a lovely creamy lather in the making!

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July 23, 2016 @ 12:44 AM

Fomentation. The power of the plant.

I had a severe reaction to my infusion line a while back. My arm was extremely painful, badly inflamed and doubled in size. My first thought was to apply a poultice but decided upon a herbal fomentation of chamomile tea instead for its simplicity. Within several hours of constant application the redness was down by over half and the swelling was almost unnoticeable. The proof is in the seeing. Simple, effective healing.

A fomentation is a topical preparation that allows herbs to be absorbed through the skin. It is prepared by first making a strong infusion, or tea, from the herb parts (usually the leaves, roots, or flowers). Fomentations stimulate circulation, aid in decongestion, draw abscesses, are...............

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June 8, 2016 @ 1:36 PM

Summer colds are here to stay....for a while. Persistent coughing, it drives me bonkers. So of course, I just had to try and create something to sooth and calm the constant hacking. I use Manuka honey in my cough drop tea for best results I find this to be a powerful nectar. Sip as often as needed, the tea is best sipped slowly and not guzzled. The natural decongestant and anti-inflammatory herbs work to gently calm irritation, and If needed, help you get off to sleep. Sleep is a healer too, sleep and herbs are the natural way to heal in harmony.

"Cough Drop" My tea for those persistent and irritating coughs.

Sage: Sage's strong scent, reminiscent of camphor, is particularly noticeable on sunny days, because its ...............

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May 21, 2016 @ 5:34 AM

"It better benefit a man to know one herb in the meadow, but to know it thoroughly, than to see the  whole meadow without knowing what grows on it"  Paracelses.



By Charlie McDonald

Soapweed yucca is one of about 40 yucca species, all of which are native to the New World. It grows in dry rocky soils throughout the Great Plains and is most abundant in short grass prairies and desert grasslands. These plants have a long history of beneficial use. As the name implies, the crushed roots of soapweed yucca produce a lather that makes a good soap or shampoo. The lathering substances called saponins are found in many plants, but are exceptionally concentrated in yucca roots. The dried leaves of soapweed yucca ............

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