Category: Herbal Remedies

Herbal Remedy for Cradle Cap

Herbal Remedy for Cradle Cap

Cradle cap (or infantile seborrheic dermatisis) is the scaly or crusty patches of skin on your child’s scalp. While it’s completely harmless and not painful, it is unsightly. Baby Jack has had it nearly his entire life, and finely I found an herbal treatment for it. If you’re new to creating your own herbal remedies, check out Herbal Academy’s new herbal starter kit: it’s got the herbs and step-by-step recipes to get your started making your own teas, tinctures and medicinal oils, like this one! Cradle cap is caused by the skin producing excess oil on the scalp, which creates […]

How to Make an Herbal Tincture

How to Make an Herbal Tincture

Herbal tinctures are an excellent way of consuming medicinal herbs and preserving your herbal medicine for a very long time. I’m currently learning all about making tinctures, medicinal teas, and salves in Herbal Academy’s Introductory Herbal Course. When I was a kid, playing in the woods behind my house, I used to collect different stones, bark, ferns, etc. and combine them all together in a giant washpan filled with rain water. I knew even back then that plants and minerals held “magical” qualities. Now, taking this course, I’ve discovered that that childish play was what I was always meant to […]

Natural Soap Making for Beginners: Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

Natural Soap Making for Beginners: Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

  My good friend, Kelly, over at Simple Life Mom has finished a beautiful new book on natural soap making and to celebrate, is offering it up as a giveaway for my readers! To start off an entire MONTH of free giveaways, Kelly is offering 2lbs of her homemade, natural organic soap. To enter, click here: a Rafflecopter giveaway. TWO lucky people will win this six month supply of soap! Other giveaways include soaps, herbs, and online herbal classes thanks to Herbal Academy and Mountain Rose herbs. In addition to her month of giveaways, she’s offering a Soapmaking Bonus Collection to anyone […]

Medicinal Plant Profile: Lavender

Medicinal Plant Profile: Lavender

Growing Lavender Lavender is a fantastic beginning herbalist’s plant to grow and use on the homestead. Growing lavender is incredibly easy. It requires little maintenance and is very tolerant to drought or over-watering. It attracts beneficial insects to your garden, and repels mosquitoes and other pests. When selecting your lavender, it is important to be aware of all of the different species of lavender. All lavenders fall into the Lavandula family, but there are 39 distinct varietals. Commonly, Lavandula angustifolia is the strain of lavender used in essential oils and healing remedies. It is also known as “true” lavender, English […]

Herbal Remedies for Hay Fever

Herbal Remedies for Hay Fever

It’s that time of the year again. While Spring brings in beautiful trees and blooming flowers, the warm temperatures send us outside to enjoy the sun after a long, cold Winter. We throw open the windows, get to work on our gardens, and, for many of us, suffer from allergies. I originally thought hay fever referred to a specific allergy, but in reality, it describes the same allergic reaction 30% of the US population suffers from every year. And allergies are on the rise. Sign up for our newsletter

Plant Profile: Vitex (Chasteberry)

Plant Profile: Vitex (Chasteberry)

Identification of Chasteberry Chasteberry (vitex agnus-castus) goes by Chaste Tree, Abraham’s balm, monk’s pepper, safe tree, and wild pepper. It is a flowering shrub native to the Mediterranean region that grows to 15 feet and is showered in tiny delicate flowers. Chasetberry flowers range from blue, to purple, to white. But if you live in the United States, you’ll most likely buy it from a supplier. Medicinal Uses of Chasteberry All parts of the plant can be used medicinally; the roots, leaves, stems, and fruit. You may be curious about the name “Chasteberry”. Certainly it brings up the notion of […]

Wild Edibles: Indian Pipe

Wild Edibles: Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe is one of my favorite plants to find while out in the woods. It’s bright pale coloring makes it seem like something from a fantasy novel. The stems grow 4-10 inches tall and are topped by a single, down-turned bell-shaped flower. It’s a unique perennial that grows without chlorophyll. The whole plant is almost translucent white, but I’ve seen them in varying shades of purple, and pink, too. They usually bloom between June and October. Sign up for our newsletter