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Erin Stewart

How to Make Whipped Body Butter with Herbs and Essential Oils

Last Christmas I gave friends and family gifts that I had purchased from some of my favorite local, small businesses. I love supporting small companies and sharing them with other people who I think would appreciate their products. This year, though, I’m revisiting handmade gifts. I tend to switch between handmade and purchased gifts every

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New Herbal Books Worth Reading

I’m a major bookworm – always have been. I wear glasses now because I used to read in the dark as a kid when I was supposed to be sleeping and now as an adult, I spend more than I should on books. I just love them – maybe even as much as I love

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How to Make Poultices and Compresses

For years, the most complicated poultice I found myself needing in my own home was a simple plantain leaf applied to an insect bite or nettle sting. The first time I used a larger, more intentionally formulated poultice, my husband had just whacked his shin bone with a shovel and a goose egg at least

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Cooking with Herbs: Spicy Ginger Syrup

Many years ago, I used to love the sweet and spicy flavor of the sauce that restaurants use to flavor dishes like orange chicken. It was warming and zingy and delightfully spicy, but I ended up developing an allergy to one of its ingredients and hadn’t been able to eat anything like it for a

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Fall Season Remedies, Scholarship Applications and FAQ

This week’s blog post is a little bit different from my usual weekly articles. Instead of focusing on one topic or recipe, I’m doing a bit of seasonal housekeeping and sharing a few different things with you all in one place. I’ll be talking about some of my favorite fall season remedies that you can

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How to Make Golden Spiced Salve

Every year about this time, I start wanting to use all the warming herbs and spices in everything. It usually starts happening right around the day that the weather starts to feel a bit crisp and our first fall rain arrives. It’s like an instant transition for me. I go from tank tops and flip

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How to Make Your Formulas Even More Effective

Herbal energetics can seem like a really tricky thing to learn. Knowing how to choose just the right herb for just the right person in whatever situation they’re experiencing can feel daunting. Have you ever tried an herb with a specific purpose in mind and found that it just didn’t work for you the way

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25 Herbs to Plant in Autumn

With fall fast approaching, I’ve been spending a lot of time getting the garden ready for the season; planting out fall-sown seeds for veggies and herbs and flowers and cleaning up things that are starting to go dormant or die back. Fall is my favorite time of year and after a busy spring and summer,

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2018 Personal Update + a Surprise for You

I really love reading personal update posts from bloggers who I follow. I try to post a personal update on the blog at least once a year, but when I recently checked to see when I had last shared one, I realized that I haven’t written one since we first set out to move to

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4 Ways to Make an Herbarium

An herbarium is a great way to either display or keep track of dried plant specimens. There are so many ways you can create your own herbarium collection, but today we’re going to cover my 4 favorite methods – bound, framed, loose-leaf, and displayed as a collection. When Jon and I were living in our

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12 Herbs and Flowering Plants to Grow for the Bees

With bee populations declining, I feel like it’s more important than ever to dedicate space in our gardens to growing plants for them. This year, I’ve planted certain varieties especially for them and I’ve spent a lot of time observing what they’re most drawn to in the garden. These twelve easy-to-grow plants seem to be

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How to Make Herbal Tinctures – 3 Ways

Before I started working with herbs on a regular basis, I was always intrigued by the tincture aisle at our local health food store. I remember walking down it one day on my way to the probiotics section and thinking, “Wow! Look at all of them!” This particular store literally had a full aisle of

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Herbal Aromatherapy™ for Congestion

When you’re feeling congested, all you really want is to not feel congested anymore so you can function throughout the day and then sleep well at night. Sounding like a train whistle or a goose when you’re just trying to breathe probably doesn’t make it to the top of anyone’s favorites list. Luckily, there are

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7 Ways to Stay Safe When Foraging

One of our favorite things to do on the weekends is forage for wild edible and medicinal plants. Jon and I love it so much that we created a series of online foraging workshops (the first one opens for enrollment this week!) so that we could share that love with you and teach you more

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The Art of Herbal Hand + Foot Baths

When I first started really learning about herbs, I kept hearing a couple of my herbal teachers speak of an herbalist, Maurice Mességué, who was famous for using herbal hand and foot baths to address his clients’ concerns. I found the method intriguing because at the time, I hadn’t heard much about using foot baths

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Top 5 Rosaceae Family Carrier Oils

This article has been adapted from an article I first published in the February 2017 issue of AromaCulture Magazine. There are many generous plant families. The Lamiaceae and Asteraceae families, for example, each give us dozens, if not hundreds, of medicinal and edible plants that we can use in the apothecary. But one of my

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Guide to Growing, Foraging, and Using St. John’s Wort

You know that speechlessness that takes over your brain when someone asks you what your favorite herb is? That, “Umm, how could I possibly ever choose one? I have no idea how to answer that question!” So you scramble to think of one that you like more than the others and about a dozen different

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Herbal Aromatherapy™ Care + Recipes for Cold Sores

Over the years, I’ve had a few friends request blends and protocols to help them deal with their cold sores. It took a little bit of time to perfect my go-to recipe, but now that I’ve tested a variety of blends and found one that really works for the majority of people who have tried

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Distilling Hydrosols at Home with a Copper Still

One of the things you write in to ask me about most often is distilling hydrosols and essential oils at home, so when I sat down to start writing my first course for you this past winter (I’ll include more info about it at the end of the post – I have a question for

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How to Make an Herbal Shrub with Roses

Our Roses are happily blooming away in the garden and I’ve been enjoying being able to use them in all kinds of kitchen and apothecary recipes, including herbal shrubs. A shrub is an herb-infused preparation that is usually made with vinegar, honey and fruit. My husband really inspired me to like shrubs when he fell

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86 Ways to Use Lavender

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Lavender fan. When we purchase our land, I want to plant at least an acre of it and have a varietals garden where I can permanently plant all the varieties I’ve collected throughout the years. Lavender is one of my two absolute favorite herbs and I love including

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How to Make (& Use) Lilac Flower Honey

My father-in-law absolutely loves Lilacs. I think it’s safe to say they’re his favorite flower. I love them too, and now that I live in an area where there are many, many varieties of them in cultivation, I’m really enjoying getting to work with them. There’s nothing quite like their lovely fragrance! One of our

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7 Things to Make with Calendula Flower Heads

Calendula might be the sunniest little flower in the garden (well, maybe apart from Sunflowers). When it starts blooming, that vibrant, eye-catching color is noticeable from the next street over and the pollinators love it. My plants are always buzzing with happy little critters flitting about and spinning webs. The Calendula bed is a lively,

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Puppy Paws Foot Pad Salve

Are you a dog person? A cat person? An all-around animal lover (that’s me)? One of the many great things about being an herbalist is that my pup gets to enjoy all of the yumminess of dog-appropriate homegrown, health supportive herbs along with us. Since this month’s issue of AromaCulture Magazine is focusing on the

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DIY Muscle Rub Recipe with Herbs + Essential Oils

The first muscle rub product I ever blended was for a friend who wanted a post-workout product to help relax her sore muscles and help her to feel uplifted after her intense workouts. Since then, I’ve further experimented with different recipes to test their effectiveness and this one has turned out to be my favorite.

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The Complete Seed Starting Guide for Herbs & Edibles

When we begin to approach our last frost date, I start to get all kinds of excited because it means that, soon, I’ll be able to start harvesting things from my garden again. Spring is beautiful here. The crocuses and daffodils and hyacinths have flowered and now the tulips and pansies are filling the neighborhood

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