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Erin Stewart

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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7 Things to Make with Dandelion Flower Heads

Would you believe that, when we lived in southern California, I rarely saw a Dandelion? We lived in such a pesticide-laden area that whenever we did see a Dandelion, we would cheer it on and congratulate it for blooming. Our area was so manicured that “weeds” were a rare sight. Many communities are now seeing

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The Differences Between Helichrysum Essential Oils

Awhile back, I published an article all about the differences between the different Lavender essential oils and I had a few of you ask if I could post an article like it that outlined the differences between Helichrysum essential oils. This one is for you! Helichrysum is a small, flowering Daisy family plant that produces

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7 Things to Make with Violet Flowers

When I first joined Instagram (after much coercing on the part of friends and family who knew I would love all the pretty photos despite my aversion to social media), all the herbalists were posting about their Violet flower harvests and sharing their pretty recipes with the world. I was living in a 3rd story

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How to Make Violet Flower Breast Serum

Violet’s heart shaped leaves and delicate purple blooms are perfectly suited to women-specific breast health applications. The nourishing herbal infusion made with Violet leaves and / or flowers can be taken internally to help support the health of the breasts and the lymphatic system. Violet can also be applied directly to the breasts as a

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How to Make Comfrey Ointment

I first started learning about Comfrey several years ago when I found a couple of videos about it on YouTube. (I found the same videos again for you! This one by Yarrow Willard and this playlist of videos by Susun Weed.) When I first started learning, I didn’t really know what to make of Comfrey

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Violet Flower Herbal Shrub Recipe

When Violets (Viola odorata and Viola spp.) begin popping their sweet little heads up above their green covers in late winter to early spring, we know warmer days are well on their way. Violets are one of the first plants I start working with in spring because they are one of the first to wake

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Top 10 Herbs for the Cardiovascular System

We’re covering a lot of heart-healthy herbs and essential oils this month here on the blog and in the February issue of the magazine, which revolves around herbs and essential oils for the cardiovascular system. These 10 botanicals are my absolute favorites for heart-health blends, both physical and emotional. You’ll find some of them in

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Herbal Heart Tonic Shrub Recipe

My husband has always been an apple cider vinegar fan. He was drinking vinegar as a sort of tonic long before drinkable vinegars became popular (it eventually became an “in thing” for awhile when we were living in southern California and, since then, it’s seemed to become a lot more common) and long before I

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Hawthorn and Cardiovascular Health: An Herbal Monograph

If I were to ask you which herb is most effective for supporting the health of the cardiovascular system, most of you would immediately think of Hawthorn. This strong, yet gentle, protective plant is one of my long-term herbal buddies. Our February issue of AromaCulture Magazine is centered around the theme of herbs and essential

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Herbs and Essential Oils I Always Keep On Hand

I recently shared a post all about where I source my herbs and herbal products (essential oils, tinctures, flower essences, seeds, etc.) and one of the follow-up questions I received after publishing it was, “So, which products do you recommend always keeping on hand?” I thought this was a great question so I’m sharing my

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Turmeric’s Therapeutic Effects

Turmeric (Curcuma longa, C. domestica) is an herb with a reputation. Even people who don’t use herbs for anything beyond flavoring their favorite dishes often know that Turmeric can be used to help reduce chronic inflammation, relieve pain, and help to improve overall health and well-being. I have one friend who is very involved with

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How to Use Spicy Essential Oils Safely

This article was first published in the November issue of AromaCulture Magazine. One of the trickiest groups of essential oils to use safely is the group derived from spices. Many of the essential oils in this family contain chemical constituents that come with contraindications and can be irritating to the skin, so it’s important to

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Herbal Aromatherapy™ Words to Know

There are a lot of words that you learn when you start studying herbs and essential oils and, at first, sorting out what each of them means can feel a little bit daunting. I’ve put together a list of a lot of the words you’ll need to know here for you so you can reference

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