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  ON March 02,2021

Herbs for Deep Nourishment

As mentioned in my previous article, How to Boost Immunity from the Inside Out, one of the best ways to take care of your vitality, longevity, and immunity is with nourishing herbs. These herbs for deep nourishment are not a quick fix, but rather are most effective if taken over long periods of time. The…

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  ON February 26,2021

Seed Soaking: Herb Gardening 101

Seed soaking is a method of preparing seeds, specifically those with hard outer shells, for planting. Seeds that need to be soaked are usually wrinkled on the outside, such as peas, fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum), and fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). That wrinkling happens as the seeds dehydrate, which keeps them free from rot and safe for storage….

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  ON February 24,2021

Book Excerpt: Sustainable Herbs Project

This excerpt is from Ann Armbrecht’s new book The Business of Botanicals: Exploring the Healing Promise of Plant Medicines in a Global Industry (Chelsea Green Publishing, February 2021) and is reprinted with permission from the publisher. Globally, some thirty thousand plant species are said to be used for medicinal purposes, and four to six thousand…

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Seed Scarification: What Herb Gardeners Need to Know | Herbal Academy | Let’s take a look at a few different methods of seed scarification to increase germination rates among seeds with tough outer shells.
  ON February 23,2021

Seed Scarification: What Herb Gardeners Need to Know

Seeds are packaged by nature to survive the elements. A tough outer shell protects the tender plant embryo inside. Some seed coatings are tougher than others. Seeds with the toughest coatings can be hard to crack, which is why they germinate at much higher rates when exposed to conditions like fire, freezing, or digestive processes…

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Community Herbalism: 3 Ways to Make it More Accessible | Herbal Academy | You’re ready to put community herbalism back into your practice but don’t know where to start? Here are 3 ways to make it more accessible.
  ON February 17,2021

Community Herbalism: 3 Ways to Make it More Accessible

Awhile back, I was sitting outside and thoughts tinged by panic began to pop up, seemingly out of nowhere. A voice inside asked, “isn’t your business just participating in capitalism? Is there any community in your community herbalism practice? Do your personal values match your business values? Upon considering this message, I had to admit…

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  ON February 16,2021

Ayurvedic Tips to Boost Immunity from the Inside Out

Maintaining a healthy immune system has become a high priority for a lot of folks in recent times. If you are inclined toward herbalism and natural approaches for immune boosting, you may turn to immunostimulants such as elderberry (Sambucus nigra) and garlic (Allium sativum), immunomodulants like astragalus (Astragalus mongholicus) and reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), and antimicrobials…

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Student Feature Series: Chelsea Stephens @wildflowerandtherose | Herbal Academy | For the eighth installment of our Student Feature Series, we spoke with herbal hair color specialist Chelsea Stephens.
  ON February 12,2021

Student Feature Series: Chelsea Stephens @wildflowerandtherose

For the eighth installment of our Student Feature Series, we spoke with herbalist and herbal hair color specialist Chelsea Stephens. Chelsea has completed the Introductory Herbalism Course, the Entrepreneur Herbal Course, the Botanical Skin Care Course, and is currently enrolled in our Intermediate Herbal Course. She applies her herbal knowledge toward running her business, @wildflowerandtherose….

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  ON February 11,2021

Nourishing Herbal Soup Seasoning Mix

A healthy immune system serves as your personal smooth-running militia, with the number one goal of protecting your body from pathogenic invaders.  Especially these days, it’s so important to build a stronger immunity and there is a lot you can do so that it can work effectively when you need it. On a cold winter…

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  ON February 09,2021

Echinacea and Goldenseal: When to Use One Over the Other

Echinacea (Echinacea spp.) and goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) are popular herbal allies during cold and flu season. These plants can help cope with cold and flu symptoms and aid the body in its recovery process. Both echinacea and goldenseal have antibacterial properties; however, understanding them in this narrow context doesn’t fully inform their whole range of…

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