Wanna Learn Some Stuff?

One of my resolutions for 2013 was to learn something new.  Well, as they say, be careful what you wish for.  This past year has been full of life lessons, mistakes, and do-overs.  I am grateful for all of the learning I’ve done this year, and grateful for the teachers.

I’d like to share two sites in case you’d like to learn some groovy stuff too.  The author is the same for both, and she is a wealth of information.  Stop by, learn, and enjoy!

Farm at Coventry

Homestead Herbalism


Teasel Root and Lyme Disease

The usual preface about “I’m not a doctor” and “see a qualified practitioner” and ” statements not intended to diagnose or prescribe” blah blah blah.

I live right smack-dab in the middle of the Tick Belt here in the northeastern US.  This time of year, especially, it seems that everyone and his sister has a story about Lyme Disease.

Since I work in a health food store, I have access to a wealth of information about home remedies and herbal treatments.  Lately, my customers have been talking up Teasel Root for Lyme Disease and its co-infections.

Teasel is a prickly plant that once was used to tease or raise the nap on fabrics.

Teasel Plant

Several authors of books on herbal medicine have pointed to teasel as a key remedy in fighting Lyme:  Stephen Harrod Buhner, Wolf D. Storl, Matthew Wood.

Herbs of Light (www.herbsoflight.com) has a couple of products that you might consider if you are looking to treat Lyme naturally, including Teasel Root and Deer Tick Defense.

Be healthy!


Traditional Herbs for Digestion

There are several wonderful herbs for mild cases of indigestion, tummy ache, or even agita.  (For those of you who are not Italian-American, agita is loosely translated as “nervous stomach.”  In other words, someone got you all riled up and now you have a stomachache.)  Here is a brief selection:

  • Anise  (hence the Italian after-dinner liqueur Sambuca)
  • Catnip
  • Dandelion
  • Fennel
  • Peppermint

Of course, as with any kind of remedy, you need to check with a practitioner first.  Some herbs will be better for you than others, especially if you are already taking prescriptions medications.  And dosage will vary too.  Remember, I’m not a doctor.

If you are interested in herbal remedies, check out Herbalist & Alchemist, Herb Pharm, New Chapter, Oregon’s Wild Harvest, and Gaia Herbs, just to name a few good companies.

Be well!


Product Review–Everyday Throat Spray

‘Tis the season for colds and flu, and having been sick for way too long last winter, I was thrilled to find a great product that seems to be a miracle worker for me. A very helpful man at the vitamin store recommended Everyday Throat Spray (www.everydaythroatspray.com), and I will be forever grateful to him.

Osha Root

Ligusticum Porteri (Osha Root)

This is Osha Root, which is the key ingredient in the spray.  According to the Everyday Throat Spray website, Osha is antibacterial and antiviral.  It has a great reputation for fighting respiratory illnesses.  (In reading up on Osha Root, I found this lovely website:  http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/osha_root.php.  Lots of good information there.)

The spray also contains Echinacea Angustifolia, Licorice Root, Ginger Root, Peppermint, and Colloidal Silver.  It sells for $10, and is available in stores and through the website.

Of course, I’m no doctor, and I don’t even play one on TV, so please remember that this is just my opinion here.  Please check that this formula is safe for YOU to use.  Certain people should not use licorice root or Echinacea, for example.  Do your homework first!

Wishing you good health!