Category Herbal Remedies

The Scoop on Salt -Karin

Salt has been sought after for human use for thousands of years and has 40,000 applications from manufacturing to medicine. Years ago, Greeks traded salt for slaves, thus the saying “he’s not worth his salt.” Roman soldiers were partially paid in salt – the word “salary” comes from the Roman “salarium” stemming from the word […]

Fermented Schizandra Hibiscus Soda

2 quarts water 1/4 cup schizandra berries 1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers 1/2 cup evaporated cane juice 1/2 cup yogurt whey Bring water to a boil, add the schizandra berries and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the sweetener and hibiscus and allow it to cool slightly –  until you can put your finger in […]

Cilantro and Pumpkin Seed Pesto

  Use on pasta, in tacos or on polenta…. Clean and pull leaves off one bunch of cilantro and put in a food processor. Add 3+ TB of freshly squeezed lime juice 2-3 cloves crushed raw garlic 1/2 cup raw or sprouted pumpkin seeds 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil  enough olive oil to mix […]

Radiation Update by Karin Uphoff

Many people continue to be concerned about radiation fallout from the nuclear disaster in Japan. Government reports, as can be found at http://www.cdph.ca.gov reassure us that radiation levels are “undetectable” from any of their 9 locations in California (Eureka and Richmond being the closest), and they are measuring about 12 radioactive isotopes every 48 hours in […]

The Magic of Mucilage by Karin Uphoff

A lot can be said for the sogginess of spring – how the rain softens the soil, helps nutrients flow and sink deeper and the way moisture swells and protects lichens and moss. It reminds me of the magic of mucilage in plants.  Mucilage is the slime formed by large polysaccharides (sugars) in plants that […]

Herbal Sitz Bath Recipe for Hemorrhoids

-Susan Bodine Combine equal parts of any or all of the following herbs Stoneroot being the most important: Stoneroot White Oak Bark  Witch Hazel Leaf or Bark Gravel Root Huckleberry Leaf Make a strong decoction (l Tbsp to l cupwater) by simmering as much as your cooking pot will hold for 20 minutes. Pour the […]

Eyewash Remedy

-Dina Falconi l part calendulla 1 part eyebright  l part chickweed l part lavender 1/2 part goldenseal leaf. Steep for 3 hours. Strain and cool. Rinse the eyes with eyewash or eyedropper.