Herbal Medicine Garden: Stevia & Nigella Sativa

Stevia: Relax & Renew Garden

I happen to LOVE Stevia, but it’s an acquired taste. 

Stevia is a staple in my herb garden and I often include it in medicinal tea formulas. No need for sugar or honey, adding a few dried stevia leaves to your tea herbs will ensure that your tea will always be naturally sweet. It has zero calories, and zero glycemic index impact, meaning it doesn’t cause insulin release.

Best of all, you can GROW YOUR OWN

Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar and will retain its sweetness in a jar for at least 18 months. Pull a leaf right off the plant and chew it - yum! 

Nigella Sativa aka Black Seed: Skin Care Garden

This tiny seed is packed with loads of healing power. I found 318 clinical studies and even more research articles defining the ability of Nigella to improve or eradicate conditions ranging from MRSA and asthma to diabetes, obesity, and bacterial and fungal infections.

Many people use black seed as an oil, and others...

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Alltogetherb: Uva-Ursi

This Week's Alltogetherb: Uva-Ursi

How can we talk about kidney cleansing without focusing some attention on the ‘ol recurring UTI’s?

Urinary tract Infections can be a seldom occurrence, or a chronic nightmare, and directly tied to kidney and urinary tract function. Uva-Ursi is an important herb in our UTI formula because of its high concentration of arbutin, which is a urinary antiseptic and astringent. Uva-Ursi leaves also contain anesthetic actions, easing some of the pain indicative of UTIs. 

Regular use of Uva-Ursi when supported in a UTI formula with other synergistic herbs, will combat long-term or recurring UTIs. 

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Kidney Stones

Kidney Stones

If you experienced kidney stones, it's something that you never want to experience again. Sufferers tell me that the pain is worse than childbirth, (although it’s usually men that tell me that, and… well, how the heck would they know?)

I’m lucky, but have been caring for clients who were suffering, and was really surprised by how much pain such a small pebble of calcified minerals can inflict on the human body. 

Kidney stones can be the result of several things, but we’ll keep it simple and focus on ways you CAN make a difference with a few preventative measures. 

  1. If your Kidney Stones are a result of calcium oxalate crystals, (which 80% of stones are) then adding some fresh squeezed lemon juice to your drinking water everyday will help prevent them from forming. 
  2. If you already HAVE kidney stones, there are two herbal options our clients have good luck with. 
    1. The first is an ancient Chinese TCM formula known for its...
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Herbal Medicine Garden: Aloe & Passion Flower

First we have Aloe Vera or Aloe Arborescens aka Candelabra Aloe

It’s spring and these beauties are in bloom! I can see this gorgeous Aloe Vera through my office window, reminding me to calendar our sunburn salve formulas! The Aloe Vera has over 250 species, but the one with the highest degree of medicinal value for topical burns? This giant, the Arborescens. Some people use the juice, which is taken from the base of the leaf, but the gel is easy to access by cutting a leaf open and squeezing or scraping out the cooling gel. Aloe has been an herbal staple around the world for centuries, often referred to as the ‘First Aid Plant’.

Commercial Aloe Vera can contain nasty residue from the collection and packaging process, so always opt for organic, or even better – grow your own!!

Next, we have the Passion Flower! 

Few flowers impact our mood regulators as greatly as Passiflora Incarnata. Packed with flavonoids that combat anxiety, a recent...

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Alltogetherb: Citronella, Clove & Thyme for an Herbal Mosquito Repellent

This weeks Alltogetherb(s): Citronella, Clove & Thyme for an Herbal Mosquito Repellent

They’re baaaaaacckk! It’s summer and along with the warm days and umbrella drinks comes a pesky number of bugs, among them the mosquito. 

Mosquito bites can range from annoying to dangerous, as mosquitos around the globe carry a host of dangerous diseases including Malaria, West Nile virus, Encephalitis, Dengue fever, Parasitic diseases, and more recently, the Zika virus. 

The US Department of Agriculture shared this report, stating that Coconut Oil Compounds actually protect from mosquito bites better than DEET, which is the chemical ingredient in most over the counter mosquito repellents. 

But the best mosquito repellent comes from a combination of these coconut compounds and a few key herbs that have been repelling mosquitoes and biting bugs since bugs and plants began! 

We found research published in the US National Library of Medicine and the Malaria...

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Spring Healing Kidney Cleanse

Welcome to week 2 of the Spring Healing Cleanse where together, we are flushing out our bodies for a fresh start to Summer! And during week 2, we focus on the Kidneys. Why? 

As of February of 2020, 1 in 3 Adults in the U.S. now have Pre-diabetes according to the Center of Disease Control. And of those adults, 80% of them Don’t KNOW they have it. (Yikes!)

Without significant diet and lifestyle changes, (no, Reese’s peanut butter cups are not a Protein), those adults run a high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke. 


Here’s the really short version: Sugar wrecks humans. 


A little longer version: 

The kidneys filter our blood and strain out the waste, sending it to our urinary tract, and we pee it out.  Here’s the problem: When the blood sugar level gets too high (Ben and Jerry’s), and insulin can’t keep our blood sugar level balanced, (that’s why Diabetics take more insulin) your...

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Spring Healing Liver Detox - Week 1

 Liver Detox

Last week, we talked about the Spring Healing program, and gave you a sneak peek at the liver cleanse. Some of you may have even gotten a head start! But if you’re still looking for a reason to jump in, consider this;

  1. Your liver is the primary filter in your body. The  Liver Foundation  gives a list of things to avoid in order to protect your liver. From pesticides and aerosol cleaning products to food additives and fillers, they tell us to avoid it all! Because when you do breathe or eat chemicals, they get stuck in your liver. 
  2. I touched on this last week. Ancient herbal medicine practitioners believed that the liver was the holding place for unresolved emotions. Anger, grief and disappointment to name a few. I always considered it folklore and ‘ancient wisdom’ but nothing science-based. Well buckle your seatbelt and fast forward to the here and now. Scientists have proven that grief, loss, or a traumatic experience...
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Juicing: A Detox Cleanse for your Liver!

Uncategorized May 07, 2020

OK! Let’s boost the power of Spring Healing with some Detox Juicing! 

If you're ready to really show your liver some love, here’s a juicing recipe that will help your liver through this week. Try to drink this at least 4 times, and as often as once a day during ‘Liver Cleanse’ week. 

You'll Need: 

Celery 2 stalks

Ginger Walnut sized 

Lemon 1 medium sized

Spinach 12-20 leaves

Cucumbers 2 medium


Peel the ginger, lemon and cucumber. Remove lemon seeds.

Cut everything into chunks and run it through your juicer.

This has a strong veggie taste, which some people love. If you prefer a sweet taste, add some stevia drops to taste. Drink immediately, and feel the liver-love!

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Alltogetherb: Bupleurum

This weeks Alltogetherb is Bupleurum

Bupleurum has been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years to clear the liver. Ancient herbalists believed that unresolved emotions were held in the liver and could manifest as physical illness. Today, researchers have found science-based connections between Unresolved Emotions and Liver Imbalance.

Clients using Bupleurum for a liver cleansing often report having a ‘good cry’ for no apparent reason, which is a vital part of the liver cleansing process. So find some Bupleurum, grab a box of tissues and let the cleansing begin!

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Herbal Medicine Garden: Lavender

This week we're sharing tips for growing Lavender for your Skin Care Garden!

Lavender is antiseptic, aromatic, and astringent, and eases flare-ups caused by eczema and psoriasis. The word Lavender is from the Greek word Lavare, which means ‘to wash’, indicating its use in skin and topical treatments for thousands of years. 

Harvesting Lavender is an easy process, ongoing throughout the summer months. Start now and you’ll have plenty of Lavender when we start making skin care treatments later this summer.

 Cut the lavender in the late morning if possible. Rinse it really early in the morning and let it dry. Harvest before noon, after it’s dry, but before the heat of the day. Cut the stems low in the plant, bundle and tie them. Hang them blossom-side down in a cool dry place with the flower heads over a bowl or container. 

Each time you walk by, gently shake the lavender, which will give up the blossom seeds as it dries out. I learned this...

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