Nettles: Using The Whole Plant

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Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioicaI’ll paraphrase one of my favorite herbalists, jim mcdonald, when he speaks to the difficulty some folks have in gaining confidence with herbs. He suggests picking one or two herbs to focus on completely– Grow them, eat them, read about them, make medicine with them, etc.; if you really got to know, […] Read more »

When Nettles Aren’t Enough

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When Nettles Aren’t Enough: Welcome to Spring in the Mid-Atlantic We got a little taste of Spring with a record-breakingly warm February in much of the Eastern and Mid-Western U.S. For us here in the DC/Baltimore area, that meant an unexpected round of very early spring allergies! With actual spring just around the corner, we […] Read more »

Two Uses for Nettles (you may not know)

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The Amazing Benefits of Nettle Leaf Just Don’t Quit   Here at Smile Herb Shop we’re big fans of Nettles. Ask any of our herbalists what their favorite thing is about this herb and you’re likely to get lots and lots of answers! Best known these days for dealing with seasonal allergies, Nettles can do […] Read more »

Quick ‘n Easy Fall Immune Tips

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Reishi mushroom With Fall and the new school year upon us, it’s smart to be prepared for the upcoming challenges to our immune systems. Here are just a few things that can weaken our immunity: Stress and anxiety Seasonal changes Insufficient sleep Exposure to pathogens and large groups of people Untreated allergies Travel Sudden changes […] Read more »

Eczema and Herbal Lymph Symphony

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Calendula Eczema and Herbal Lymph Symphony   Eczema is a chronic and painful inflammation of the skin. It appears as blisters, itchy rashes, or scaly patches of skin. While modern medicine can treat eczema, these medicines simply treat the symptoms and not the underlying cause. Herbalists treat eczema by soothing symptoms, yes, but also by looking […] Read more »