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 »

SuperFoods to Fight Inflammation

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The Superfoods Group Chronic inflammation is associated with many health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis as well as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and many pain disorders. Research suggests that chronic inflammation can lead to the above health problems, as well as Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Inflammation is an important part of […] Read more »

6 Benefits of Ginger

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Ginger, Zingiber officinale, is a root with a characteristically spicy flavor used in cooking all over the world. Gingerol, one of the identified essential oils in the fresh root has many soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a very useful substance. According to Ayurvedic medicine, which has used ginger root for centuries, the fresh […] Read more »

Inflammation at the root of ill health

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Inflammation is a natural process in the body that helps it heal from injuries. If inflammation didn’t exist, infection even from a small wound could overwhelm the body and lead to serious illness or even death. However, researchers have come to believe that chronic inflammation leads to the most devastating of illnesses, including cancer, diabetes […] 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 »

Turmeric Queen of Spices

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This ancient spice is the answer for just about anything Famously referred to as the “Queen of Spices,” turmeric (also known as curcuma longa) is an herb that originated in India and Asia dating back to 2,000 BC., and has since been used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Known for its pepper-like aroma and bright […] 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 »

Raw Honey: The Nutritional Wonder

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Raw honey is unprocessed honey straight from the beehive, and it is a nutritional wonder. Real raw honey is never heated, never strained, never pasteurized, and never processed in any way. Make sure you read your honey labels carefully to make sure you’re getting the good stuff! Here are just a few of the many […] Read more »

Medicinal Kitchen Part II

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Photo by Nailia Schwarz Common Culinary Herbs and their Medicinal Uses Not only do these herbs add spice and flavor to our favorite dishes, they have powerful medicinal properties too! Unsurprisingly, all of these classic culinary herbs aid in digestion, but here are some of the other health benefits you can receive from using these […] Read more »