Relaxing With Passion Flower

Passiflora incarnata (with bee)

Passiflora incarnata (with bee) Passion Flower’s fantastic beauty is a medicine in itself, but this lovely vine has much more to offer than its stunning, dramatic blooms. This time of year in the garden, Passion Flower vines are 4-5 inches tall with a few tiny leaves. But given time, sunlight, and water, they will climb […] Read more »

Frankincense Chewing Gum

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If you’re looking to try something new and different for your health, try chewing on some Frankincense resin instead of commercial gum. Pop a tear of Frankincense in your mouth and it soon becomes the consistency of chewing gum, with the aromatic, gently invigorating flavor of the ancient Frankincense herb, Boswellia spp. Unlike commercial chewing […] Read more »

Nettles: Using The Whole Plant

Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica

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

The Superfoods Group

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

Ginger root

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 »