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 »

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 »

Cleansing Aromatherapy Bath

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Nothing is more cleaning and cleansing than soaking in a nice warm tub of water, letting its fluidity lap away at the dirt and worries of the day, leaving them behind as you step out to dry off and watching all that stuff swirl right down the drain. Baths can also be a great way […] Read more »

Spicebush: An Under-utilized Appalachian Medicine

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by Betsy Miller, M.S., CNS, LDN Spicebush, Lindera benzoin, is a small deciduous tree that typically grows in the understory of forests.  The tree is native to eastern North America, and ranges along the Appalachian mountains from Florida to as far North as Ontario and as far west as Kentucky and Texas.  The leaves and […] Read more »

Can One Herb Really Do All That??

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Credit: Photo by Pancrazio Campagna Stinging Nettles Can one herb really… Soften the skin Luxuriate and bring shine to hair Control allergies Cleanse the liver Aid in kidney function Help with arthritis and joint pain Provide essential vitamins and minerals Refresh, tone and rejuvenate the entire body Help you survive if lost in the wild […] Read more »

Office Yoga

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Relax and Refresh Throughout The Day With These Simple Yoga Poses   Getting up away from your desk and computer every hour or two can greatly improve your health and concentration. Sitting still for long periods can reduce circulation, putting extra stress on your cardiovascular system, digestion, and immune system to name a few. And […] Read more »

The Many Uses of Ginger

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The Ginger plant, Zingiber officinale, is native to southeast Asia, and its pungent roots have a long history of culinary and medicinal use. The gnarled, beige rhizomes also grow wild in Africa and Australia, and it is cultivated in many other warm climates of the world. You can easily grow ginger in a pot at […] Read more »

Moringa- What’s Not To Like?

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Moringa is one of the most power-packed, health-enhancing plants on the planet. It is native to parts of Africa and Asia and can be found on the foothills of the Himalayan mountains in northwestern India. One of Moringa’s nicknames is the “drumstick tree” due to the shape of the seed pods. So why is Moringa […] Read more »

Turmeric and Your Health

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Turmeric is a native herb of India. It has been used medicinally for over 2,500 years, and recent researchers have been learning more about the health benefits of this amazing plant. Turmeric has long been known as a powerful anti-inflammatory, while recent studies have found that it can aid in the treatment of a wide […] Read more »

Herbs to Ease Joint Discomfort

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People experiencing joint inflammation and pain often seek new treatment options. For many inflammation sufferers, prescription drugs and physical therapies fall short of providing enough relief. According to the Arthritis Foundation in the United States, herbal supplementation is a valid treatment option. Several herbs from different regions in the world can help ease the joint inflammation that […] Read more »