My Mind on Allergies

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It’s tree pollen season. Maple, Oak, and Elm are the big offenders here in Maryland, and I am allergic to them all. I didn’t have allergies growing up in coastal Maine, but when I came down here to live I learned all about the wide variety of symptoms that can be caused by seasonal allergies. […] Read more »

3 N’s For The Nose Part 3

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3 N’s for the Nose: Neti, Nasya, and Nettles by Tom Wolfe Part 3: Nettles “Boiled with barley and eaten as a porridge several times a day, the fresh or dried leaves of sister spinster stinging Nettle loosen and bring up deep congestion without irritating sensitive respiratory tissues…Considered a specific for adults with asthmatic allergies, […] Read more »

3 N’s for the Nose Part 2

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3 N’s for the Nose: Neti, Nasya, and Nettles by Tom Wolfe Part 2: Nasya “Boiled with barley and eaten as a porridge several times a day, the fresh or dried leaves of sister spinster stinging Nettle loosen and bring up deep congestion without irritating sensitive respiratory tissues…Considered a specific for adults with asthmatic allergies, […] Read more »

3 N’s for the Nose Part 1

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3 N’s for the Nose: Neti, Nasya, and Nettles by Tom Wolfe Part 1: Neti   “Boiled with barley and eaten as a porridge several times a day, the fresh or dried leaves of sister spinster stinging Nettle loosen and bring up deep congestion without irritating sensitive respiratory tissues…Considered a specific for adults with asthmatic […] 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 »

Take a Deep Breath

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Fall is a glorious time of year, but the sudden chill in the air, the leaf mold piling up, the wind and cold rain that herald this season of transition can be very hard on the respiratory system. Colds, flus, allergies, and lung irritation can come upon us quickly and intensely, and who wants to […] 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 »

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 »

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 »