HOW TO MAKE HERBAL BITTERS FROM CITRUS PEEL ~ AND WHY YOU NEED THEM IN YOUR LIFE

Now that the holidays are fully behind us, I’m going to take the liberty of suggesting an easily attainable New Year’s resolution for you … bring herbal bitters into your daily routine. It is a simple and affordable way to take care of yourself on one of the most fundamental levels of overall health; your gut microbiome.

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STINGING NETTLES || URTICA DIOICA

I’m sitting watching the snow fall outside my window and dreaming about stinging nettles; scientific name Urtica dioica. I haven’t been able to find any reliable information about whether or not this springtime herb grows wild in my region. To be honest, at this point I haven’t looked very hard. I’ve just brushed the surface with a quick google search. But, regardless of whether they grow here or not, I know I can cultivate them in this climate. WIN FOR ME!

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GINGER || ZINGIBER OFFICINALE

“Ginger is truly an herbal emissary in the broadest sense. Perhaps no other herb,  except garlic, crosses all barriers, cultural, historical, and geographic – food versus medicine, Western versus Oriental, scientific versus folk tradition. Ginger is a universal herb in all respects.” ~ Steven Foster

Once you’ve discovered the extensive and powerful healing attributes of ginger, you wonder how you ever survived without her.

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HOW TO MAKE INFUSED CALENDULA OIL

Calendula is one of my very favorite herbs. It is absolutely impossible to look at her bright, cheery blooms and refrain from smiling. Before she is even given a chance to work any of her healing miracles on the human body, she lifts it’s spirits 😉

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MULLEIN || VERBASCUM THAPSUS

So you want to learn a little bit about mullein. I wouldn’t expect anything less – She is marvelous!

Mullein is a member of the Scrophularia family. Her botanical name is Verbascum thapsus.

This plant has a rather majestic appearance. It is biennial and grows to be quite tall in it’s second year. Much of the time that I spent with mullein in the wild was in Northeast PA. I regularly came across plants there that towered over my 5’9″ height.

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