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Herbalism for Beginners: Glycerin Based Extracts

Kailah T.

Herbalism for Beginners: Glycerin Based Extracts
Glycerites are glycerin-based tinctures made using food grade vegetable glycerin to extract vitamins and minerals from plant material. 

Herbalism for Beginners: Water-Based Preparations

Herbalism for Beginners: Water-Based Preparations

  There are tons of ways to extract all the good stuff from your plants. Common solvents include water, vinegar, alcohol, and glycerin. While alcohol-based tinctures are what most people think of when they think of folk medicine, water-based extractions (or herbal teas) are the easiest and most common way to make herbal preparations. Chances are, you’ve likely brewed yourself a cup of herbal tea without thinking of this simple preparation as plant medicine. Herbal teas are mild extractions that allow us to become familiar with the taste, smell, and effects of the plants we use. Incorporating herbal teas into...


Herbalism for Beginners: What to Expect

Kailah T.

Herbalism for Beginners: What to Expect

If you’ve found your way to this blog series, I’m assuming that you have a strong interest in herbalism, but don’t quite know where to start. I’ve been there. There is so much information out there that it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what you want your herbalism journey to look like. Since there are many schools of thought in the herbalism community, I’ll share a bit about my herbalism background so you can decide if this blog series is a good fit for you. I consider myself a Southern folk herbalist, as my study of herbalism has...


Herbalism for Beginners: Starting Your Home Apothecary

Kailah T.

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Herbalism for Beginners: Starting Your Home Apothecary

In this post, I’ll be sharing ten great plants to have on hand for developing your home apothecary. This list is designed to introduce you to a variety of herbs you can become familiar with through smell, taste, and practicing different herbal preparations. Nettle Nettle, also known as stinging nettle,  is a nutrient-dense plant packed full of vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium. Aside from being a great source of vitamins, nettle can be used as a an anti-inflammatory and as means of removing toxins from the body. It’s potential to treat the body both externally and internally makes it...


Herbalism for Beginners: How to Become a Herbalist

Kailah T.

Herbalism for Beginners: How to Become a Herbalist

  Here we are, at the very beginning. A totally clean slate. Right now, I want you to forget everything you’ve read about what you “should know” or “should be studying” in order to be a practicing herbalist. Allow every single influence outside of yourself to exit your mind before you continue reading. Seriously. Take a deep breath. Clear your head. Because you are the brilliant force at the center of your herbalism practice.   Who you are as a person, what you are passionate about, and the needs you have physically, spiritually, and emotionally are going to be what...