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How to Make a Medicinal Oil

How to Make a Medicinal Oil

A medicinal oil is an infusion of plant material in oil. Oil infusions are a method used by Herbalists to extract the medicinal properties of plants. This method is used with all types of plant materials, but most often with flowers, leaves and stems. Herbal Infused... read more
Jewel weed

Jewel weed

The benefits of Jewelweed are quite specific. Today it is most widely used as a topical treatment for extreme itchiness and rash caused by contact with plants and insects, most notably: poison ivy, oak and sumac.  This plant is wonderful to know and easy to recognize.... read more
Walking the River Trail

Walking the River Trail

Yesterday I was out walking the river trail with an old friend who has recently moved to our village. As we walked and talked and caught up with each other, we passed by the aspens and birch I so often stop and smell, taste and even talk to. I felt myself wanting to... read more
What She Does

What She Does

In essence, Aryn is a herbal medicine-maker. Creativity is the touchstone of what Aryn does – a creativity rooted in years of learning, study, and research, and a fair amount of trial and error. To make herbal medicines Aryn extracts the healing properties from... read more
Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy is a plant with quite a reputation. Knowing how to identify it and being respectful of its presence are the first keys to avoiding the rash. The other is getting to know the plants that relieve the reaction. Nature is inherently balanced such that if a... read more
St John’s Wort – The Plant of Light

St John’s Wort – The Plant of Light

Among the most well-known herbs, St. John’s wort, Hypericum perforatum, is native to Europe, though it has now naturalized across much of North America. You will find this beautiful bright yellow flower growing in poor soil, fields, road sides, and ditches. As Kiva... read more

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