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Herbal Medicine – Enjoy the “side-benefits” of herbs vs. the side effects of drugs.

Herbs are an abundant and potent source of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and powerful phyto-healing properties. When you use herbs to nourish and heal the body you receive all of their healing benefits, beyond the health issue you may have originally been targeting.

Dandelion can be used to cleanse the liver and support the kidneys while it is also beneficial for lowering cholesterol and supporting healthy digestion. You don’t have to worry about eating too many dandelions. Dandelions are just screaming at us, “pick me, pick me!”

Like many herbs Garlic has been used for medicinal purposes around the world for thousands of years. It was even used in the 1700s to ward off the plague. It possesses antibiotic, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.

Burdock root has a sweet, nutty flavor and is known in Japan as “gobo root”. The Japanese cut it into thin slices, steam it and then stir-fry it in sesame oil. Like many bountiful herbs burdock root is considered a noxious weed with annoying burrs that stick to you when you brush by it. Many components of the Burdock plant are edible including its roots, seeds, and the young shoots. Burdock releases water retention, stimulates digestion, aids kidney, liver and gallbladder function and detoxification. TOSHIBA Exif JPEG

Adding fresh mint to your summer lemonade tastes great and is cooling and clearing. But did you know that Mint has strong antioxidant properties and can be used as a sedative, disinfectant and to calm indigestion and gastro-intestinal disorders?  The menthol in Mint is cooling and dispersing and it contains vitamin C.

Simply adding herbs to your daily meals is a great way to boost your nutrition. Add fresh herbs to your salads and steamed vegetables. You can brew them as tea and as a nutritive broth for soups.

Fresh herbs are potent and it is easy to grow in the garden or in pots. If you can’t grow your own herbs you can learn how to harvest local medicinal plants in the forest, field and along waterways.  It is fun to learn how to identify and harvest wild medicinal plants; it is called “wild crafting”.

Join us this summer for a weekend of Wild crafting and Medicine Making,

August 1-3 for an adventurous camping retreat. This hands-on experience will explore field, forest and waterways in Western Mass. We will identify and harvest wild herbs. Learn how to make fresh medicinal extracts, oils, vinegars, and flower essences. Lenore Anderson will be your guide and teacher presenting an in depth understanding of each herb and how specific plant properties contribute to effective health and healing.

For more information and to register:

www.natural-vitality.com/classes-retreats/

Natural Vitality offers several Herbal Extract Formulas in our on-line store.

www.natural-vitlaity.com/shop-2/

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