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Expand, Spirituality & Mysticism

Honoring the Elements

Meditation on a home altar. As the bright days of summer fade to soggy, gauzy grey, I wrap my sweater close for warmth and desire to be safely home before early darkness falls. Wit …

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DIY, Garden, Home

The Herbalist Is In: Harvest Season

September is a plentiful time in the herb garden. The early, abundant September garden is a gratifying sight which beckons us to the harvest and keeping of the fruits of our labor. …

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Food & Health, Local Harvest

Over-Wintering Delicious Herbs

Got a window that gets six hours of sun a day? You can grow herbs indoors! With fall  upon us, it is a bit disheartening to look out at the abundant fresh herb supply and imagine i …

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DIY, Recipes

Herbs in Abundance: Dip, drizzle and marinate with fresh garden herbs

Now’s the time to take advantage of the abundance of fresh herbs in the garden. Make a salad sing with diced fistfuls of parsley, sorrel and chives added to a basic vinagrette. Add …

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Science, Think

Herbs in Contraceptive History

Throughout the ages, some plants have been counted on as the best hope for prevention of pregnancy and have been used as either a spermicide or as an abortifacient. In researching …

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Herbal Help for Healthy Lungs

My son Dave is the reason I became an herbalist. He had severe asthma and allergies as a child and when he was four, our pediatrician said it was time to put him on steroids. Unwil …

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The herbalist is in: Sacred herbs

These ancient tools give form to the human capacity for feeling and reverence.by Merry Lycett Harrison Theresa Vuihill is the curandera for her small village in a remote area of no …

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The Herbalist Is In: November 2008

Herbal awareness is on the rise, as exhibited at this year’s farmer’s market.by Merry Lycett Harrison Six years ago, when I first took my handcrafted, herbal products to the Downto …

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The Herbalist Is In: Restorative Herbs

Restorative herbs help bring the body back into balance. by Merry Lycett Harrison Last Saturday, a fit but pale woman visited my Millcreek Herbs booth at the downtown farmer’s mark …

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The Herbalist Is In: August 2008

Herbs are abundant now. Try these recipes for dips, drizzles and marinades. by Merry Lycett Harrison Now’s the time to take advantage of the abundance of fresh herbs in the g …

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The garden you didn’t plant—hold the weed whacker, nix the spray

One of my favorite moments in spring is when I come home in the afternoon to air scented by the sweet violets blooming in my yard. Their flowers vary in color from pink to deep pur …

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The Herbalist Is In: MDs and Herbalists

A visit to an integrative medicine conference. by M.L. Harrison When people learn I am an herbalist, they often share their frustration and dismay that their “regular doctor …

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Creekside Observer: Waiting for Spring

A rat, a raccoon, a lone mallard: We are all waiting for spring. It is mid-January and the predawn temperature has registered below 10 degrees for the last two weeks. Snow from a h …

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The Herbalist Is In: Herbs to Manage Blood Sugar

Herbs can help manage blood sugar (but you still need to eat right and exercise). by Merry Lycett Harrison I just had my annual checkup and blood test. Everything is normal except …

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Creekside Observer: Nine Hawks

A stormy flight of the Wasatch ridgelines. by M.L. Harrison After work that Saturday, I decided to take the long way home, forgoing the convenient, speedy freeway for the scenic gr …

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