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Milky Oats Plant Profile

Milky Oats

Milky Oats Plant Profile

Milky Oats is both a customer favorite and a personal favorite. Check out this blog post to learn more about Oat Medicine, how it works, and who it is most supportive for.

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Reishi Mushroom Benefits, History, and Ways to Use Our Favorite Fungi

Reishi Mushroom Benefits, History, and Ways to Use Our Favorite Fungi

Reishi is a beautiful mushroom and a multifaceted herb. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reishi is regarded as a primary ‘superior herb’, an “herb for the immortals” (and emperors), and is used to nourish the shen - a person’s mind / consciousness and emotional balance. The fungus is regarded as an immune modulator in Western Herbalism, with a special affinity for the lungs, found to both strengthen the immune system and also balance it if it is overactive.  In the eastern US, we have a native species of Reishi, Ganoderma tsugae, that grows specifically on the trunk of dying Eastern Hemlocks. Hemlock is...

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Jiaogulan

Jiaogulan

Jiaogulan is an easy to grow adaptogen used for helping the body adapt to stress, increasing clarity and energy, while calming the nervous system. The plant's myriad of uses alongside it's abundant growth habit make it an exciting plant to study and use! 

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Strawberry and Elderberry Syrup Granita

Elderberry Recipes

Strawberry and Elderberry Syrup Granita

Filled with fruity antioxidants and immune boosting Elderberry Syrup, this Strawberry/Elderberry Granita is a summer snack that is easy to make, delicious, nourishing, and really fun. 

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Digestive Bitters: Benefits and the Fascinating Evolution of Bitter Taste Receptors

Digestive Bitters: Benefits and the Fascinating Evolution of Bitter Taste Receptors

What Are Digestive Bitters? Bitters are botanical preparations made out of plants that stimulate the body's digestive secretions via the bitter flavor. Contemporarily, certain bitters formulations are used primarily as flavorings in alcoholic beverages, though historically bitters were formulated for their digestive power. Even today, we can see digestifs and aperitifs such as amaro, vermouth and, other herbal liqueur consumed around mealtime as a functional - and delicious - ritual.  In contrast to bitters that may be more beverage focused, digestive bitters are specifically formulated to aid digestion through the stimulation of digestive secretions like saliva, bile, enzymes and hydrochloric acid.  The Evolutionary Role of Bitters  Did...

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