Angelica Root

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Angelica root is a warm carminative herb. It’s extremely useful for gas, appetite, intestinal spasms, diarrhea, gastric ulcers, and indigestion. Angelica root is also antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and an emmenagogue. The smell and taste of angelica is very similar to carrots and is used often in digestive tonics. It should be avoided during pregnancy because of its high volatile oil count and its emmenagogue properties.

Angelica can also be used as a nervine. Angelica can have a significant anti-anxiety effect.

If you’re having stomach issues and are also sick, angelica root can help as it’s also an expectorant and decongestant. Angelica is a great lung tonic, so while releasing mucous, it also strengthens lung tissue. Look to angelica to aid with coughs, bronchitis, and flu.

As an emmenagogue, angelica can help with cramping caused by a menstrual cycle. It can also be used to induce a cycle, especially for irregularity.


Add angelica to blends for colds and flu, fevers, and monthly cycles.

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Practice Essential Oil Safety

Always practice caution.

The Herb Society of America Blog

By Beth Schreibman-Gehring, Chairman of Education for The Western Reserve Herb Society unit of The Herb Society of America

Essential oils with rocksI love working with essential oils and have for several decades. It’s been lovely to witness their surge in popularity over the past 15 years.  Essential oils are wonderful for diffusing and creating a relaxing aura of comfort. Certain oils like lavender, frankincense, and rose are skin care standards which, when used correctly, are lovely additions to any wellness program

While essential oils are great, consumers must know proper safety.

Without safety measures, bad things happen. For example, I’ve been to a yoga class where a well-meaning yogi dabbed oils directly onto my skin during shavasana to promote relaxation. In theory this would be lovely, but it could cause an allergic reaction for some people. The yogi should be aware of the participants’ sensitivities.

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Thanksgiving and the Importance of Family 2018

2018 Holiday Sale on herbal courses! 

Fair warning. This post is going to be pretty picture heavy. Although we were home for Thanksgiving, we traveled to Pennsylvania Monday and came home Wednesday night just before Thanksgiving.

I won’t lie. I was very antsy for several reasons. One being that this was the first time we have spent the night away from home (out-of-state even!) since we’ve lived on a farm. I was very hesitant to leave my animals. I have a very deep bond with my rabbit and I was very nervous to leave him behind. Our neighbors did a fantastic job keeping an eye on the animals. They even kept Willow, our bunny, at their house and let him out of his cage for exercise.

The other reason why my husband and I were both antsy is our children’s great-grandmother (my husband’s grandmother) is very ill. We went to be present while she was signed into hospice and to spend time with her. We’re very happy to see that she was open to the idea of hospice and that she was in such high spirits. She was very clear to what she wanted as she entered this phase of life and we’re grateful she has the opportunity to make these choices as too many in our world don’t get such an option. Our daughter is one of granny’s biggest fans. Although our children don’t understand the reason for our journey into the cold, they embraced the adventure with grace (first time flying and leaving Florida) and were more than ecstatic to see their family.

Photographed by Amanda Harman

We visited Granny at least once a day since we were there. She was in great spirits and was even up to a dinner outing with several family members on our second night there.



We took the kids into the snow on a small hike. It was their first time seeing snow. It was a great introduction because it was in the 40’s and the snow was melting. After spending time in nature, our son decided he wanted to move into the mountains.


We also had a small break on a playground, where both parents and children got to be kids.





We visited one of my favorite places to go: Gettysburg. I had to use the camera on my phone because I didn’t want to fly with my DSLR. So much happened there and although I love the rich history, it gets quite draining knowing what happened there and the terrible price many had to face in the name of war.

Both children were eager to know when our next trip will be. I wish we had an answer for them. I would love our next trip to be a warmer one. Like my children, I do love and miss mountains (never being one for the beach), even though I prefer the warmth of Florida. I was very happy to get to see Granny especially. She is a firecracker, but has always been especially kind to my family and to me. I have always enjoyed sitting with her and listening to her stories. This Thanksgiving, we were very thankful for the opportunity to spend time with family.


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Ratatouille in a pumpkin

I never would have thought of this. Would be very interesting to try.

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GAB_9811_res_mix Ratatouille in a pumpkin

I did my Ratatouille recipe a few years back. It was Julia Child’s recipe from her book. Yesterday I tried my recipe because my little boy don’t like red sauce this time. It is just a phase. So, for him, I made it with white sauce and for adults I made Ratatouille in a pumpkin.

Why? Because I had one hanging around and I didn’t know what to do with it. We say Sunday the movie Ratatouille and my son wanted what “The small cook” served. So here is our recipe.


  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 zucchini
  • Olive oil
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 5 cloves mashed garlic
  • 10 small tomatoes cut in two
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chili pepper
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • 500 ml tomato juice homemade
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 pumpkin


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Clinical Safety of Ephedrine Alkaloid-free Ephedra Herb Extract (EFE)

Very interesting read, especially since I don’t have a lot of personal knowledge on Japanese Traditional Medicine. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Ephedra (Ephedra sinicaE. equisetina, and E. intermedia; Ephedraceae) herb (primarily stem tissue) is used in Japanese Traditional Medicine (Kampo) formulations. Ephedra herb is defined in the Japanese Pharmacopoeia as stem material containing ˃0.7% ephedrine alkaloids (ephedrine and pseudoephedrine). Ephedrine alkaloids (EAs) are thought to be responsible for the analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antitussive, and diaphoretic effects of ephedra. EAs stimulate adrenaline receptors and may induce adverse effects such as hypertension, heart palpitations, insomnia, and dysuria (painful urination). Due to deaths attributed to excessive intake or misappropriate use of ephedra, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has prohibited the sale of supplements containing EAs. These authors have reported that ephedrine alkaloid-free ephedra extract (EFE) has analgesic, anti-influenza, and c-Met receptor inhibitory effects (the latter suppresses the metastasis of cancer cells). These findings suggest that the pharmacological effects of ephedra are not solely due to EAs, and…

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