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April 3, 2014 Calendar Entry

Posted in april, Chicory on April 3rd, 2014 by Test Account — Be the first to comment!

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Let’s turn to pages 45 and 46. It’s journal time! What is the first sentence that you would write about Chicory? What do you think of his taste? We are looking forward to reading your comments below or on our facebook page!

April 2, 2014 Calendar Entry

Posted in april, Chicory on April 2nd, 2014 by Test Account — Be the first to comment!

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What is Chicory’s botanical name? Turn to the All About Chicory section on page 9 to find out! Then try to make as many words as you can out of the letters. How many words did you write down? Post the words in the comments section below or on our facebook page! Let’s see how many words we can make together!

April 1, 2014 Calendar Entry

Posted in april, Chicory on April 1st, 2014 by Test Account — Be the first to comment!

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Welcome to April! Our herb this month is Chicory. Have you seen him about? Look for plants with blue to purple flowers and leaves with a hairy underside. If you find him and can gather his roots, you will be well on your way to begin making your very own Chicory Extract! The extract is an excellent bitter and is used for digestive issues. People also use it to stimulate bile production and clear the liver.When you are ready, turn to page 29 for the the recipe. Remember to shake the extract daily. After 4 weeks, return to this page for the recommended dosages.

If you are having trouble finding some Chicory roots, head on over to Mountain Rose Herbs. The company has some available at https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/search/search.php?utf8=%E2%9C%93&refine=y&keywords=chicory+roots&commit=Go.

Monday Giveaway – Missouri Herbs Herbal Package

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31st, 2014 by kristine — 37 Comments

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO CRYSTAL A., SHE IS THE WINNER!***

This week’s giveaway is for a herbal care package from my dear friend Jamie Jackson of Missouri Herbs. One lucky winner will get a container of her luscious face cream and a tin of her healing salve. The winner gets to select the scent of face cream and the type of salve.

Face Cream:

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Health food for your face and body. Our creams are made in small batches with Missouri herbal ingredients grown organically on our farm. The beeswax is harvested from an organic Missouri farm on the adjoining property. There are no artificial preservatives, parabens or perfumes. Essential oils are used in scented creams. Shea butter provides a slight natural scent to the unscented batches. Ingredients are non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and were chosen for their skin repairing and moisturizing properties. Tangerine is also good for those prone to acne.

Ingredients: Safflower Oil infused with our organically grown rose hips and Queen Anne’s lace seed, distilled water, shea butter, aloe vera juice, juniper needle hydrosol (not in unscented), hazelnut oil, Missouri organic beeswax, lecithin, lactobacillus ferment, Vitamin E, essential oil (less than 1% in scented creams), and lanolin (less than 1/4%).

Choose from: Tangerine, Lavender, Jasmine or Unscented.

Herbal Salves:

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We infuse herbs organically grown on our farm in safflower oil (except for the Poke Root salve) for 6 weeks and combine with organic, local beeswax.

Pick one of the following salves:

Dry itchy skin salve – helps eczema psoriasis or any dry itchy skin.

1st aid/ plantain salve – the “green band-aid” good for bites (especially chigger), cuts, scrapes, torn cuticles and semi-dry skin. Great for those who work with or wash their hands all day. Nice for dry nostrils too.

Juniper salve – Relieves dry itchy skin cancer patches, perfect for routine breast massage, and nice on chest colds. Juniper naturally contains anti-cancer, anti-tumor properties and is very aromatic.

Poke root/ castor salve – shredded poke root steeped in castor oil for 6 weeks. Helps soften and shrink hard cysts or impacted lymph glands. Not to be used more than 6 weeks at a time.

International entries are welcome but must cover the difference in shipping internationally via paypal.

 About Missouri Herbs:

Medicinal herbs grow in prolific abundance on our farm where we create outdoor spaces based on permaculture growing systems. I began studying health and herbs in 1986 and began studying folk herbalism and making plant medicine full time in 2008. My family and I create plant extracts, infused oils, herbal vinegars, dried teas, and spices from our organically grown herbs. With those plant extracts we make rubs/ salves, face creams and a variety of other things based on the season.

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About Jamie:

As a teenager I experienced a severe health crisis. My mother and grandmother were very interested in using herbs and natural healing methods and that is how I started to learn about using plants as medicine. 

In 1986, I got a job in a local health food store and read everything I could get my hands on.   Since I read most of the books in the store, they asked me to be the store’s book buyer.   Most of the books were geared towards using capsules though. 

In 2000 after another health crisis, I turned to food, herbs, breathing exercises and movement; I am now the healthiest I’ve ever been. I started studying folk herbalism and learning how to make plant medicine full time in 2008.  My husband has been learning about natural building and permaculture even longer.  We hope to teach others what we’ve learned.

 

Want a chance to win this awesome package from Missouri Herbs? Leave a comment with your choices! For more chances to win, leave a separate  comment every time you do one of the following:

-if you’re a kid, tell me how old you are and what your favorite Herbal Roots zine activities are

-Check out Missouri Herbs website and tell me some of your favorite things

-Blog about it (leave reference link)

-Facebook/Myspace/Tweet about it (leave reference link)

-Sign up for the Herbal Roots zine monthly newsletter (and receive an issue for free!)

-Post some pictures of your March activities using Herbal Roots and  Witch Hazel on the Flickr Group Page (Be sure to tell us about it!)

-Become a follower of Herbal Roots on Twitter and tweet this giveaway with hashtags #missouriherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your pinterest name in comments so we can find you)

-Follow Herbal Roots zine on Pinterest and pin this giveaway with hashtags #missouriherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your twitter ID in comments so we can find you)

Sign ups end on and I’ll draw the winner on Monday, April 7, 2014. Thanks for entering and good luck!

Rules of this giveaway:

-You must follow entry rules for each comment for your comment to qualify. For example, if we ask for you to pin the giveaway and you have, please leave your pinterest name in comments so we can find your pin with the correct hash tags listed.

-If you’ve won a giveaway within the last 6 months, please refrain from signing up for the current giveaway so that everyone can have a chance to win! Winners from the last 6 months giveaways will be automatically removed if they leave comments.

-Contest is open internationally unless otherwise mentioned.

-”Liking” Missouri Herbs and/or Herbal Roots zine on Facebook does not qualify as an entry (due to Facebook’s rules and regulations). We are thrilled if you like us but please don’t mention that in the comments as part of the requirements for signing up for the giveaway.

March 28, 2014 Calendar Entry

Posted in march, witch hazel on March 28th, 2014 by Test Account — Be the first to comment!
Photo by Gail Faith Edwards of Blessed Maine Farm http://blessedmaineherbs.com/

Photo by Gail Faith Edwards of Blessed Maine Farm http://blessedmaineherbs.com/

At the beginning of March, we recorded our thoughts about Witch Hazel in the Herb Spirits section. If you will turn to page 8, you will find a second part. Fill out the page, and then look back on page 7.  How have your thoughts changed? How would you describe Witch Hazel’s personality, now. What is her color?

April 2014 – Checking Out Chicory

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27th, 2014 by kristine — Be the first to comment!

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Open in the morning, close at noon, it’s time for lunch, get home soon! Indeed, you can set your watch by Chicory as his flowers fade as soon as the sun is high above in the sky. Also known as blue daisy, blue dandelion, blue sailors, coffeeweed, cornflower and wild endive, this weedy cousin of Dandelion is the subject of this month’s issue of Herbal Roots zine.

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You’ll have fun learning all about Chicory with full 9 pages of recipes, 9 pages of games, lots of fun crafts, and a song to sing and a story to tell.

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What’s new with this issue? We are changing the Calendar page format, allowing the calendar to be useable for any time of the year, breaking down this issue into 4 week blocks. Our biggest issue ever, this issue is over 50 pages long! We love our Chicory around here!

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Checking Out Chicory Table of Contents:

Note to Parents
Supply List
Calendar
Herb Spirit
All About Chicory
Herbal Glossary
Scramble, Search and More: Word Search, Circle the Energetics, Word Scramble, Vitamin & Mineral Soup, How Many Words?
Herbal Botany
Herbal Lore: Chicory Keeps Time
Songs and Poems: Cichorium, Ode to Chicory
Herbal Recipes: Chicory Extract, Chicory Root Syrup, Roasting Chicory Roots, Chicoffee, Chicory Chai, Chicory Poultice, Wilds Foods, Chicory Crowns, Sauteed Chicory Crowns, Chicory Greens, Creamed Chicory Greens Soup, Chicory Flowers, Wild Salad
Coloring Page
Herbal Crafts: Leaf rubbing/drawing of Chicory, Tissue Paper Chicory Flowers, Chicory Flower Crown, Chicory Flower Bouquet
Maze: Find Your Way Through The Chicory Flower
Journal: Write your thoughts, medicine making notes and other information about your month with Chicory
Crossword Puzzle
Resources

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54 pages from Cover to Cover. This month only, $3.99. After April 30, 2014, the price will go up to $7.99.

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March 27, 2014 Calendar Entry

Posted in march, witch hazel on March 27th, 2014 by Test Account — Be the first to comment!

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Today, we are making Witch Hazel Decoction. It is hard to believe that this is the last recipe that we will be sharing with you this month. We hope that you have enjoyed crafting with us! A decoction is similar to a tea, except that twigs and barks are used instead of leaves. This decoction can be used externally as a compress, or as a drink for internal hemorrhaging, diarrhea, and colitis. Turn to page 29 for more information! To your health!

March 26, 2014 Calendar Entry

Posted in march, witch hazel on March 26th, 2014 by Test Account — Be the first to comment!

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What are the differences between compresses, fomentations, poultices, and plasters?

Let us know what you think, then turn to page 28 to find out!

March 25, 2014 Calendar Entry

Posted in march, witch hazel on March 25th, 2014 by Test Account — Be the first to comment!

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Good morning! Three weeks ago, we began our Witch Hazel Extracts. Take a look at your extract.  How has it changed?How does it smell? How does it taste? How would you describe the difference? In one week, the Witch Hazel Extract will be ready to soothe and heal. Please refer to page 26 for the dosage recommendations. If you have questions, let us know!

Giveaway Monday – Herbal Package from Mountain Rose Herbs

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24th, 2014 by kristine — 52 Comments

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to Jessica and her son Joshua, they are the winners of this week’s giveaweay!!!***mrh-logo

This week’s giveaway is for spectacular herbal package from Mountain Rose Herbs! Next month at Herbal Roots zine, it will be all about Chicory and this package will get you off on the right start for learning all about it with ingredients to make yummy Chicory Root Syrup. This package includes:

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4oz roasted Chicory root, a $2.75 value
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4 oz Milk Thistle seed, a  $3.25 value
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4 oz Burdock root, a $4.00 value
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4 oz Marshallow root, a $5.50 value
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4 oz Astragalus root slices, a $4.50 value

You’ll be able to make a lot of Chicory Root Syrup and other HRz related recipes with these wonderful herbs!

Mountain Rose Herbs is a certified organic processor through Oregon Tilth which is fully accredited with the USDA National Organic Program. Since 1987 they have continuously worked for the advancement of sustainable organic agriculture and state they will continue this lifelong passion into the future. They wholeheartedly recommend discovering the joys to be found in organic food products and the best place to start is right here at Mountain Rose Herbs. From the herbs they offer, to the teas they process and the oils they have distilled.

M0untain Rose also has a great YouTube Channel which offers an amazing amount of tutorials and educational videos, many created by John Gallagher and Rosalee de la Foret of Learningherbs.com.

You can also follow them on their Blog for more information and great Giveaway offers!

Love Mountain Rose Herbs? You can show your support by ‘liking’ them on Facebook. Tell them Herbal Roots zine sent you!

Want a chance to win this awesome package from Mountain Rose Herbs? Leave a comment! For more chances to win, leave a separate  comment every time you do one of the following:

-if you’re a kid, tell me how old you are and what your favorite Herbal Roots zine activities are

-Check out MRH’s website and tell me some of your favorite things

-Blog about it (leave reference link)

-Follow Mountain Rose Herbs on Pinterest and pin this giveaway with hashtags #mountainroseherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your pinterest name in comments so we can find you)

-Become a follower of Mountain Rose Herbs on Twitter and tweet this giveaway with hashtags #mountainroseherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your twitter ID in comments so we can find you)

-Facebook/Myspace/Tweet about it (leave reference link)

-Sign up for the Herbal Roots zine monthly newsletter (and receive an issue for free!)

-Post some pictures of your March activities using Herbal Roots and  Witch Hazel on the Flickr Group Page (Be sure to tell us about it!)

-Become a follower of Herbal Roots on Twitter and tweet this giveaway with hashtags #mountainroseherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your pinterest name in comments so we can find you)

-Follow Herbal Roots zine on Pinterest and pin this giveaway with hashtags #mountainroseherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your twitter ID in comments so we can find you)

Sign ups end on and I’ll draw the winner on Monday, March 31, 2014. Thanks for entering and good luck!

Rules of this giveaway:

-You must follow entry rules for each comment for your comment to qualify. For example, if we ask for you to pin the giveaway and you have, please leave your pinterest name in comments so we can find your pin with the correct hash tags listed.

-If you’ve won a giveaway within the last 6 months, please refrain from signing up for the current giveaway so that everyone can have a chance to win! Winners from the last 6 months giveaways will be automatically removed if they leave comments.

-Contest is open internationally unless otherwise mentioned.

-”Liking” Mountain Rose Herbs and/or Herbal Roots zine on Facebook does not qualify as an entry (due to Facebook’s rules and regulations). We are thrilled if you like us but please don’t mention that in the comments as part of the requirements for signing up for the giveaway.