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Bug Away Spray

Bug Away Spray 


  • 4 Tbsp. Witch Hazel
  • 2 Tbsp. Vodka (80-100 proof) – preservative
  • 3 Tbsp. Carrier Oil with bug repelling properties (grape seed, jojoba, almond, olive, neem, or a combination of two or more oils).
  • 100 drops of essential oils (blend)

Any of the following essential oils can be used when making bug repellent. You may use just one or a combination of oils. Each oil has different bug repelling properties so it is much more effective to use a combination.

Basil Cypress Lemongrass
Bergamot Eucalyptus Peppermint
Cedarwood Geranium (Rose) Rosemary
Citronella Lavender Spearmint
Clove Lemon Tea Tree

Directions & Use

Pour the the witch hazel, vodka, and carrier oil(s) into a 4 oz. dark colored spray bottle and shake well. Add the essential oils and shake again. Label the bottle! It is important that a dark colored bottle is used to protect the essential oils from sunlight. Store the bottle in a cool area (not in the car). Extreme heat will alter the oils making them less effective.


by Regina Rigney, MH, TND

Calendula and Yarrow

Snip20160811_2Calendula and Yarrow: 
Herbal Preparation Projects
by Barbara Richey

Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

I made a caendula ointment. Calendula is a beautiful golden flower that can be found in eastern Canada, south through New England, west through Pennsylvania and Ohio, north through Michigan and Wisconsin.  In the west, it is cultivated in California.  Calendula features warm gold blossoms. Once they bloom the flowers can be picked throughout the season.

Calendula is an herb that is used to heal the skin. It’s great for scrapes, bruises, insect bites and minor wounds. It can also be used for sore and/or infected gums.  I enjoyed working with this flower because of all of the useful healing properties. I have family members with eczema and varicose veins. I created salves to treat their skin ailments.  PDF – Calendula and Yarrow

Stimulating Senses with Cinnamon

Carla BergStimulating Senses with Cinnamon  
by Carla Berg

There are a variety of ways to use cinnamon spice holistically. Below are just a few examples, along with how they can stimulate our five basic human senses. Within each category, the tincture process is explained, and then a medicinal use is listed as it correlates with our senses.

Sight: The cinnamon bark, derived from being peeled off an evergreen tree, curled into flavorful, long tubes looked delicious with their nice brownish red color. I knew this would be a popular tincture choice to have around this fall!

PDF – Stimulating Senses with Cinnamon

A Beekeeper in Mexico…

Snip20160811_1A Beekeeper in Mexico Named Gaudencio and  the Wonders of His Honey 

by Angela Blycker

May 4, 2016

My husband and I recently took time for an unusual date:  We visited local beekeeper, Señor Gaudencio, in a small town called Nealtican, about a 20 minute drive from our home here in San Pedro Cholula in Puebla, Mexico.

We wanted to learn some of the methods and secrets of Gaudencio’s trade, get personal insight into the benefits of all the properties of honey and of course, purchase some of the pure golden sweetness for ourselves.

Gaudencio greeted us just outside his property, located on the edge of town.  His 55-year old eyes twinkled as he shook our hands, obviously pleased that some gringos were sincerely interested in his life’s passion.  Delicate purple flowers of spanish jasmine, periwinkle hydrangeas, traditional magenta bougainvillea and a host of other randomly planted flowers and cacti lined his dirt driveway. His simply constructed concrete white house was on the left, his work yard and buildings to the right.  We walked to the right, past the small pond filled with floating plants and koi fish and under the makeshift clothesline where fresh laundry hung.  The sound of bees filled the air like soft and busy music.  I instinctively darted to avoid them, but Gaudencio walked to his shop nonchalantly as if they were his friends and belonged all around him. PDF – A Beekeeper in Mexico…

Plantain & Borage

Collin2Herbal Preparation Project:

To complete the first part of this project, we are going to make two fresh herbal tinctures one of Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) leaves and the other Borage (Borago officinalis) flowers and leaves.

Then, to satisfy the second part of the project, we will produce a healing vulnerary salve by simply combining the two tinctures with organic coconut oil thus giving the skin the benefit of all three with their combined synergic effects.

Both tinctures were formulated by picking the fresh leaves, macerating them and covering this with 75 proof alcohol. This was then put aside for two weeks before straining the liquids off their marcs to produce clear filtered herbal preparations. We will discuss the Ayurvedic properties, actions and major indications of these herbs.

PDF – Colin Perry SG31 – Plantain & Borage


Before we can help anyone to get better, it is important to observe and question them carefully. Is that which is ailing them acute, chronic, severe or just transient and superficial? There are numerous ways of assessing health and wellbeing, two interesting methods have come from homeopathy.

Colin 1In the late 1940’s and into the 1950’s, Dr. Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg (1905 – 1985), developed a category of complex homeopathy called homotoxicology. This uses complex homeopathic combinations. “Homotoxicology is a homeopathic system in which a medical diagnosis is made, followed by an individualized assessment according to the severity of the disease. This takes into account the response of the patient’s self regulatory system to exogenous and endogenous stressors. Treatment is given, using predominantly homeopathically prepared medicines, to support the inherent self regulatory ability of the body rather than just treat symptoms, which are seen as an expression of the body’s own defense that should not be suppressed”.  (Biotherapeutic Index. A Compendium for Health Care Professionals. Briza Publications South Africa, 8th revised edition 2012.)  » Read more

Lemon Balm Hydrosol

LemonBalmLemon Balm Hydrosol by Carla Berg

I’ve been enjoying essential oils for only a few years, mostly to make homemade products like soap and toothpaste. My husband, Todd, went shopping for supplies and noticed the price tag on essential oils. He was not very pleased and knowing my interest in herbs was growing, he decided to plant some herbs and make a distiller with an extra pressure cooker that we had. Todd drilled a whole in the pressure cooker lid and installed a fitting in order to attach a copper tube to the condenser, which was a separate copper tube that was coiled and glued to an old tin can. The last step was to drill a hole in the bottom of the can for the copper tube to deliver the final product into the receiver. Todd used copper because it is known for having toxic effects on microorganisms. Since I planned to consume or use the hydrosols externally, I did wash them in a watered down bleach solution, then thoroughly rinsed afterwards.  » Read more

The Zing of Ginger


The Zing of Ginger
by Faith Schwartz

Common name: Ginger (Ginger root)
Botanical name: Zingerber officinale
Family: Zingiberaceae (ginger family)
Genus: Zingiber



Ginger is perhaps the world’s oldest recognized medicinal plant and arguably one of the most important. Native to south-east Asia, ginger is traditionally thought to have been cultivated for its medicinal value for over 5000 years, although the first mention of the plant is found in Chinese writings dating back to about 400 BC.

Both Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic herbalists use the plant extensively; in fact, it’s estimated over half of Chinese herbal formulas include ginger. In Ayurvedic (Indian) herbalism ginger is labeled the “universal medicine” and is touted to have come from the Garden of Eden.

Ginger’s botanical name was derived from the Sanskrit word, singabera, which means “horn-shaped” – an obvious reference to the most coveted part of the plant, its rhizome (root).  » Read more

Red Raspberry Leaf

Red Raspberry Leaf

43608852_sCommon name:
 Red Raspberry (American Raspberry, Black Raspberry, Dewberry, Bramble Fruit, Thimble Berry)
Botanical name: Rubus spp. – Rubus idaeus (cultivated variety), Rubus strigosus (wild variety)
Family: Rosaceae (rose family)
Genus: Rubus



Raspberry is a beautiful plant native to Europe and Asia Minor, though now widely naturalized throughout the world. A member of the rose family, raspberry is in the genus Rubus, meaning “red” and the species idaeus refers to the shrubís historic growing region on Mount Ida near Troy in northwest Turkey. Taken together this botanical name identifies raspberry as the “red bush of Ida”.

Records of domestication of raspberry have been found in writings of Palladius from the 4th century while the therapeutic effects of red raspberry leaves were documented in the writings of Gerard in the late 16th century. The Native Americans prized the fruit, leaves and roots (of the North American variety, Rubus strigosus) as a womenís tonic, as well as a nutritive tea; the Eclectics likewise touted the plant as a great contributor to womenís health. Raspberry was included in the United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary until the middle of the 20th century. » Read more

Say Qi!

yinyangQi According to Me was written by Darlene Jorgens. She is a current student but she is not new to the world of herbs. “Qi is thought to be all around us, throughout the entire universe. Qi is in the air we breathe, it is in the food we eat and the water we drink, it is in people – called Human Qi (Ren Qi.) Vital Qi (Hou Qi) is used to describe the Qi of a living being.4 Qi is an impersonal force to be found in every living and non-living thing. Qi can be either good or bad. References to Qi may be thought of as “vital energy” should one require a simplistic definition.”  – Qi According to Me (PDF)

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