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This is a publication dedicated to the use of herbs and herbal remedies with an occasional article about healthy ways to help align you in your health journey with alternative medicine practices.

The purpose is to educate you, the reader, on how…

Herbalists Have Been Using This For Centuries

Recipe Included!

elderberries in silver bowl on table with syrup in background. Three Reasons Why Elderberry Syrup Benefits Your Winter Cold by Nancy Blackman. winter cold. health. elderberries. cholesterol. herbal medicine. herbs
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Disclaimer: We are a community of learners in herbs, herbal medicine, and herbal practices. This is for educational purposes only.

To beat away the naysayers right away, this article is about why the elderberry and elderberry syrup benefits your winter cold and flu symptoms that every human being has probably…

Tea Processing — Part II

Learn Some Fun Vocabulary Too!

Black Teas Need Respect: Not the Black Sheep of the Tea Family by Nancy Blackman. black mug with dark liquid splashing up. tea. black tea. tea lover. herbs. herbal medicine. health
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We’re continuing the series today on the wonderful teas and how they are processed down to steeping times. If you missed the previous post, here it is:

Although there are…

Tea Processing — Part I

Did You Realize that Black Teas Come from Green Tea Bushes?

How Tea Leaves are Created — From Plucking Leaves to Steeping in Your Cup by Nancy Blackman. tea leaves. bamboo basket. person holding leaves. tea lover. herbs. herbal medicine. green tea. black tea
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Disclaimer: We are a community of learners in herbs, herbal medicine, and herbal practices. This is for educational purposes only.

Years ago, when I started my tea drinking journey, I was surprised to learn that black teas come from green tea bushes. It’s all in the tea processing! I was…

Teas of China — Part II

What Is Good For You Might Not Be Good For Me

The Phenomenal Benefits of Green Tea Include Alertness and Weight Loss by Nancy Blackman. herbs. herbal medicine. tea. green tea. chinese teas.
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Disclaimer: We are a community of learners in herbs, herbal medicine, and herbal practices. This is for educational purposes only.

Did you know that green teas were the original form of all teas? Did you also know that it all started in China? …

Chinese Teas — Where Everything Began

Not Every Tea is Worth Writing About

The Marvelous Green Teas of China are at the Dawn of Tea Production by Nancy Blackman. white tea cup on saucer with lid to side, green tea leaves in water sitting on a wood tray. tea, chinese teas, gunpowder green tea, dragon well, herbal, herbs, herbal medicine
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If you’ve read any part of my healing journey, you’ll know I struggled to let go of coffee. I mean, c’mon. I had been drinking coffee for a very long time. How many of you used coffee to prop you up? Yup. That was me, too.

Here’s the thing. Now…

History of Tea — Part II of II

Opium is Involved in the Story

glass cup with hot tea, steam rising from the top. cup is sitting on a ledge with the background showing the bright sun. How Tea Became the Most Consumed Beverage in the World by Nancy Blackman. tea. herbs. herbal medicine. tea drinking
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The flavor of Zen and the flavor of tea is the same. Japanese Proverb

Now that tea had made its way to Britain because Charles II and Queen Catherine had…

History of Tea — Part I of II

Tea is the Most Consumed Beverage in the World

two ceramic cups with a person pouring tea into one cup, nutmeg, bowl of ground nutmeg. How Tea Emerged into Corners of the Globe Via the China Seas by Nancy Blackman. tea. tea drinking. history of tea. herbs. herbal. china. india. england
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Have you ever wondered how tea, which originated in China, emerged into other areas of the world? …

Herbal Tea Blends

It’s Not as Hard as You Think

white background. 12 different cups with herbs. Abandon Your Herbal Fears: How to Create Tea Blends For Every Day by Nancy Blackman. tea. teas. herbs. herbal blends. ayurveda. traditional chinese medicine. tea blends. diy
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be your own alchemist? Abandon those fears! It’s not as hard as you think. I promise. …

Mucuna • Reishi

Let’s Talk Mood and Neuron Boosting!

wood, jars with spices and herbs. Need an Increase in Dopamine? How Adaptogens Can Energize and Boost by Nancy Blackman. herbs, herbal medicine, ayurveda, traditional chinese medicine. reishi, mucuna. adaptogen. adaptogens. adaptogenic herbs
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Sometimes you just need your mood lifted. Am I right? When you need an increase in dopamine, some adaptogens can energize and boost.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is already…

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