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family herbalist ebookTo celebrate Summer, I’ll be giving away a Free copy of Grow Your Own! Pre-Planned Healing Garden when you purchase The Family Herbalist Self-Study Course! A $35 value! through the end of August.

The Family Herbalist self study course is a 524 page PDF download introduction to the world of herbal medicine for those who wish to help themselves and their families achieve health and wellbeing through natural health. Learn the essentials of traditional herbal medicine through this five unit distance education program that includes practical curricula in an eBook format, and is perfect for the budding or intermediate herbalist. Explore the philosophies of herbalism, the practices of herbal nutrition, the foundations of holistic health, Materia Medica knowledge, and how to make herbal preparations.

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HerbalPantry"Food can be food or poison or medicine." ~Farida Sharan 

Herbs can become a bigger part of our well-being and can completely replace bottled vitamin and mineral supplementation. If our food is beautiful and filled with colorful fruits, vegetable, and herbs then our bodies are constantly being supplied with everything they need to function at their best. Let our food be our medicine- right! So, below are some of my favorite go-to herbs for added nutrition, immune boosting, and body building support that I add to my everyday foods. I slip these into smoothes and coffee drinks, use them as vinegar extracts on salads, and squeeze or sprinkle on top of meals- everyday. I encourage you to add or subtract herbs to your daily diet like nettles, milk thistle, or marshmallow root.

Super-foods: Vitamins & Minerals
Vitamins and minerals are abundant in many common foods, herbs and spices and should be a huge part of our everyday diets and healthcare practices. Here is a wonderful list adapted from The Complete Guide of Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements by H. Winter Griffith, M.D. of each vitamin and mineral and their plant sources. This is a decent reference book to have in your home that covers a basic profile of all vitamins, minerals, supplements, and herbs. Please feel free to email or visit if you’d like to come by and pick up or order any of these herbs to work with throughout your course. Morgan Botanicals also makes teas, tinctures and capsules of most herbs on this list.

To be healthy, we need a fresh supply of vitamins and minerals every day and the very best way to get these is through the foods and drinks that we consume. Natural, fresh, sources are always best- the more alive and full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and vitality the better!

What are Vitamins and Minerals?
Vitamins are organic substances (made by plants or animals), and minerals are inorganic elements that come from the soil and water and are absorbed by plants or eaten by animals. Our body needs larger amounts of some minerals, such as calcium, to grow and stay healthy. Other minerals like chromium, copper, iodine, iron, selenium, and zinc are called trace minerals because you only need very small amounts of them each day.

What Do Vitamins and Minerals Do?
Vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, support normal growth and development, and help our cells and organs to do their jobs. For example, you've probably heard that carrots are good for your eyes right? Well it's true. Carrots are full of substances called carotenoids that our body converts into Vitamin A, which helps prevent eye problems. And greens are naturally full of calcium that helps build strong bones, teeth and healthy bodies.

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clary sageIf one were to ask....clary sage is one of my most cherished plants. She's a magical purple beast. Intoxicating really... and I love sending her seeds to those who desire her too. I recommend that you grow her and hold her and smell her. And listen, because she tells the weirdest stories…

Salvia sclarea is biennial or short-lived herbaceous perennial with amazingly huge, aromatic flowers. It's a sun lover too. Relatively undemanding, growing to a height of about three feet. The plant prefers rich soil that drains well but I’ve grown it with littler effort in a pot and average soil. This old herb dates back to the ancient Greeks, and was known for its use in treating complaints like hot flashes, indigestion and anxiety.

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Healing garden planMorgan Botanicals is doing another giveaway! I’ll be giving away a copy of my new Grow Your Own! Pre-Planned Healing Garden eBook.

Grow Your Own! Pre-Planned Healing Garden is an 88 page, full color PDF download that comes with an easy garden design including 20 medicinal herbs, in-depth materia medica for each plant, growing guidelines with tidbits and lore, harvesting, drying and processing guidelines, traditional uses and applications, energetics, recipes and so much more!

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Recently I’ve been recommended for a stipend and position of Lead School Garden Coordinator for the Truscott Elementary School in Loveland, CO. I work with the school staff, students, parents and the community teaching the fundamentals of community gardening, medicinal plant education and horticultural therapy for health and well-being. I’m also working towards an outdoor garden therapy program for the community to help foster emotional and physical health through the cultivation and processing of medicinal plants. 

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