Top 20 Pinterest Recipes of 2012

As a nutritionist, I’m a huge fan of Pinterest. I use it to compile recipes for my clients, but I also use it to expand my dietary horizons. I probably make 1-2 new recipes from Pinterest per week – some of them are atrocious, some are incredible and most are somewhere in the middle.  I’ve […]

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Fact or Fiction? Removing alcohol from tinctures

boiling water remove alcohol?

Herbal lore maintains that you can remove virtually all alcohol from a tincture by dropping the preparation slowly into a cup of boiling water, with the idea that the alcohol will evaporate off and leave the active herbal extract behind. You’ll find this information being taught in classes across the country, and in numerous herbal […]

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Herbalist + Marketing = ??

After teaching aspiring herbalists for many years, I can confidently say that few budding herbalists are drawn to the marketing/business side of building a practice. Most students are excited about learning herbal medicine and working with clients; many enjoy the creative aspects of making a business card and envisioning how their private practices will run. […]

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Authentic Happiness

Check out this website for an interesting discussion of happiness. If you register (free) you can take a variety of happiness questionnaires and compare your results to those of various demographic groups. I particularly appreciate the concept of “positive health,” which is simply another way of saying that health is more than the absence of […]

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Lavender and Prepubertal Breast Growth in Boys

lavender flowers

A client recently emailed me the following question: “I read online that I shouldn’t use lavender essential oil or any products that contain it for A [her two year old son] because it could cause abnormal breast growth!! What do you think?” It’s true that there was an article published in the New England Journal […]

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The Fertility “Dirty Dozen”

The American Fertility Association has released a “dirty dozen” list of factors that can negatively affect fertility. Although the list is interesting, it does not provide much practical guidance on changes an individual or couple can make to avoid these things – nor does it specifically state where one finds them in the first place. […]

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Sunscreen Resource

Sun-drenched afternoons at the lake are fast approaching. While I am a true believer in the benefits of spending time outdoors, sometimes my desire to be outside outlasts my skin’s natural sun protection. I prefer to wear protective clothing and stay out of the sun during peak hours when possible, but if adventure calls I […]

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Food dyes

Imagine my shock when I learned that the red velvet cake often served at our family gatherings requires AN ENTIRE CONTAINER OF RED FOOD COLORING. Eep. Although I was never a huge fan of red velvet cake in the first place, I promptly added it to my “no thank you” list upon making this discovery. […]

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