thinking outside the box (of herbs)

My approach is a form of modified herbalism that melds the natural, nourishing and traditional with a bit of modern. As a self-described herb nerd and DIY junkie, the Redheaded Herbalist is a depository for self experiments and new ideas — from herbalism to nourishing “real food” recipes to homemade skincare to gardening — all through a holistic lens. 

Come learn along with me!

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Quick Fermented Garlicky Beets

In addition to the standard perks of transforming a vegetable into a probiotic food rich in beneficial microbes, fermenting beets also reduces oxalates, which improves the bioavailability of minerals. It also preserves the beet’s vitamins C and reduces its sugar content as the lactic acid bacteria consumes beet sugar during the fermentation process.

Fermenting stabilizes and preserves the precious betalains we talked about earlier. Studies suggest that lacto-fermentation can preserve betalain levels for up to a month with no degradation.

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Practicing Nasya at Home

The Ayurvedic practice of nasya (pronounced nah-si-ya) is the therapeutic ritual of oiling the nostrils and administering herbal therapies via the nasal cavity. The oil nourishes and cleanses the tissues, helping them to remain moist, healthy and balanced. The oil also acts as a protective physical barrier against allergens and environmental pollutants, reducing inflammation and preventing mucus from reforming.

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Wise Traditions & Homemade Sauerkraut

Diet plays a vital role in the composition of our gut’s microbiota terrain and, consequently, shapes the immune system. Consuming fermented foods such as sauerkraut naturally supports microbiome diversity, which not only helps to maintain proper digestive function and a healthy metabolism, it directly affects our health and mood.

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Mineral Enriched Tallow Deodorant (That Works)

Over the years, I’ve also tried many (so, so many) recipes for homemade deodorants, including Milk of Magnesia, magnesium oil sprays and even Desitin with varying degrees of mediocre success. They just didn’t work for me, and I always gave up and reluctantly went crawling back to my commercial antiperspirant… until the injustice of being forced to use a toxic product made me angry enough to try again. Rinse and repeat.

So why worry so much about finding a quote-unquote “natural” hippy-dippy deodorant?

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Processing Pine Pitch for Use in Personal Care & Health Products

One of my favorite things I learned this year in my herbal apprenticeship with Cedar Mountain Herb School was how to harvest and use pine (Pinus spp.) resin — aka pine pitch — from the abundant conifers we have growing all around us in North Idaho.

Pine pitch is stimulating, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is well suited to all sorts of topical applications. It speeds the healing of inflammatory skin irritations, rashes, burns and wounds. It also has astringent properties that make it useful for drawing out splinters.

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“An herbalist is a person who loves herbs with all their heart and uses them every day for food and medicine. A professional herbalist is just one does does it more and longer.”

Rosemary Gladstar

thinking outside the box (of herbs)

My approach is a form of modified herbalism that melds the natural, nourishing and traditional with a bit of modern. As a self-described herb nerd and DIY junkie, the Redheaded Herbalist is a depository for self experiments and new ideas — from herbalism to nourishing “real food” recipes to homemade skincare to gardening — all through a holistic lens.

Come learn along with me!

“An herbalist is a person who loves herbs with all their heart and uses them every day for food and medicine. A professional herbalist is just one who does it more and longer.”

Rosemary Gladstar

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