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Bitter HerbsBitter herbs and foods stimulate digestion by triggering the release of enzymes, hormones and digestive secretions such as saliva, acids and bile.  Because of this fact various organs such as the liver, gallbladder and pancreas benefit from their use.  This increase in digestive function helps to break down starches, fats and proteins and therefore increases metabolism.

Because bitters improve digestion they also help to increase nutrient absorption.  Bitters help to tone and tighten tissue which increases the integrity of the tissue as well as creating a protective barrier (more…)

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When you mention to people that you are an herbalist they assume  that you are some kind of vestal health virgin or zealot whose lips have never been pressed against the creamy icing of a Chocolate doughnut. (well… maybe not lately)

Au contraire…Herbalists are human too.  If you look at many of the eclectics and root doctors of the past they began studying about herbs and natural therapeutics because of health problems they were unable to overcome through conventional means.

Being healthy is about finding balance in all aspects of our lives.  Anything taken to an extreme can lead to disease and on the same note, any area where we are deficient can also lead to disease.  Just because we choose to make healthy changes in our lives doesn’t mean that we as Herbalists don’t have our weak moments;  Do we regret these moments…some;  Do we forgive ourselves….mostly….Do we continue to seek out balance in our lives….most certainly;  Do we like chocolate…you bet your astragalus we do.

So, for those of you who do like an occasional indulgence let’s talk about “CHOCOLATE”!!  First of all, chocolate contains minerals that our bodies need.  Here is a chart which shows the amount of minerals in various types of chocolate. (more…)

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