Health Notes

November Health Genie: Digestion Tips for the Season to Come

Pumpkin Pie

Note: These articles are not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

By Anna Wiens, Wellness Buyer

Dear Health Genie,

With Thanksgiving soon to be upon us, I’m dreaming of the feasting to be had.  But I’m wondering – is there something I can or should be doing to help my body digest all this good food?

Thanks,
Betsy D.

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Staying Healthy, Locally

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Local Immune Support

By Anna Wiens, Wellness Buyer

It’s here: The sneezing, the coughing, the sore throats, and the nose blowing.  Earlier than expected, we are seeing the first of the season’s illnesses.  With the start of the school season and the drop in temperature, the colds and flus are back in full swing.  Luckily, Vermont is populated with many herbalists, alchemists, doctors and healers.  Here are some Vermont-made products to help keep you and your family healthy this season.

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Preserving Herbs and Spices

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Yerba Mate

By Anna Wiens, Wellness Buyer

Dear Health Genie,

I am sad to see summer slipping away!  The morning dew and cool autumn breeze has me concerned about the end of my garden.  I have most of my veggies preserved via canning and freezing, but I am less versed in how to save my medicinal herbs and spices. Help!

Gratefully,
Karen B.

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Herbal First Aid

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Yarrow

Dear Health Genie,

My family is preparing to go on our annual camping trip and I am starting to prepare.  I took out the old first aid kit and am hoping to spice it up with some natural items.  So far, I’ve got all the basics; Band-Aids, alcohol swabs, gauze, etc., but what are some helpful natural remedies I could add in addition to these?

Thank you,
Adrien

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July Health Genie: Growing Medicinal Herbs

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Growing Medicinal Plants

Growing medicinal herbs in your garden is a great way to take your do-it-yourself herbal teas, salves, and extracts to another level.  On top of providing great medicine, many of these herbs make great culinary ingredients, aid in the health and pest control of your vegetable garden, and bring life and color to your backyard. If growing these herbs for cooking or making medicine, it is very important that they are grown in lead-free soil (Burlington seems to have high leaded soils), with organic soil, and well prepared compost. For common organic medicinal herb seeds, High Mowing Seeds is a great source.  For more obscure medicinal herb seeds, Horizon Herbs is fantastic.  And for the easier, late to plant route, Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg, VT makes beautiful, healthy organic seedlings.  Here are some tips on growing some commonly used medicinal herbs that will grow well right here in Vermont:

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