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About littleherbal

I am a gal who lives in a small town who believes that everything we put in our bodies effects us. I recently became very interested in herbalism and a more natural way of life. This is a place where I explore herbs and herbal remedies. This blog is in no way intended to treat, cure, or diagnose any medical issues or conditions. This blog is intended as information only for those also interested in this way of life.

Time to Change

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Well all my lovely readers, it’s time for me to change.  I have had 3 blogs now for quite some time.  Each one specific to different parts of my life.  It has become way too hard to manage 3 blogs so I’ve decided to combine them all together into one blog.  I will eventually be deleting this blog.

This one blog will have everything that I want to share in my healing journey.  Food, Crafts, Herbalism, Essential Oils, and Energy Work are all a part of my life.  I think I will be able to share more on this new blog and I encourage all of you to please check it out and subscribe.  Thank you all for being such lovely readers I cannot wait to share more soon at:  Sleep.  Eat.  Heal.

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Mountain Rose Herbs

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I personally love Mountain Rose Herbs.  They are the herbal girls best friend.  If you have not checked out their website I highly encourage you to do so.  Their products are amazing and allow you to be amazing in your herbal adventure.  Once you are done there please check out their blog for a chance to win an amazing prize!  It’s a great starter kit to making your own cleaning products making your home clean and green.  Hey you could make your own dishwasher detergent!  Let them know that I sent you. 🙂

Dishwasher Detergent

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So I am trying to make most of the things we usually buy at home.  Sometimes it’s worth the trouble sometimes I chalk it up with a learning experience.  I have been researching dish detergents for a while now.  I love using organic detergent without all of the nasty chemicals in them but they get so expensive.  I finally came up with a recipe with help of many blogs and forums and decided to give it a try.  What would it hurt right?

Here’s the recipe I used:

1 Cup Washing Soda (NOT baking soda, totally different)
1 Cup Borax
1/2 Cup Sea Salt (I used fine grain)
1/2 Cup Citric Acid
40 Drops Lavender EO
45 Drops Grapefruit EO

I put everything in a mason jar and shook it well to combine.  I just ran my first load and … It works great!  No residue, no food stuck on anything.  I am impressed.  We also do a vinegar rinse in our jet dry thing since we have hard water.  It didn’t cost me much… I had the washing soda and borax already from making my own laundry detergent.  You could use whatever EO’s you wanted but I chose mine because of their specific properties.

Lavender EO: Lavender is known to have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and aromatic properties (mountainroseherbs.com)

Grapefruit EO: Grapefruit is known to have antibacterial, antiseptic, and astringent properties (mountainroseherbs.com).  The citrus also helps cut grease which is nice for dishes as well.

I am surprised it worked out so well.  Usually things have to be tweaked a bit because of things like the type of dishwasher you have, type of water you have, etc.  I love it when things work out, don’t you!?!

-Namaste 

Eating Raw

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I have taken up eating 75% raw again for my health.  I find that I have more energy, am sick less, and feel generally good when I do this.  If that is something you are interested please follow my food blog here.

In other news Pam and I went to the holistic health and psychic fair yesterday.  IT WAS AMAZING!  It was so nice that it was just a town over and not a long drive.  We were there for quite a few hours even though there were maybe 30 vendors.  I visited an intuitive guide and it was eye-opening.  She was amazing and gave me some great ideas on how to better open myself to my gifts.  One thing she told me was that my heart and third eye Chakras were blocked.  Once I was done with her I found this wonderful Chakra cleanser who was just lovely.  Her energy work was amazing, I have never been so relaxed in my whole life!  It was like I was floating and wherever her hands were there was this high vibration and warmth.  I highly recommend this.  One thing I took away from this fair was that I have to just be happy and proud of me and my gifts and if it freaks anyone out or they don’t like it, it is just too bad for them.


I put that into practice today.  It was a very interesting experience, people you would have never though would be interested were.  I found out a few of my lovely vendors and the market I participate in are very into what I am.  Who knew!  I also basically conducted a class on herbalism and health. HAHA Mary’s brain must be just swimming with information.  So for this week my goals for all of you is to do the following:


Look into the mirror and say to your self as you look into your eyes “Everyday in every way I am _________,__________ and ___________.”  Choose three things (ex.  Smart, Successful, Beautiful, Calm, Worthwhile, Amazing…).  Then believe it.  The other goal for all of you is to just be happy with who you are, and I mean seriously happy.  Don’t brush off your skill or gifts with laughter, diversions, or your own blocks.  I guess you could say the theme of this week is Happiness.  Good luck, though I know you all don’t need it.

Namaste 

Medicine Making

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I’ve been a busy gal of late getting my medicines for winter ready.  For those of you who do not make your own or have no idea what I am talking about I have my tinctures started.  What is a tincture?  A tincture is an alcoholic extract (e.g. of leaves or other plant material) or solution of a non-volatile substance (e.g. of iodine, mercurochrome). To qualify as a tincture, the alcoholic extract is to have an ethanol percentage of at least 40-60% (80-120 proof) (sometimes a 90% (180 proof) pure liquid is even achieved).[1] In herbal medicine, alcoholic tinctures are often made with various concentrations of ethanol, 25% being the most common.(wikipedia.com).

Tinctures take roughly 6 weeks to make using the folk method of 1/2 jar of dried herb fill the rest with vodka.  So what do I have brewing you may ask… and why more importantly:

Valarian: One of the most useful relaxing nervines, valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a perennial plant native to Europe and Asia. Valerian root tincture is an effective remedy for insomnia, reducing tension and nervousness, and for menstrual cramps.
An ancient, effective, and well recognized medicinal herb, Valerian has been used in medicine since at least the time of ancient Greece. Valerian has also been used for gastrointestinal spasms and distress, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.(http://www.localharvest.org/valerian-tincture-valeriana-officinalis-C3268)

Yarrow: Yarrow tincture in an indispensable part of our herbal medicine cabinet. It has been used traditionally as a wound healer, and antimicrobrial and anti-inflammatory herb. (http://www.localharvest.org/yarrow-tincture-C15288)

Calendula: The most notable use of calendula, however, is for its use externally on wounds, burns and abrasions – and especially for rejuvenating skin and helping the body to prevent and/or overcome abnormal skin growths. Scientific studies have shown that ointments made with calendula extract are particularly effective for healing wounds, including leg ulcers and other wounds that heal with difficulty. A recent study has shown efficacy for helping to heal surgical wounds after caesarian section. Another recent study showed that a naturopathic preparation containing calendula extract was effective in the management of ear pain associated with acute otitis media.

The flowers contain high concentrations of colorful orange xanthophylls, carotenoids and other flavonoids that are powerful antioxidants and the flavonoid extract has been shown scientifically to be effective against inflammation, fever and to stimulate bile flow for aiding digestion and cleansing the liver. The aqueous extract has also been shown to have an uterotonic effect. Studies done of the flowers of Egyptian Calendula officinalis L. conducted at the Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, Japan, found hypoglycemic and stomach protective properties for calendula flowers. The principal saponins inhibited an increase in serum glucose levels in glucose-loaded rats and prevented gastric lesions in rats. (http://www.localharvest.org/calendula-tincture-calendula-officinalis-C2682)

St. John’s Wort:  We are all aware of SJW effective use in treating anxiety, depression, irritability, fatigue and insomnia.  But it can do so much more!

It is a commonly used pain killer, and is useful as a topical treatment in treating wounds, bruises, herpes sores, varicous veins and burns, including sunburn. Also effective in easing pain of arthritus, sciatica, nerve pain, menstral cramps, hemorroids, and gout. In addition, has been known to help regulate menstrual cycle. (http://www.localharvest.org/st-johns-wort-alcohol-tincture-2-oz-C17543)

Chamomile: The beautiful fragrant Chamomile plant is a great sleep aid and mild sedative for children. It helps calm and cool a person down, and may help with occasional sleep issues. Use this tincture to ease a stomach ache due to over eating or flatulence. (http://www.localharvest.org/zzzs-please-sleep-aid-chamomile-tincture-C9903)

Beyond my tinctures I am also making homemade vanilla extract.  Who knew it was so easy!  I am currently extracting using vodka but may try other alcohols in the future.  I think I am going to try more extracts in the future too!  I took 3 whole vanilla beans and split them mostly in half keeping one end together.  Add 1 cup of alcohol (i used vodka but I have heard others using rum or brandy).  Put in a dark place and shake everyday for about 8 weeks.  Strain you and now you have homemade chemical free pure vanilla extract.  Total it cost me about $7.00 to make about 8 oz of extract which equals to about 87 cents an oz!

-Namaste