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The Coming Plagues: Head Lice

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The Coming Plagues: Head Lice

Back-to-School brings comfort, routine, and a much needed rest for most parents. Until your child comes home with head lice, that is. Anyone who has had to do the litany of excess laundry, toxic treatments, and endless louse combing knows this is a plague best avoided. But how? The way to avoid them is to know a little about them: Lice crawl onto the body. They can’t fly or jump. Head lice can survive on a human host for approximately 30 days. They generally cannot survive longer than 24 hours off the host. A female louse lays 3-5 eggs a...

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Plant Ally for Back-to-School Time: Elderberry

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Plant Ally for Back-to-School Time: Elderberry

Elder is an herb with a long history of medicinal, magical, and folkloric use. There are some wonderful stories that surround the plant, as it is sacred to the Queen of the Fairies (and other mythic beings) and it is considered a plant that is a portal to the underworld. But which Elder should you use? The Elder plant is from the genus Sambucus with more than 2 dozen identified species around the world. Identification of species and common names often refers to the region in which these plants or found or the color of their berries. A few elder...

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A new kids line!

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A new kids line!

Haven Herbs knows that a large part of our fanbase have kids at home. While herbalism is generally safe for kids, many remedies and tonics do not specifically appeal to kids. We aim to change that!In addition to our much beloved remedies that kids love (like Berry Blast Elixir), we are creating a kid-specific line of tinctures, syrups, lollipops, and electuaries that appeal to a kid's sweet tooth, all the while treating maladies and helping little bodies heal.We aim to launch the line in the fall, right as kids go back to school (and start spreading the plague again). Everything...

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Sunburn is serious business.

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Sunburn is serious business.

What is sunburn?Sunburn is a radiation burn that affects living tissue (skin, for example) that is caused by an overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation-usually from the sun. It is painful, yet many just assume it is a part of summer. It doesn't have to be. Symptoms can include blistering, swelling, edema, itching, peeling skin, rash, nausea, fever, chills, and fainting. Also, a small amount of heat is given off from the burn, caused by the concentration of blood in the healing process, giving a warm feeling to the affected area. Blistering is a sign of second degree sunburn.With the ozone layer providing less and less protection from UV rays,...

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Why Fair Trade?

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Why Fair Trade?

When considering sourcing and sustainability, local is usually the first thing that comes to mind. And quite right too. It's why we source our herbs from local farms when we can -- supporting the local economy as well as environmental sustainability with a lower carbon footprint, because our ingredients don't have to travel very far. But what happens when something can't be acquired locally? At Haven Herbs, we believe the farmers who grow our ingredients should be treated fairly no matter where they live. That's why we purchase our shea butter from Global Mamas, a member of the Fair Trade Federation that...

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