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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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Herb Profile: Vitex (Chaste Berry)

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Herb Profile: Vitex (Chaste Berry)

Vitex (Agnus Castus, Chaste Tree, Chasteberry, Monk’s Pepper, Vitex agnus castus), is an hormonal regulator- meaning no matter of your body is producing too much or too little Vitex can help. It modulates the estrogens in the body over time (most herbalists recommend you take it over three monthly cycles to see its full effects) and balances you. It does not contain hormones itself, but regulates estrogen by working on the pituitary gland. Vitex itself has none of the hormonal building blocks that many of the medicinal plants used for the reproductive system contain. Instead, this herb nourishes and supports...

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