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DIY Sheet Masks with Downloadable Template

If you enjoy exploring new additions to your home spa routine, you may have already encountered sheet masks. This trending skincare innovation came to prominence with the arrival of K-Beauty in the Western world and has rapidly gained international popularity as a fast and simple way to enjoy some indulgent self care.

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Posted by Kiley

DIY Liquid Roll-On Deodorant

I like to feel fresh and confident during the hot summer months, but I find the synthetic ingredients in many conventional antiperspirants give me a whole new set of concerns to sweat about—and I’m not the only one! With growing consumer awareness about the potentially negative effects of certain questionable chemicals, particularly when used on our sensitive underarms, natural deodorants have become highly desired personal care products. While there have been lots of "natural" options on the market over the years, many popular brands are now manufactured by larger umbrella companies that might not be as concerned with true product purity or efficacy. Thankfully, our herbal allies are here to help!

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Posted by Jana

How to Make Elderberry Syrup for Immune Health

Each year as winter approaches, I reliably find my patients asking me about the best herbal remedies to use during the cold weather months. One of the most common questions I encounter is, “What nutritional preparations can I use to help keep my family strong and healthy throughout the sniffle season?”. There's a wide array of herbs well-suited to addressing specific and general winter wellness goals, but one of my favorite, tried-and-true choices for general immune support is the elderberry.

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3 Magic Moon Milk Recipes for Restful Sleep

If drinking warm milk before bed sounds like the kind of advice you might hear from your grandma—well, it turns out grandma knows best again! Drinking heated creamy beverages before bed has been practiced for centuries and has helped people all over the world drift off into a restful sleep. It is also commonly recommended by Ayurvedic practitioners to calm fiery doshas and to help balance the body before bed. Nowadays, these magical cups of comfort are often referred to as moon milks and incorporate herbs and spices to help assist the body in relaxation.

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Posted by Jessicka

How to Make Herbal Salves

Herbal salves are such a simple, effective, and useful way to take in herbal goodness! They can easily be slipped into a purse, pocket, or first aid kit. Although semi-solid at room temperature, salves soften once applied to the skin, making them less messy than oils. They also make great gifts and are an easy and approachable way to introduce newbies to the power of herbs. Plus, salves can be crafted for a wide variety of topical uses. The addition of beeswax will protect, soothe, and nourish your skin.

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Posted by Irene

DIY Leave-in Conditioner with Jojoba & Argan Oils

Some people might tell you that the best leave-in conditioner is simply watered down conditioner. But if you've adopted a no-poo hair care routine, or need a little extra nourishment to bring your dry hair back to life, an deeper moisturizing treatment might be in order. An oil-based leave-in conditioner can help tame wild fly-aways, soften brittle hair in dry temperatures, and protect a healthy mane.

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Posted by Alieta

Homemade Spicy Kale Chips with Nettle Powder

When spring hits, my body craves green things like nobody’s business! There’s nothing like a bowl of the season’s first new growth to connect with nature’s fresh, revitalizing energy, and salad inspiration abounds around every turn. As the season progresses, however, I find my tastes evolving with it, and though my love of all things leafy wanes not at all, I begin craving other texture and flavor combinations beyond a raw bowl of greenery.

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Posted by Kiley

How to Make Herb-Infused Oils for Culinary & Body Care Use

The world of herbalism is intriguing, vast . . . and sometimes intimidating! Projects like creating tinctures using the percolation method, or making your own mead, can seem daunting for those new to the botanical arts. That's why when we're trying to help a friend get started in herbs without overwhelming them, we often recommend one of our favorite herbalism projects for beginners: making herb-infused oils.

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Posted by Irene

Vegan Baked Falafel Collard Wrap Recipe

It’s not news that many Oregonians love to enrich themselves with good local produce that is sustainably and organically grown. And with the abundance of explorable nature surrounding us, portability is a major plus when choosing healthy snacks to enjoy during a rewarding hike through an old-growth forest or along our scenic coastlines. When preparing your provisions before hitting the trail, Real Live Food Oregon (RLFO) has you covered!

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Posted by Andrew Ek

Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

I absolutely love to travel, and I painstakingly research and plan for my trips. However, mixed with all the eager anticipation of an upcoming adventure looms the fear of illness ruining my vacation. I think we have all had that experience where you take your seat on the plane and get settled, only to discover that someone near you has a hacking cough and looks like death warmed over. I find myself holding my breath and repeating, “I will NOT get sick,” over and over in my head. Thankfully, we can do more than just hope for the best—we can utilize wellness-supporting herbs before, during, and after traveling so we can make the most of our trip.

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Posted by Chris

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