Herbal Apothecary

Dandelion: A Super Food?

Dandelion: A Super Food?

Oh, the lowly dandelion! This "weed" is actually anything but lowly, and now that it is spring, it is the perfect time to bring to mind their benefits before you start your war with them (if you do). Please allow me break down the benefits of consuming the different...

Kraut Juice: A Probiotic-filled Beverage.

What is Kraut juice? Kraut juice is probably the cheapest and most probiotic-packed beverage that you can make for yourself at home. It only takes a few minutes, and it is a great way to get started making fermented foods. We drink this regularly at our house and we...

Chamomile: Uses and Benefits (plus 10 recipes and why your garden needs it!)

Something awesome is happening in my yard right now! There is chamomile growing, and I didn't even plant it this year!  This is year two of "back-to-Eden" gardening for me, or as I like to call it "busy-woman-gardening". If you have never heard of back to Eden...

Homemade Tinctures: How and Why to Make them

Homemade tinctures are as easy to make as putting herbs and alcohol in a glass jar and waiting! Should I back up and remind you what a tincture is first? A tincture is a highly concentrated extract of herbs. Tinctures provides a concentrated dose of the herb which can...

Dandelion: A Super Food?

Oh, the lowly dandelion! This "weed" is actually anything but lowly, and now that it is spring, it is the perfect time to bring to mind their benefits before you start your war with them (if you do). Please allow me break down the benefits of consuming the different...

Lemon Balm: Calms Anxiety, Encourages Restful Sleep, Fights Viruses and More!

Meet the lovely lemon balm! This relative to mint is so easy to grow; you can basically put it in the ground and forget about it. If you don't have garden space, you can easily grow it in a container. This amazing herb is a miracle worker for us humans and a favorite...

Decoction of Marshmallow Root and Slippery Elm Bark to Heal and Seal your Gut

What is a Decoction? A decoction is simply a very strong tea made from the chopped, sturdier parts of herbs (roots, barks, etc). In this decoction, we use chopped Slippery Elm bark and chopped Marshmallow root. Both are demulcents. A demulcent relieves irritation and...

Fermented Garlic: Win the fight against sickness this winter!

Ok. I truly hate to be the one to bring this up while we are all enjoying a beautiful summer, but...Winter Is Coming! We need a stockpile of "dragon glass" (aka fermented garlic) to win the war against colds, sinus infections, flus, bronchitis, and stomach bugs this...

Lower Stress Hormones and Boost Energy with Holy Basil (aka Tulsi)

Holy Basil tea has been a part of my evening ritual again for the past few weeks. I discovered it last summer and drank a lot of it, but then I couldn't find it in loose leaf form for about 6 months and so I got out of the habit of drinking it. Finally, I found it...

Elderberry Syrup: Benefits and Making Your Own

Elderberry syrup is one of the most important tools in my home apothecary for keeping my family healthy when there are colds and flus flying around. We take it almost daily during the sickness season to support our immune systems. It also works as a great place to...

Charcoal Gummies: For Quick Tummy Relief!

These activated charcoal gummies are the perfect thing to have around in the case of food poisoning, stomach flu, or other tummy troubles! I make and freeze them so that they are on hand in case of one of these emergencies. They are tasty enough that most kids will...

About Chelsea

Chelsea is a freelance writer who specializes in functional and holistic nutrition. She has a private nutrition practice that focuses on personalized nutrition recommendations, restoring digestion & microbial balance, replenishing nutrient deficiencies, supporting optimal hormone ratios, lessening the body's toxic burden, as well as optimizing body function. When she is not writing about nutrition, planning her next meal, or walking her dog, she can be found hugging her two children or snuggling one of her three cats.

Chelsea is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (BCHN) and has a Masters in Education (M.Ed). She is also a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) and a Restorative Wellness Practitioner (RWP) level 3.

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