The HomeGrown Herbalist Blog

Grow Yer Own. The Other Stuff's Garbage!

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By Patrick P. Jones, DVM   Hopefully preaching to the choir here but... A recent study showed that many of the herbal supplement products on store shelves contain little or none of the herb on the label. Yikes! Researchers chose several popular herbs (Echinacea, St. John's Wort,Gingko bilboa...) and purchased randomly selected products at healthfood stores and other natural supplement outlets. They then did DNA analysis of the contents of the products.  Of the 44 products tested, 1/3 contained none of the herb on the label. None! Many of the remaining 2/3 contained so much useless filler as to render...

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Installment Payment Plan Now Available for HomeGrown Herbalist School

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Installment Payment Plan Now Available for HomeGrown Herbalist School

  Crime Spree Strikes Pockets of Would-Be Herbalists. Many Cannot afford Herb School!   According to reports from across the country, Kris Kringle (a.k.a. Santa Claus) spent much of the months of November and December taking the disposable income of millions of Americans. Among the victims were many would-be herbalists anxious to enroll in the HomeGrown Herbalist School of Herbal Medicine.  In light of these events (and with much cyber-wrangling and geek consulting), I've figured out a way to allow installment payments for the HomeGrown Herabalist School enrollments for those who are a bit tight after Santa's shinninigans.   If you'd like...

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The HomeGrown Herbalist School of Botanical Medicine

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The HomeGrown Herbalist School of Herbal Medicine. Enroll Now!  After many requests, much reflection and some major re-arrangements in my life to make it possible, I've decided to expand the offerings of herbal education offered by HomeGrown Herbalist, LLC.  I believe it’s critical that we learn to take charge of our own health and become medically self-sufficient.  There are many herbal education programs available. Many are quite expensive. Many focus too little on medicinal plants and too much on commercial formulas they’d like you to buy. Many are, frankly, not based on anatomical and physiological facts but depend instead on...

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The Question of Questions

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Patrick Jones, DVM People are discovering, more and more, that modern Western medicine doesn't have all the answers. It's my belief that the principle reason they don't have more answers is because they are asking the wrong question! The entire basis of modern medical training and practice revolves around one question. It's the first question we are asked by our doctor in the examination room and the only question that receives any real attention;  "What's wrong with you?". This question isn't all bad certainly. They do need to know what a person's symptoms are and why they have come to...

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The Book is Here! The Book is Here!

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  Well, I finally got the rascal done! The HomeGrown Herbalist is officially available.  The emphasis of the book is to make herbal medicine accessible to everyone and to illustrate how and why to base our botanical healing principally on local plants rather than products.  There are, of course, directions for making herbal medicines. But, most importantly, there is an introduction to 20 amazing plants. If a person really learned these particular plants, he/she would be in a position to do a great deal of good.  To get on the list, the plants had to meet two criteria; they had to...

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