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With another magical holiday season just around the corner, now is a wonderful time to start planning the ways in which we would like to share a little piece of our essence with the ones we love. Homemade gifts can go a long way to spread the message of love and appreciation.  Gifts that are created by hand with trusted ingredients are personal, practical, and environmentally gentle as well. For our community, the Dragon Herbarium has a few health-conscious gift-giving suggestions to help guide us, however one may chose to celebrate their beliefs and blessings this holiday season! Aromatherapy Candles...

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 America runs on coffee, and as it turns out, there may be much more to this common beverage than just a nice energetic boost every morning. Coffee has been scrutinized in contemporary alternative and conventional medicine; even going back centuries in the history of Arabia and Islam, and more recently in Europe and North America. Before we lumped coffee with more potent and potentially dangerous compounds such as nicotine and alcohol, it was known to have many positive health benefits in its natural form.  Negative judgments about coffee mostly come from the stimulating and habit-forming aspects of caffeine, a prominent component.  Health Benefits of...

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Lavandula, the genus of which our lovely lady Lavender belongs, is native to the Mediterranean Sea, southern Europe through northern and eastern Africa, as well as Middle Eastern countries to southwest Asia and southeast India, however many gardeners here in America grow lavender in well-drained soil, planters and pots. Lavender is in full bloom in Oregon this season, a wondrous event to witness! The Lavandula genus includes more than 30 species, dozens of subspecies, and hundreds of hybrids and selected cultivars(3). The different varieties of lavender range in size from about 9 inches to 3 feet tall, although some may...

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