Current Issue: January/February 2016

Current issue of the magazine.

Next publication deadline: January 15 for March/April ‘16 issue.

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Bringing herbalists and herb enthusiasts together since 1992 as a local newsletter, and since 2002 as a print magazine throughout the US and Canada, PDF worldwide.

Every two months you receive a copy, which feels like a thick, juicy letter filled with news from friends and crammed with information, recipes, lore, and crafting ideas and instructions for using herbs and making them a part of your life everyday.

  • Backyard Herbalists and Wildcrafters—THIS IS FOR YOU! Are you enchanted by all the plants in your path? Do you want to learn which you can eat, which you can use on a rash, and how to make a tea to soothe a cold with another?
  • Adventurous Cooks—YOU’LL LOVE TEH! Every issue has lots of interesting new ways to prepare dishes using healthful herbs to add zing!
  • Foragers, Crafters, Family Herbalists—The Essential Herbal is written JUST FOR YOU! You’ll find our pages to be filled with fascinating information.

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Why The Essential Herbal Magazine?

It has been less than 100 years since people knew how to work with herbs. Things like commercially available frozen and processed foods, patent medicines, and antibiotics simplified life. Just like that, we stopped remembering what to do with plants. We stopped making our own teas, tinctures, and compresses, and forgot about which plants helped us in what way. Once a generation or two of us embraced the modern conveniences, we didn’t know that this information wasn’t being passed down. Maybe we didn’t think it was important.

That’s what The Essential Herbal Magazine does. In every issue, there is something to learn. Grassroots herbalists and herbal enthusiasts write in an inclusive and easy to understand manner, sharing their wisdom, experiences and even sometimes the mistakes made along the way. We help you bring useful plants back into your home.

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The stated purpose of The Essential Herbal is to provide a forum for all of us out there working alone with herbs to be in touch and share what we know. Some tiny little herb shop in the hidden hills might harbor some powerful knowledge… and how are we to know? Its an opportunity to put that herb shop on the map. It is a chance for the home herbalist to be published right alongside someone everyone has heard of. Cool, huh? So join in the fun. Subscribe now to The Essential Herbal magazine!

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