Practical herb card # 24:


The front of the card.
The reverse of the card.
Mallows are annuals or perennials. As they contain mucilage, they're cooling and moistening.

If you want to get quality dried mallows, you need to do a bit more than your usual "dry the herb, pour into a jar, label". Pick your mallows and dry them like you usually do: hang them up, strip the leaf and flower and spread that out on a piece of cloth on top of newspapers or put them into a dehydrator.

Now the extra bit: once the lot is dry, pour them into a jar and put that into the freezer for 3 days. After that, take out the jar and let it warm up. Pull out the now moist herb and dry it with a bit of heat: a convection oven, a dry sauna or a dehydrator. Once the herb is dry again, put it into a jar, add a tight lid and a label: "Mallows, august 2017".

Use mallows as a tea to soothe inflamed mucous membranes, for example in coughs, urinary tract problems or digestive upset.

Try a mallow tea for dry people, those who can't keep water inside: they drink a glass of water and pee out a glass of water a few minutes later.

An oil made from mallow leaf is excellent for inflamed skin. It also works as a sexual lubricant, provided the pair doesn't use rubber condoms as protection.

The recipe is Elaine Sheff's: Moisten dried mallow leaf with strong alcohol and let sit in an airtight jar overnight. Next, make a herbal oil as usual (see card # 6, cucumber oil). Oils made from dried herb don't have to stand and clear, so once your oil is done you can strain, bottle and label: "Mallow leaf oil, august 2017".

You can use the leaf and flowers of hollyhock (Alcea rosea) like mallows.

Practical herb card, TOC:

Table of contents.

Practical Herb Cards:
cards # 1-52.
Practical Herb Cards 2:
cards # 53-104.

Something cool:

A second set of herb cards

The new set of herb cards is at the printers, and will arrive within the next two weeks, if all goes to plan.

It's just as good as the first card set, but this time, it's only the cards: no extra texts in an attached book.

Get your own set here!
And while you're at it, order the first set, too, it's a gorgeous set of collectible herbal cards.


My books

A new edition of my book "Practical Herbs 1" was published in 2018.
It's now available on and, as well as at on AEON books' site.
A new edition of my book "Practical Herbs 2" was published in 2018.
It's now available on and, as well as at on AEON books' site.
I published "Practical Herb Cards" in 2017.
It contains removable cardboard cards, in fact, cards # 1-52 from the top of this newsletter. It's a book, with the first half (in thickness) / 3/4 (in pages) being more text and photos about the themes on the cards proper.
"Practical Herb Cards 2" is available for preorder now.
It'll come from the printer in May, as a set of 52 removable cardboard cards with a do-it-yourself cardboard box. It doesn't contain extra text and photos, like the first set did, but that makes it more affordable.
I could do a card pack instead, but I'm worried about that getting flattened in the mail.
My books are exquisite if you're a hands-on herbalist, somebody who wants to pick and process your own herbs.
They also contain hints and tips for beginning or seasoned practising herbalists, people who give herbs to people for their various more or less severe problems.

The herb cards can be used as teaching (or learning) aids, as the reverse of the cards contains just a photo of the plant, not the name, latin name, family or uses.

They're all gorgeous too, of course. Lots of photos, all in full color!

Etäopiskele yrttiterapiaa!

Tule mukaan etäopiskelemaan yrttiterapiaa!

Mukaan pääsee milloin vain, mutta näin kesän alla on paras aika aloittaa opinnot. Tämä on kirje- ja verkkokurssi, eikä verkkoa välttämättä tarvitse.

Helsinkiin ei välttämättä tarvitse lähteä: lähiopetus tulee pienellä viiveellä nauhoitettuna etäopiskelijoiden kuunneltavaksi (tai katsottavaksi).

Kurssin käytyäsi saat hienon diplomin.

Kokonaisuus kestää lähes kaksi vuotta ja maksaa vain 700 euroa.

Kurssi on todella hyvä. Tässä muutama kommentti: 
"Hyödyllinen, monipuolinen, selkeästi luettava ja ymmärrettävä."
"Minut yllättää tämä perusteellisuus! + kuvitus."
"... nämä vihkoset + kirjasi ovat minulle sekä viihdettä että työvälineitä. Kiitos paljon!"

Lue lisää täältä:

(Nästa distanskurs på svenska börjar i april 2020:

(I have a herbal distance course in Finnish and Swedish.)
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