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What’s in The Extreme Health Library Sale?—Meet the Contributors and Their Work

Extreme Health Library Sale


UPDATE:  The Extreme Health Library Sale is over.  Thank you to all who particpated !  

If you missed out on the bundle sale, but would like to buy books individually, I’ve linked to those that are still available to purchase.


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The Extreme Health Library bundle contains 53 digital products of amazing resources by featured Contributors.


These ebooks, videos and audios were hand-selected by Pat Robinson, author of Adrenal Fatigue Solutions, to provide you with a range of timely health topics bundled together for one low price.


I downloaded my bundle to review and I am amazed with the quality and range of topics presented.  The information is up-to-date and beautifully presented.


Meet the Contributors


Relive Common Diseases and ConditionsRebuild from Depression


Amanda Rose, Ph.D. and Annell Mavrantonis, M.D.—Rebuild from Depression:  A Nutrient Guide

Pat Robinson—Adrenal Fatigue Solutions

Sayer Ji of

  • Aging:  Cumulative Knowledge from Peer Review Studies
  • Infertility:  Cumulative Knowledge from Peer Review Studies

Christy Pooschke—A Fibromyalgia Story:  Eating Outside the          Box

Marcia Schaefer, D.C.—Cancer Isn’t a Death Sentence-It’s a Life Changing OpportunityThe Right Side of Normal

Tracy McCullough—Ultimate Secrets to Acne Freedom

Todd Caldecott, Dip. CI.H., RH(AHG).—Holistic Approaches in the Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus

Cindy Gaddis—Understanding The Right-Brained Child




Plant Remedies:  Herbs, Oils, and TreesPractical Herbs


Henriette Kress—Practical Herbs

Darcey Blue French—Introduction to Tree Medicines

Rosalee da la Forêt—Herbal Remedies for Children During the Cold and Flu Season

Natalie Vickery—Mother’s Little Herbal Helper and Home Remedies

Kiva Rose—Of Thorn and Petal:  The Remedy in the Rose

Kimberly Crail—Listen to the Ancient Mother Wisdom

Contributed by a community of herbalists:  Numen:  The Healing Power of Plants Resource Guide


Natural Living and Healthy LifestyleThe Whole Foods Revelation


Katie (Wellness Mama)—Natural Beauty Recipes

Michelle Czolba—Wildly Natural Skin Care Oils

Jennifer Saleem—Salves Made Simple

Laurie Neverman—Common Sense Health:  Detox, Diet and Physical Activities

Dawn Lorenz—Detoxifying Your Home-Inside and Out

Genevieve Simperingham—Stress Relief for Parents

Tracy Liebmann—Introduction to Energy Healing

Deborah Donndelinger—Whispers from the Universe:  30 EFT Scripts for Feeling Great


General Tools for Better NutritionThe Everything Beans Book


Lisa Leake—100 Days of Real Food Challenge

Raine Saunders—The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Sustainable Food

France Morissette—The Whole Foods Revelation

Katie Kimball—The Everything Beans Book

Cynthia Lair—Eat More Leafy Greens

Kris Bordessa—Off the Shelf

Patricia Lacoss-Arnold—Broth:  Elixir of Life

Anthony Gucciardi—The New Health Paradigm


Food FermentationSimply Sourdough


Wardee Harmon—Lacto-Fermentation

Melissa Naasko—Simply Sourdough

Donna Schwenk—A Healthy Soda


Gluten-Free Living ToolsBaking with Coconut Flour


Peter Osborne—7 Habits of a Gluten-Free Warrior

Starlene Stewart—Baking With Coconut Flour

Kimi Harris—Traditional Soup Workshop with Whole Grain Gluten-Free Muffin Cookbook Bonus

KerryAnn Foster—Family-Friendly Allergen-Free Menu Planner

Wendy Polisi—Quinoa Fit

Lydia Joy Shatney—Divine Dinners:  Gluten-Free, Nourishing, Family-Friendly Meals


The Weston A. Price Nutritional Perspective and ToolsThrifty Food Plan


San Francisco chapter of the Weston Price Foundation—Nourishing Our Children:  Timeless Principles for Supporting Learning, Behavior, and Health Through Optimal Nutrition

Amy Love, NTP, CGP, CILC.—Introducing the Essential Elements of Whole Health

Millie Cooper—Thrifty Food Plan Experience


Health and Natural Living White Papers


Jennifer Steinbachs, ND—Spring Cleansing-The Local Way

Amy Hendrickson—Introduction to Flower Essences

Amanda Rose, Ph.D.—Raw Milk’s Protective Enzymes:  Findings From Research

Miranda Castro—Homeopathy for Childhood Illnesses

Kate Tietje—Practical Guide to Children’s Health (Excerpt)

Lisa Mase—The Five Flavors of Food

Guggie Daly—Car Seats:  The Deadliest Parenting Decision


MTHFR:  A Folate—Metabolism Gene Mutation


Ben Lynch, N.D.—

  • MTHFR Introduction Video
  • MTHFR Support FAQ Resource




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Build an Entire Natural Health Library for Under $40

Extreme Health Library Sale


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The Art of Healing Extreme Library Sale is a huge package of 53 products designed to set you up with an entire library of Natural Health information for an affordable one-time price of $39.97.

This package has a retail value of $835.32, and is on sale for 10 Days, from Tuesday, February 26-March 7, 2013.

Our favorite real food health bloggers and doctors joined together to create a package of products for you for your own health journey.  Each of our contributors writes from their own experiences, whether professional or personal.


The package is focused on health and wellness tools that are affordable and some are free.  This is important for each of us in this economy when we are stretching our budgets and trying to protect our health at the same time.

Browse through the many categories of natural health which include:

  • Relieve Common Conditions—depression, adrenal fatigue, aging, infertility, fibromyalgia, cancer, acne, diabetes, and ADHD
  • Plant Remedies:  Herbs, Oils, & Trees—herbal remedies, tree medicines, ancient wisdom, and healing power of plants
  • Natural Living—natural beauty recipes, skin care, salves, detox, energy healing and EFT
  • Nutrition Tools—real food challenge, shoppers guide to real food, and real food cookbooks
  • Fermentation—lacto-fermentation, sourdough and healthy sodas
  • Gluten-Free—gluten-free cookbooks and menu planner
  • Weston Price Diet—nourishing through traditional diets
  • White Papers—raw milk, children’s health, flower essences, and Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Folic Acid Metabolism– 1 in 2 people cannot utilize folic acid effectively because of a deficiency called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR)

With such a huge package, you may not be interested in each product.  You may only find one ebook, video or audio product that you need at this time in your life.  But the rest of the extensive health library is there for other times when you may need the information for yourself or your family.

This opportunity to build an entire natural health library for under $40 may not come around again.  Be sure and take advantage of this limited time opportunity before March 7, 2013.

This a one-time-only flash sale, digitally delivered to your email inbox.  You do not need special devices to read these files.  You will be walked through the file formats and how to view them.

Click here The Art of Healing Extreme Library Sale or on the banners to buy now.









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How to Learn Herbal First Aid


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Posted by Shanna Lea (formerly Shanna Ohmes) is offering a new herbal course in a few days. As always, LearningHerbs offers quality online courses with lots of information for an affordable price. Increase your knowledge for caring for your family’s first aid needs by using herbs.

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5 Ways to Use Herbs to Keep Warm in the Winter—Herbal Winter Warmers

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©2011 Shanna Lea (formerly Shanna Ohmes)

During the cold winter months, especially when those cold fronts blast through, it can be hard to keep warm.  To keep warm during these short days and long winter nights, add these 5 herbal winter warmers to keep the chill at bay.

If you grew herbs in the summer and dried them, you can use them in various recipes to ward off Old Man Winter.  There’s no one better than Mother Nature to send the winter chill back out the door.

Chicory Coffee

Hot drinks always help warm you from the inside out.  Chicory was used in place of coffee or added to coffee to extend supplies in times past.  Add chicory to your coffee for a robust earthy flavor.

Coffee beans

Chicory root

Grind together and brew in the coffee maker.

Licorice Tea

Licorice tea aids a too-full stomach or sluggish digestion, something we can tend to do in the winter months of not eating as healthy as we should.

Licorice root

Hot water

Pour boiling water over the licorice root and let steep for several minutes.  Strain and enjoy.

Mulled Blackberry Brandy

For centuries and in many cultures, Blackberry Brandy was used to attract a mate or fortune.  Either way, try this recipe to warm your heart.

2 whole lemons

Handful of cloves

1 bottle blackberry brandy

3 cups cherry, blueberry or cranberry juice

6 cinnamon sticks

Ground allspice

Pierce the lemons with the cloves.  Add all the ingredients to a stockpot and bring to a simmer.  When warm, pour into a crockpot to keep warm.  Serve in mugs.

Quick and Easy Sweet Dreams Sachet

A blend of bee balm, valerian, lavender, and chamomile in a sachet with a moonstone can ease and stabilize emotions and let you drift into lucid dreams to forget the night chill.

2- 3 inch fabric swatches

1 tsp each dried bee balm, valerian, chamomile and lavender

1 moonstone

Hot glue gun

Place dried herb mixture in the middle of one fabric swatch.  Place the moonstone in the center of the herbs.  Using the glue gun, outline the sides of the fabric with the glue and then press the top fabric swatch firmly in place.  To use, just put the Sweet Dreams Sachet under your pillow.

Herbal Wrap for Achy Muscles

Aches and pains from sitting too long, heavy lifting, or standing for long periods of time tend toward soreness in the muscles.  Make this wrap to ease those sore muscles and warm you up at the same time.  Warm the wrap in the microwave and place around sore and tired muscles for 10 to 20 minutes to provide relief.

1 long tube sock

3-4 cups dried rice, beans, seeds, cornmeal, or a combination of any of these

1 cup dried herb mixture of lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, valerian, comfrey, yarrow and arnica

Essential oils of orange, lemon or basil

1 cotton shirt sleeve or leg warmer

Yarn, to tie

Pour the rice, beans and seed mixture into the sock.  Add the herbs and essential oils.  You want the sock to conform to the shape of your knee, arm or neck, so fill it loosely.  Tie it closed with the yarn.  Use the shirt sleeve or leg warmer as a cover over the sock to dress it up.  Tie off both ends with pretty yarn.  Heat the wrap in the microwave for 1-2 minutes before using.

Herbal Sources

Click here Mountain Rose Herbs for an online source that carries organic and sustainably grown herbs for all your recipes.

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Culinary Herbalism Online Course with K.P. Khalsa


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For a limited time (5 days only), you can sign up for the Culinary Herbalism Course with K.P. Khalsa(President of the American Herbalist Guild) from, where you can learn how to use everyday herbs and foods for healing.  In this course, you will learn how to use medicine as food, and food as medicine.  You can learn how to use carrots for heartburn and cabbage for ulcers.  Or, onions for respiratory issues and celery juice for hayfever.

In the Culinary Herbalism Course with K.P. Khalsa, you will learn how to make meals that blend ancient wisdom with modern science to address many of today’s health issues.  This course uses foods and herbs from around the world.  Heal your digestive system, strengthen you immune system, strengthen your bones, learn to make healing tonics, balance your blood sugar and blood pressure, and heal and support your liver and kidneys.  This is real health insurance.

This course is made with the beginner in mind as well as the experienced herbalist, so if you have always wanted to learn, now is the best time to start.  It is a flexible online course you do on your own time, with lessons in bite-sized pieces and you always have access to it.  So no matter how busy your schedule is, you can learn at your own pace.  But to get started, you must sign up for the details as the launch begins noon April 19, 2011 (Eastern time) and ends midnight April 23, unless they fill up, so sign up early!

Click on the links or the banner below to learn more about the Culinary Herbalism  Online Course.



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Golden Milk: An Ancient & Healing Remedy



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by Rosalee de la Forêt

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years for countless ailments. In recent years it has also caught the attention of western researchers and there are many studies touting its many benefits.

Some benefits include…

  • Digestion and the liver (Ulcers, diverticulitis, flatulence, leaky gut)
  • Heart heath (High blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol)
  • Immune support (Cancer, colds and flu, bronchitis)
  • Musculoskeletal strength and flexibility (Joint disorders, arthritis, pain)
  • Nervous system (Pain, Alzheimer’s)
  • Wound healing and healthy skin (Eczema, psoriasis)
  • Diabetes and Menstruation difficulties

Turmeric is pretty astonishing!


I learned this basic recipe from Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa and I often suggest it to my clients with a lot of success.

K.P. Khalsa has a new course coming out this week called Culinary Herbalism.

This recipe is in two parts. First we make the paste and then we’ll explore how to use it.

To make the turmeric paste you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup of water

Measure out the ingredients. The additional pepper makes the turmeric more bioavailable, meaning that you use less for better results. At these measurements the pepper is about 3% of the mixture.


Next add the powders and the water to a small sauce pan and mix well. Turn the heat to medium high and stir constantly until the mixture is a thick paste. This won’t take long!


Let this mixture cool and then keep it in a small jar in the fridge.


Now we’ll look at a variety of ways to use this mixture.

 Golden Milk

To make Golden Milk you’ll need…

  • 1 cup of milk (or milk substitute if you don’t consume dairy)
  • 1 teaspoon almond oil, ghee or olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon or more of turmeric paste
  • honey to taste

Combine all the ingredients (except honey) in a saucepan and while stirring constantly heat the mixture until just before it boils.

Add honey to taste.

Other suggestions… this could be made into a smoothie. When blended it creates a beautifully foamy drink. Fruit could be added. Cinnamon can be sprinkled on top, etc. Experiment and enjoy!

Other options for turmeric paste

  • Add a small dollop of the paste on top of crackers and cheese.
  • Spread the paste on sandwich bread and continue with sandwich ingredients.

The best way to get our medicine is in our food.

Please check out this new course with K.P. Khalsa ALL ABOUT Culinary Herbalism.  There is a video on making this recipe in the Culinary Herbalism course.



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How to Plan Your Garden Food Production for Self-Sufficiency


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When you are new to trying your hand at growing your own food, it can be daunting to know where to begin.  How do you plan a garden for food production?  Is it possible to become self-sufficient in a short time?  It’s understandable to want to grow everything your first year.  Experienced gardeners and homesteaders know, from trial and error, that it’s best to get into self-sufficiency one task at a time.

Take these steps to learning how to plan a garden for self-sufficiency and build on them each year.  Before you know it, you’ll be providing a year’s worth of food on your own land:

  • Grow High-Value Fruits and Veggies—What do you consider value?  Flavor?  Freshness?  Or savings on expensive varieties from the supermarket?  You can save money and enjoy flavors by growing varieties that can’t be found in grocery stores.
  • Get the most out of the seasons—Make use of late winter/early spring by using cold frames, tunnels, cloches and other devices to stretch the season and grow more food.  You can get a head start on spring salads by at least a month.  Extend your fall crops by using row covers to protect them from frost and deer.  Extend both seasons to grow more cold-tolerant greens and root crops for food production.
  • Grow early-bearing fruit and berries—Grow June-bearing strawberries and early raspberries.  You can put these up in your freezer before canning veggies take over the kitchen.  In the fall, there are late-ripening raspberries and apples that come after the hectic food preserving frenzy of summer.
  • Utilize what grows in your climate—Some crops will be easy to grow in your area while others can be a challenge.  Soil type also determines what will grow where you live.  If carrots don’t grow well in your area, but beets thrive, then grow a small patch of carrots and all the beets your family can eat.  This takes you in the direction of self-sufficiency.
  • Grow your beverages—Mints, sage, raspberry leaf and nettles make delicious and healthy teas.  Even rhubarb stalk makes a tea that tastes like lemonade.  Learn to make your own sodas, hard cider and wine from berries and fruits.Food4Wealth
  • Grow perennials—Perennials come back every year and this save you in time and maintenance.  Just weed, fertilize and mulch.  Asparagus, rhubarb, sorrel, Jerusalem artichokes, horseradish, bunching onions and bamboo shoots are just some of the possibilities.  Find out which ones do well in your area.
  • Choose varieties that grow in your area—Talk with gardeners around you to see what varieties grow well and produce high-yields.  It’s frustrating to spend all summer tending to a tomato plant and only harvest a few tomatoes at the end of the season when a different variety would have produced an abundant harvest.
  • Grow Herbs—Culinary herbs like dill, basil, rosemary, sage, parsley and mint add flavors to foods for canning and freezing.  They are easy and inexpensive to grow.
  • Don’t overplant one type—Yes, you can grow too much of a good thing!  It’s easy to overbuy at the greenhouse on too many tomato plants.  Don’t plant 50 when 10-15 plants will supply 2 people with a year’s worth of frozen, canned and dried tomatoes.  The only reason to grow more would be to sell at farmers markets.
  • Grow something new—You don’t have to grow it all your first year.  As you grow in knowledge and experience, add something new each year and keep learning.  If something failed to grow in spring, see if it grows better as a fall crop.

Growing enough food to preserve for a year or more is a fine goal and achievable, but there is a learning curve if you’ve never done it before.  Take one step at a time and build on your knowledge each year.  Before you know it, you will have a pantry and cellar full of shiny jars of food you grew and preserved yourself!


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Nature’s Medicine Plants That Heal

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“For thousands of years–indeed, for all of human history except the past 50-70 years in Western societies–plants have been our chief source of medicine. The fascinating story that unfolds in the pages of this book is much more than a catalog of natural cures. Equal parts scientific inquiry and cultural history, it’s nothing less than a chronicle of the healer’s art as it evolved from folk remedies to modern science. It’s also an account of humanity’s continuing quest to discover new medicines and to unravel the complex and often deeply mysterious interactions between the biochemistry of plants and the human body.” excerpt from Nature’s Medicine



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Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Board Game


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©2010 Shanna Lea (formerly Shanna Ohmes)

Wildcraft!, by LearningHerbs.comis a cooperative board game that teaches about edible and medicinal plants.  It’s an excellent game to teach your kids and your family about herbs and the ecosystems they grow in.  You can even just play the game by yourself to reinforce your studies in herbalism!   The flash cards help get your mind going and you can take the cards out to the field to help you identify the plants.

How to Play Wildcraft!

Starting at Grandma’s house, you work your way through different ecosystems to the top of the mountain to find the Huckleberry Patch and take some huckleberries back to Grandma for a pie.  Along the way, Grandma has herbs for you to collect:  nettles, St. John’s Wort, Echinacea, burdock, dandelion, and plantain are a few of the plants you will collect in your basket.

Along the way, you’ll land on Trouble Spots.  You’ll draw a Trouble Spot card like “scraped knee”.  You’ll look at the icons for scraped knee on the card and match them up with the right plant to help you.  Hint:  Plantain helps scraped knees and other abrasions.  Along the way, you will read stories about the ecosystems you are in and how they relate to edible and medicinal plants and wildcrafting.

Wildcraft! teaches 26 different plants and how they relate to different ailments and which ecosystems to find them in.  There’s a water slide, deer trail and shortcuts on your path up the mountain.  Cooperative cards encourage team work.  The stories foster imagination and teach about plants and safety.  They also teach sustainable and ethical harvesting of the herbs.

This game is an excellent learning tool for people of all ages.  Use it as part of your homeschooling curriculum, as part of your herbal studies or just to learn the plants that grow in your area.



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The Celtic Diet


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Have you ever thought about following the diet of your ancestors?  I have thought a lot about it over the last few years and recently started focusing my research in on my ancestry and what they would have had in their diet.  I started with lots of root veggies and seaweeds, and then sardines, foods my Celtic and Germanic ancestors probably would have had access to.  On the days I eat these foods I feel better!

I just found a book that made my research easier!  The Celtic Diet, by Breanne Findlay goes through the history of the Celtic tribes and historical evidence of what they ate.  I’ve been pleased that my intuition and the book are in line with each other.  The Celtic Diet gives recipes and nutrition facts on:  Herbs and Spices, Alcohol, Vegetables, Dairy, Fruit, Meat (grass fed), Fish, Haggis, Sweeteners, Oats and more.  And it’s a whopping 183 pages!  It’s a digital ebook, easily and instantly downloaded to your computer!




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