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About earthwisemedicinals

Chana Laila has been studying herbal medicine since 2003 when she enrolled as an apprentice at Blazing Star Herbal School. Throughout her time studying herbal medicine, Chana Laila has become the mother of three children, and has focused on learning how to care for her family using herbal remedies and products. This work has inspired her to create Earthwise Medicinals, a line of ethically and sustainably harvested herbal products for women's and children's health. In 2004 Chana Laila completed a doula training program and currently works with women to offer professional labor support services. Chana Laila teaches classes on herbal medicine for women's health, as well as classes on how to make herbal preparations at home, and is currently enrolled in a correspondence certification program on herbal medicine for women's health taught by Aviva Jill Romm. Chana Laila is also a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. Her music can be found at and

Time to grow!

Spring is finally here and it is time to get growing! This year I have added some new offerings to my garden, such as elderberries, roses, tulips, and mulberries. If there is one thing I know, it is that to … Continue reading

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Organic Curried Butternut Squash Latkes (gluten free!)

Ok I’ll admit it, I’m tired of potato latkes by the 6th night of Chanukah.  But I wanted to feel a little holiday spirit last night after the kids went to sleep, and as I perused the kitchen at 10pm … Continue reading

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garden veggie burgers

So today I was trying to come up with dinner ideas using limited supplies. I hadn’t been shopping in a while, definitely didn’t have the time or motivation to make a trip out, and there weren’t really any protein options … Continue reading

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Passover Crepes: Gluten Free

There’s nothing I’d rather be eating more this Passover than delicious gluten-free crepes! You can fill them with your favorite roasted veggies, cheeses, fruits, or even meat.  They can also turn leftovers into an exciting and appealing meal. What you … Continue reading

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what’s growing in early spring

Here’s a little update on what’s growing here in my garden in Amherst, MA by April 1st. Even though it’s been an incredibly mild winter, it’s still a little too early for asparagus, strawberries, and snow peas- but those will … Continue reading

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planting our cold-frame garden

Yesterday my family and I planted our cold-frame garden, and we’re really excited!  A cold-frame is basically a mini greenhouse that traps light and heat, warming up the soil inside and allowing for an extended gardening season.  This is our … Continue reading

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7 tips for boosting your immune system naturally

Here are 7 tips for naturally boosting and supporting your immune system throughout the year, and especially during changes in the seasons.  The following medicinal foods, herbs, mushrooms, vitamins and minerals can be easily added to your diet to help … Continue reading

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backyard chickens: a city girl takes the plunge

Have you ever considered the idea of getting your own backyard chickens?  I was pretty much obsessed with the idea of getting backyard chickens before finally taking the plunge.  Over the course of a year I amassed a huge collection … Continue reading

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Elderberry Echinacea Immune Tea

Today I am excited to offer Earthwise Medicinal’s first tea blend: Elderberry Echinacea Immune Tea, now available in 4oz packages!  This tasty tea gently stimulates and supports the immune system and when steeped, turns a lovely deep-rose color.  Elderberry tea … Continue reading

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and the winners of the free giveaway are………

6 wintermint lip balm winners: Cheri Ross Nicole Brackman Tamar Helfen Amy Mandaean Sarah Heidling Tova Brody 2 rose hydrosol mister & wintermint lip balm winners: Maia Nechama-Rachel Campbell Stacey Shoshana Lotwin 1 Grand Prize: 1/2 hour herbal consultation, rose hydrosol mister & wintermint … Continue reading

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