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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

holiday gift ideas: natural hand-crafted body products by eathwise medicinals

One thing I love about fall and winter is that I finally have a bit of time to sort through all the herbal tinctures, herbal-infused oils, and dried herbs that I have made and collected in the warmer seasons. For many … Continue reading

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homemade vegetable risotto

Today I made a homemade risotto inspired by the “spanish rice” that I sometimes buy packaged in boxes for a quick meal. I think this is even tastier, just as easy, and it is a geat way to get in your daily … Continue reading

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garlic planting

Yesterday was a beautiful November day, the sun was shining and the air nice and warm- a perfect day for our yearly garlic planting! There is so much to write about garlic, one of the most medicinal and useful herbs … Continue reading

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homemade calendula salve

This evening I made a soothing calendula salve with my daughter. She was very proud to make her first herbal salve and did most of the job herself. Calendula salve can be used to sooth any manner of skin abrasions, … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup

Here’s a unique recipe for a delicious soup I’ve been making since sweet potatoes came back into season here in western MA. Why post about soup? Well because to me, good, fresh seasonal food really IS medicine. Here’s what you’ll … Continue reading

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Elderberry Immune-Enhancing Elixer

Yesterday I whipped up a new recipe for an amazingly delicious and noursishing immune enhancing formula. Here I will share with you how to make your own. Ingredients: 2 cups dried elderberries 1 cup astragalus root 1/3 cup echinacea root … Continue reading

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As a child, I had a habit of collecting wild plants and pretending to make food and medicine with the plants I had gathered.  I even tried to get my little sister to eat small pieces of our house plants … Continue reading

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Welcome to Earthwise Medicinals!

Shalom and welcome to Earthwise Medicinals!  Here I write about my daily life as a wife, mother of three, herbalist, doula, and musician..  This is where I share my daily work with herbal medicine and ideas on how to make herbal medicines and healthcare products at home.  I will be … Continue reading

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