Category: Secondary Skin Infections


Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)

Oregon grape root (Mahonia¬†aquifolium), a wonderful native North American medicinal herb,¬†is often exported to Europe and preferred over other Euroasian berberine containing plants for the treatment of acne and eczema. Berberine is a well-researched antibiotic chemical which is also present in Goldenseal root, another North American herb which is more expensive and has suffered over-harvesting almost to the point of… Read more →


Salve Making – Part 4: Adding the Beeswax

For this last salve making post, I thought I would highlight the final steps in salve making. Hopefully you are now interested in making your own. It can be very simple. Pick an herb like plantain, pour olive oil over the cut leaves, place in sun for 4-6 weeks until the oil is green, heat with the beeswax, and there… Read more →


Treating Chipper’s Severe Allergies

Chipper is a four year-old whose skin allergies were so bad, his people took turns holding him at night to prevent him from chewing sores especially between the legs and around the tail. He had no fleas. The regular vet prescribed antibiotics (which helped) and steroids (which made him crazy). Both these medications had poor long term side effects. With… Read more →