The Herb Companion Magazine and a Dream


Deborah J. Tune (a.k.a. Herb Lady)

Herb Companion magazine, herbs, alternative medicine

The Herb Companion magazine has been my favorite herbal magazine for the longest. I’ve enjoyed flipping through it since way  back when I was tendin’ my ailin’ momma, husband, and daughter. On those rare occasions I got to sit down and take a breather, I’d get lost in all the stories and recipes. I love learning from the The Herb Companion’s articles, and living a simple life.

The very name of my Web site, Hillbilly Heaven Herbs, came to me back then. Yep, it did. I knew what I’d call my herb business – I just didn’t have the spare time to pursue my dreams. First, I had to tend what and who needed me. I knew there’d come a day when I’d be able to spend time on building up Hillbilly Heaven Herbs and that day came, yes it did.

Like I mentioned on the About page, things have settled down a little bit now, and I’m even able to focus on getting the website and this blog up and running. And, it just so happens one of the things I’ve been wanting to share with ya is my love of this magazine, so mosey on over and subscribe to The Herb Companion. You’ll be glad ya did!

I plan on sharin’ a ton more of my favorite magazines, books, and products with ya — and I’ll be telling ya lots more about alternative medicine, so be sure to sign up for free updates. Subscribe to my feed or by email. Y’all come back now!

Do you already get The Herb Companion? Have ya ever heard of it? It sure is a good one! Let us know in the comments what your thoughts are on this herbal publication.

Probiotics: Preventing Illness


Deborah J. Tune (a.k.a. Herb Lady)


What happens when ya get sick? You go to the doctor and get a round of antibiotics, right? Yep. Did ya ever take into consideration what “anti” in the word antibiotics means? Well, just in case ya don’t have a dictionary handy fer checking I’ll show ya what Merriam-Webster says about it:

an-ti-bi-ot-ic:  tending to prevent, inhibit, or destroy life 2 : of or relating to antibiotics

Key Words: Destroy Life

Yep, those antibiotics do destroy the bad bacteria that’s makin’ ya sick – BUT the good bacteria gets destroyed in the process as well. This is something to keep in mind should you ever have to take antibiotics. Once you’ve taken all of ’em, it’s a good idea to start probiotics. Let’s talk about them.

NOTE: I never take antibiotics.


Probiotics are the opposite of antibiotics.

Again, let’s take a look at what Merriam-Webster says:

pro·bi·ot·ic: a preparation (as a dietary supplement) containing live bacteria (as lactobacilli) that is taken orally to restore beneficial bacteria to the body

Key Words: Restore Beneficial Bacteria

Probiotics replace the good bacteria (flora) the antibiotics killed. A healthy gut and colon are crucial for good health and a strong immune system. If you start taking probiotics in the spring or summer, you’ll reap the benefits come winter. When ever one else is a hacking and gagging and sick as a dog, you will have built your immune system up and be healthy as a horse!

I personally take 8 Billion Acidophilus with Bifidus.



You also might find 15 billion Acidophilus with Bifidus at your local health food store.

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Herb Lady is Blogging!

Yep, that’s right!

You may know me from farmers markets or other outdoor markets in and around the Missouri Ozarks. I’m Deborah Tune (a.k.a. Herb Lady). I’ve been out and about in the real world, selling herbs and helping others improve their health with natural medicine. Now I’ve decided to get with the cyber program and start blogging in 2009!

This is the first of many posts you’ll be reading, so be sure to subscribe so you won’t miss out on anything!

P.S. Did you notice the cartoon over at the right side of this page? Over there —–> Still can’t find her? Ok, I’ll stick her in this here writing box so you can see her real good.

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