King Orchards Montmorency Tart Cherries + a Surprise Fer Ya

How’s the Herb Lady’s readers a doin’? Hope yer all stayin’ healthy (or tryin’ to get there)!

Life is still as busy as ever on this here Amish farm. The homesteading blog is a comin’, I tell ya. It’s just takin’ a while with all that’s a goin’ on.

I have excitin’ news fer ya, but first I wanted to catch ya up on the latest stuff I’ve writ over on the website:

  1. Herbal Tea Fer Makin’ Ya Happy
  2. Tea Fer Makin’ Yer Man Happy
  3. Essiac Blend Tea Fer Cantankerous Cancer

And did ya know I’m on that there electronic social media stuff? Yep! YouTube Channel, Facebook page, and Twitter

The Excitin’ News

The nice folks over at King Orchards opened up them there big ole hearts of theirs and sent me a package of their Michigan-grown Montmorency tart cherry products my way to review. That’s right. Herb Lady’s gonna be reviewing their Montmorency Tart Cherry Concentrate, Montmorency Dried Tart Cherries, and Montmorency Tart Cherry Preserves.

King Orchards Package

King Orchards Tart Cherry Juice, cherry preserves, dried cherries, review

Nutrition & Other Info

King Orchards tart cherry review

All in a Row!

King Orchards Tart Cherry Concentrate Review

Thanks King Orchards!

Reviews of the Montmorency Tart Cherry products are a comin’ up – with loads of pictures!!

Plus a Surprise

Yep, I have a surprise to share with y’all and it’s a gooden too — but ya have to come back to find out what it is. Now, that’s a little rotten and sneaky of me, but a hillbilly woman’s gotta do what she’s gotta do.

Be sure to subscribe to my feed or by email so ya don’t miss my thoughts on King Orchards Montmorency Cherry products, plus lots of other good stuff that’s a comin’ up . Y’all come back now, fer real!

“Barney Fife” Commercial for Hillbilly Heaven Herbs

Here’s a little sumpthin’ fun fer ya!

Wanna see more videos like this here one? How ’bout videos featuring the ole Herb Lady? The Herb Lady now has her very own YouTube channel: Hillbilly Heaven Herbs! I’ll be sharing videos here that’ll knock yer holy socks off! So, be sure to subscribe to my feed or by email. Y’all come back now, fer real!

Diabetes and Stevia Balance with Inulin and Chromium

Stevia, Stevia Balance, Diabetes, alternative medicine

Fighting Diabetes with Alternative Medicine

A few years ago my daughter, Michele, was takin’ diabetes medication. Yep, her blood sugar was plum awful, it was! She was near 300 pounds and her body was all a mess. She’s stubborn and didn’t wanna listen to nary a word I told her. All my hillbilly alternative medicine advice fell on deaf ears, it did. What’s a Momma to do?

Bad Habits and Sweet Tea

She drank iced tea with white sugar by the droves (which is thought to cause and feed disease). I was on a mission to find a healthy alternative sweetener–and not one of them there ole chemical ones. This was my solution: Stevia Balance with Inulin and Chromium. It’s delicious and not bitter like some Stevia brands like folks think. It also has Inulin and Chromium.

Blood Sugar Stabilizes with Help of Stevia Balance

Once Michele started using Stevia Balance in her tea, she began noticing a total difference in the way she felt. Her blood sugar started stabilizing and it even helped her get out of the rut she was in with her weight loss. She still uses this natural sweetener today (I do too) and maintains a 120-pound weight loss.

What is Chromium?

Chromium is a mineral our bodies need. Most folks are lacking in it and don’t even know it. Chromium helps control blood sugar levels, and metabolizes cholesterol and nucleic acid. Chromium deficiency can cause you to be insulin resistant, which can actually lead to heart disease or even diabetes. A lot of people notice an increase in their strength when they begin supplementing with chromium or use this sweetener.

In Goes the Inulin

Inulin is a prebiotic fiber that promotes beneficial bacteria in your gut and helps you have healthy bowel functions and helps to stabilize your blood sugar as well. It’s  found in sources such as chicory root, dandelion, and numerous other natural sources. A lot of the time, you’ll hear of inulin comin’ from chicory root.

Balance Your Life

Ya might wish this here sweetener would be a magical cure. Now it won’t melt all your fat off, but it is a great supplement to help you with your weight loss. It sure did help my daughter!

What can ya do with it?

  • add it to yer tea or other drinks (don’t forget the lemon!)
  • stir it in yer oats (I use steel cut oats <— These things help scrape the gunk that’s caked up on the sides of your colon; more to come about that in a future post.)
  • sprinkle it on some raw fruit
  • the possibilities are endless!

What Are Ya Waitin’ Fer?

Head on over and nab you some of this stuff — you’ll sure be glad ya did!

Want to learn more about frugal natural remedies to be healthy and ward off sickness? If you want to reach yer ultimate state of health, be sure to sign up for free updates. Subscribe to my feed or by email. Y’all come back now!

WH Foods

Lemon Low-down: The Sweet Truth about Lemons


Deborah J. Tune (aka Herb Lady)

lemon, herbal tea, tea

Lemons: Sour and Sweet?

Pucker up when ya taste a lemon, do ya? Well, that tart little thing is exploding with benefits! Have weak kidneys? Bladder infections all the time? What about them there nasty ole colds and sniffles? Lemons are loaded in Vitamin C to help your immune system fight off germs.

Health Benefits of Lemon:

  • combats arthritis
  • fights inflammation
  • builds immune system
  • flushes kidneys and bladder
  • neutralizes free radicals
  • reduces some symptoms of osteoarthritis
  • bursting with Vitamin C

Fun Fact: Lemons also contain phytonutrients that have anti-cancer properties!

Here’s a few ways to add lemon to your daily diet:

  • add a slice to your tea or water
  • squeeze it on your salad
  • add it to your guacamole
  • drizzle it over the top of chopped avocado and tomato for a quick, healthy snack
  • make homemade vinaigrettes instead of using store-bought, high-fat, processed dressings
  • add a few slices when baking fish
  • or squirt some on your fish once it’s done
  • add a little to your raw juice

I always notice a difference in the way I feel when I don’t get my daily lemon. I feel stronger, better, and healthier when I’m able to get my raw lemon juice. (I never, ever recommend using bottled lemon juice–it isn’t in it’s natural raw form.)

Organically-grown foods are always best-received by our bodies. I’ve added a solid quote from Whole Foods below to back up my opinion.

Other compounds, such as ethyl alcohol or ethanol, are added to the waxes for consistency, milk casein (a protein linked to milk allergy) for “film formers” and soaps for flowing agents. Since you may not be able to determine the source of these waxes, this is another good reason to choose organically grown lemons and limes.– Whole Foods

What’s So Sweet About a Tart-Tasting Lemon?

I guess you’re wonderin’ by now why I used the word “sweet” in the title of this post. Did you notice all the health benefits of lemons I’ve mentioned here? That’s what makes ’em sweet!

I plan on sharin’ a ton more health benefits with ya such as I did today with the lemon. Foods in their raw, natural form contain maximum nutrition for our bodies and minds. That’s what alternative medicine (and Hillbilly Heaven Herbs) is all about: preventing disease and illness by using food, spices, herbs, and frugal natural remedies to be healthy and ward off sickness.If you want to reach yer ultimate state of health, be sure to sign up for free updates. Subscribe to my feed or by email. Y’all come back now!

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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.

I’m gonna tell 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!


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