Herbal medicine chest – Herbs for everyday living – Learn the art of preparing and using medicinal herbs for everyday ailments

£179.00

Description

This course is accredited by the Complementary Medical Association. Once you have completed the course you will receive a certificate from us with the CMA logo and the words “This seal confirms that this student has graduated from a CMA registered school” on it.

Once payment is received you are sent a link to download the course content. No hard copies are posted – you will need to print on your side. Likewise, certificates are sent in email format which you can print out on your side.

This is a brand new course which has been four years in the making since the very first herbalism course in 2017. 

What you will learn:

  • Various herbal formulations which cover how to make syrups and elixirs, vinegars and oxymels, infusions, decoctions, salves and ointments, tinctures, poultices, compressions and fomentations, glycerites, herb-infused honey, liniments, herbal baths, macerations, pills and capsules, herb-infused oils
  • Equipment and tools needed
  • Which herbs you will need
  • Buying and storing herbs
  • Herbal actions (38 pages)
  • In depth profiles in separate modules of 20 herbs, their medicinal uses, history and folklore, recipes, precautions, herb-drug interactions, herb-herb interactions
  • 53 other herbs and how to use them
  • Body systems and which herbs to use
  • List of herbs to use for various other ailments (24 pages)
  • The safe use of herbs (16 pages)
  • How to match herbs to people and not just to ailments
  • Which herbs to use for children, dosages and recipes
  • Which herbs to use for pets, dosages and recipes
  • Which herbs to use for magickal use (81 pages)
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Safety guidelines and poisonous plants
  • How to make your own Materia Medica
  • A calendar of herbal folklore for each month throughout the year (15 pages)
  • Plus much more …

Human fascination with herbs started thousands of years ago. They have played an important role in medicine, politics, religion, romance, cooking, per­fume-making and superstition throughout human history.

It is believed that Neolithic man used herbs for food, healing and shamanic rituals. For instance, marjoram pollen was discovered in caves dating back 60,000 years. Some herbs were believed to have magical powers and were sometimes burned for their pleasing scent to keep the gods appeased. Many herbs had me­dicinal uses and have been used for millennia to cure illnesses. Today, herbal folk remedies are used by most of the world’s population, especially in countries where refined pharmaceuticals and advanced medicine are not available or affordable.

Our ancestors cultivated a deep, rooted relationship with plants; they harvested plants in ceremony, made herbal medicines with intention and passed along traditional plant knowledge to help future generations maintain wellness. In many cultures this information was shared orally, through stories or an apprenticeship with a local healer.

The potent healing qualities of herbs have been used in different therapeutic philosophies throughout history. We find plants used within the Indian ayurvedic system and in Chinese medicine alongside acupuncture and other techniques. They also play a very important role in the Spiritual healing ecology of the North American Indians.

Did you know that about 25% of the drugs prescribed worldwide are derived from plants? Of the 252 drugs in the World Health Organization’s essential medicine list, 11% are exclusively of plant origin. About 200 years ago the first pharmacological compound, morphine, was produced from opium extracted from the seed pods of the poppy flower. Since then, scientists have been studying plants to create the pharmaceutical products we know today. After years of overmedicating, facing resistant bacteria in the microbiome and treating the illness rather than the root of the problem, people are beginning to pay more attention to natural, herbal medicine.

Nature insists that we slow down, listen and observe. Beauty and stillness fill us when we stop our incessant human chatter. Deep in our being we know we have come to this place before, that we too belong in the natural world. We might start with a botanical approach to learning about the plants, with a field guide in hand.

We might be walking along with a plant person simply to hear the lore behind each herbal friend. We may be working in rich soil, rooted in a gardener’s passion bigger than ourselves. Regardless of where we are, the notes of the song begin. A melody calls to us. Where once we trod swiftly by a mass of green, now we see individual plants we know well. Miniature landscapes open before our eyes. And all the daunting information about these plants we felt we had never been able to grasp miraculously begins to take hold. Botany falls into place as surely as an understanding of energetic qualities and medicinal use.

My wish for you with this course is that you can start incorporating herbal remedies in your medicine chest. If you are like me, once you do, every herb you come across is scrutinized for its medicinal properties. I have also written this course at this time as the world is gripped in the COVID pandemic. Western medicine might become unavailable and very expensive in the future – this is where herbs come into play.

This course does not qualify you as a certified herbalist, to set up practice and to see clients and charge for your services. This course is for your personal use and for use with your family and friends. Should you be interested in becoming a certified herbalist, please check the laws of your country. In most cases one needs a three year degree. I do know in the US there are many, many herbalists who do see clients and charge, I cannot comment on the laws of their country.

 

Module 1

Introduction

A mantra for home healthcare

Module 2

Western Folk Wisdom

Hippocrates

Dioscorides

Galen

Dark Ages

Paracelsus

Culpeper’s Herbal

The Queen’s Closet Opened (1732)

Herbalism outlawed 1850 – 1900

Western Herbal Medicine

Modern times

Module 3

Basic principles of herbal treatment

Four basic qualities

Energetics of herbs

Energetics of illnesses

Signs of disharmony

Using herbs safely

Module 4

Equipment and tools

Essential tools every herbalist needs

Where to put your apothecary supplies

Module 5

Buying and storing herbs

Harvesting herbs if you grow your own

Drying processes

Indoor air-drying herbs

Solar drying herbs

Oven drying herbs

Microwave drying herbs

Storing home-dried herbs

Choosing herbs for drying

Freezing process

Whole herbs

Herb ice cubes

Frozen herbal paste

Buying herbs and remedies

Buying fresh-cut herbs and potted plants

Buying dry “bulk” herbs

Labelling

Make your own labels

Module 6

Methods and dosage

Water infusions (teas)

Standard adult dose

Children’s dose

Brewing times

Water decoctions

Water – Simple syrups and honeys

Standard adult does

Children under five

Alcohol tinctures

Standard adult dose

Oil – Liniment

Infused oil

How to make

Smaller dosages more frequently

Clark’s Rule

Example

Young’s Rule

Example

Dosage charts

Notes for children

For teas

Age/dosage

For tinctures and glycerites

Age/dosage

Acute health problems

Dosage

Chronic health problems

Dosage

Other useful measurements

Approximate equivalents

Weight measures

Module 7

Safety guidelines and poisonous plants

When to use extra special care

Pregnant women

Children

Elderly people

Start small

Dosing safety

Using herbs during pregnancy

Herbs to avoid

Use your senses

Poisonous herbs with pictures

Belladonna

Foxglove

Wolfsbane

Hemlock – the witch’s herb

Henbane, stinking nightshade

Index of poisonous plants

Poisons and antidotes

Module 8

Glossary of herbal actions

Abortifacient to Vulnerary

Examples of herbs for each herbal action

Module 9

Herb/Drug interactions

Understanding why herbs and drugs interact

Pharmacokinetic interactions

Pharmacodynamic interactions

Common herb-drug interactions

Herbal safety topics

Serving sizes

Potential herb/drug interactions

Potential allergies

Parts used

Precautions

Nourishing herbs

Heroic herbs

Tonic herbs

“Specific” herbs

The herb safety continuum scale

Class of herb

Safety rating

Safety notes

Period of usage

Examples

Herb listings by classification

Safety class 2a – For external use only

Safety class 2b – Not to be used during pregnancy

Safety class 2c – Not to be used whilst nursing

 

Module 10

Herbal preparations using the folk method

What is the folk method?

What is the difference between folk method and ratio method?

Examples of the folk method

Calendula infused oil

Ingredients

Directions

Traditional folk oxymel preparation

Ingredients

Directions

Cumin, coriander and fennel seed tea

Ingredients

Directions

Module 11

Herbal formulations

The different kinds of herbal preparations

Those for internal use

Those for external use

Module 11.1

Syrups, elixirs and cordials

The basic proportions you want to use

Basic herbal syrup recipe

Ingredients

Directions

Great herbs for syrups

Herbal elixirs

Definition

Simple elixir

Daily stress tonifying elixir

Herbal elixirs

Simple elixir

Daily stress tonifying elixir

Video:           How to make shelf-stable syrups

Herbal cordials

Immune booster cordial – syrup method

Immune boosting cordial – direct infusion method

Single serving cordial from pre-made tincture

Module 11.2

Vinegars and oxymels

Vinegars

Administration and dosage guidelines

Shelf life and storage guidelines

Tools, equipment and ingredients

Directions

Pros

Vinegar’s innate benefits

No alcohol

Cons

The acidity

Preparation time

Additional considerations

Four Thieves Vinegar

Pro tips

Oxymels

Basic herbal oxymel recipe

Oxymel method 1: Stir, shake, sit

Oxymel method 2: Vinegar decoction

Oxymel method 3: Separately infuse honey and apple cider vinegar

Suggested herbs for oxymels

Pro tips

Module 11.3

Infusions

What are infusions used for?

What are infusions made of?

How is an infusion made?

Hot herbal infusions

How to make a hot infusion

Cold herbal infusions

How to make a cold infusion

How to make an oil infusion

Basic recipe for a cold oil infusion

Recipe for a hot oil infusion

How to make solar and lunar infusions

General guidelines for steeping times

Herbs (including their uses) to use for herbal teas

 

Module 11.4

Decoctions

How to make an herbal decoction

Herbal decoction tips and tricks

Herbs to use

Video:       How to make a perfect decoction

Module 11.5

Salves and ointments

Olive oil

Coconut oil

Sweet almond oil

Apricot kernel oil

Castor oil

Jojoba oil

Rose hip seed oil

Waxes and butters

Shea butter

Cocoa butter

Salve

Lip balm

Lotion bars

Basic salve recipe

Lip balm

About beeswax

Herbs for salves

All-purpose salve

Gentle salve

Fast healing salve

Antifungal salve

Video:       How to make herbal salves

Module 11.6

Tinctures

Menstruum

Vodka

Wine

Vinegar

Single v complex

What is the shelf-life of a tincture?

How to make an herbal tincture?

The folk method

Dry herbs

Fresh herbs

Standardized method

Dosing

Making a glycerine tincture

Simplified

Brain tonic tincture

Headache-ease tincture

Caution

Video:       How to make an herbal tincture

Module 11.7

Poultices, compresses, fomentation

Poultices

Compresses

Hot or cold compress?

How to make a compress

Fomentation

Shelf life and storage guidelines

Preparing remedies – step-by-step

Poultice

Pros

Cons

Additional considerations

Sunburn compress

Muscle sprains or strains compress

General rash

Aching or nerve pain

Eczema

Plant rashes (poison ivy, oak, sumac, nettle)

Varicose veins poultice and compress

Video:               Comfrey compress

Module 11.8

Glycerites

Sealed simmer method

Materials needed

Making the glycerite

Glycerite dosages

Shelf life

Herbs to use for glycerites

How to use glycerites

Various glycerite formulas

Tummy trouble formula

Respiratory and cough formula

Cold and flu formula

Calming and sleep formula

Vitamin C Elderberry glycerite recipe

Video:        How to make an herbal glycerite

Module 11.9

Liniment

What are liniments used for?

What are liniments made of?

How are liniments made?

Basic herbal liniment

Kloss liniment and how to make

Video:       How to make a liniment

Module 11.10

Herb-infused honey

No heat method

Heated method

Flexibility honey

Upset stomach honey

Respiratory relief honey

Sleepy time honey

Winter colds honey

Video:       How to make herb-infused honey

Module 11.11

Herbal baths

Lemongrass and Rosemary bath infusion

Lavender and Aloe Vera bath infusion

Relax and restore

Module 11.12

Macerations

What are macerations used for?

What are macerations made of?

How are macerations made?

Video:       How to macerate plants in hot and cold process

Module 11.13

Pills

Capsules

How to make pills

How to make capsules

Allergy relief capsules

Headache relief capsules

Video:       How to make herbal pastilles

Module 11.14

Herb infused oils

Supplies for herb infused oils

Warm herb infused oil

Solar herb infused oils

Double boiler herb infusion

Stovetop or crockpot infusion

Oven infusion

Module 12

Materia Medica

Setting up your Materia Medica

Creating the herb profiles

Actions and energetics

Specific indications

Clinical and contemporary use

Traditional use and folklore

Safety considerations

Combination and similar herbs

Videos:      Compendium of Materia Medica

An herbalists Materia Medica – what it is and how to create one

Module 13

Various herbs

Taste of herbs

What is the difference between a herb action and a herb property?

Herbal action

Herbal property

Herbal energetic terms

Herb chart showing energetic of various herbs

Where to purchase organic herbs

What is a “part”

An example of parts in herbal recipes

Module 13.1

Aloe

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Energetics

Taste

Actions

Medicinal uses

How to harvest fresh aloe

How to freeze aloe

Burn recipe

Folklore and history

Precautions

Drug interactions

Herb interactions

Module 13.2

Calendula

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Energetics

Actions

Medicinal uses

Module 13.3

Chamomile

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Energetics

Taste

Actions

Medicinal uses

Dosage and preparations

Preparations

Poultice

Infused oil

Infusion

Tincture

Calendula eyewash

Calendula salve

Lymphatic teas

 

Module 13.4

Comfrey

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Energetics

Taste

Actions

Medicinal uses

Combinations

Preparations and dosage

Oil

Decoction

Tea/infusion

Lotion

Tincture

Herbal bath

Poultice

Liniment for muscle sprains and strains

Folklore and history

Precautions

Drug interactions

Herb interactions

Module 13.5

Dandelion

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Leaf

Root

Flower

It can be used to treat

Root

Flowers

Sap

Preparations and dosage

Dandelion flower infused oil

Dandelion vinegar

Dandelion tincture

Dandelion infused honey

PMS tea

Folklore and history

Precautions

Drug interactions

Herb interactions

Module 13.6

Echinacea

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Medicinal uses

Preparations and dosage

Remedies

Tinctures

Decoctions

Capsules

Flower heads

Powdered root

Gargles

Washes

How to make echinacea tincture

How to make echinacea salve

How to make echinacea oil

Folklore and history

Precautions

Drug interactions

Module 13.7

Elder

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Flowers

Berries

Bark

Medicinal uses

Preparations and dosage

Remedies

Flowers

Berries

Bark

How to make elderberry tea for liver support

How to make an elderberry tincture

How to make elderberry tea for protecting heart and eyes

How to make herbal cough syrup

History and folklore

Precautions

Drug interactions

Module 13.8

Elecampane

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Medicinal uses

Preparations and dosage

Carminative/digestive tonic

Remedies

Decoction from the root

Decoctions from the flowers

Tinctures

Syrups

Washes

How to make cough syrup

How to make a honey electuary

How to make an elecampane decoction

How to make herbal cough medicine

Folklore and history

Precautions

Drug interactions

Herb interactions

Module 13.9

Feverfew

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Medicinal uses

Preparations and dosage

How to make headache tea

Folklore and history

Precautions

Module 13.10

Holy basil

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Medicinal uses

Preparations and dosage

Can all basils be used the same way?

Preparations and dosage

Remedies

Steam

Crushes fresh leaves

Infusion

Tinctures

Wash

Juice

Syrup

Folklore and history

Drug interactions

Module 13.11

Lavender

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Medicinal uses

Preparations and dosage

How to make lavender elixir

How to make lavender body scrub

Folklore and history

Precautions

Drug interactions

Module 13.12

Lemon balm

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Medicinal uses

Preparations and dosage

Remedies

Infusions

Tinctures

Compresses

Ointments

Infused oil

Juice

Lotions

Combinations

How to make heartburn formula

How to make stomachache tea

How to make simply lemon balm tea

Migraine

Anxiety

Restlessness in children

Sleep aid

Herpes and shingles

Folklore and history

Precautions

Drug interactions

Module 13.13

Marshmallow

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Root

Leaves

Medicinal uses

Urinary tract

Colds and flu

Digestive inflammation

Healing wounds and soothing burns

As a healing food

Applications

Flowers

Leaves

Roots

Decoction

Tincture

Poultice

Ointment

Preparations and dosage

Combinations

How to make marshmallow root cough syrup

How to make allergy tea

How to make throat lozenges

How to make lip balm

Folklore and history

Precautions

Drug interactions

Herb interactions

Module 13.14

Mullein

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Medicinal uses

Preparations and dosage

Combinations

Preparations

Syrup

Infused oil

Infusion

Tincture

How to make mullein oil (using fresh flowers)

How to make a mullein poultice

Folklore and history

Precautions

Drug interactions

Video:       Medicinal uses of mullein

Module 13.15

Nettle

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Medicinal uses

Tissue state

Blood building

Styptic

Diuretic

Anti-inflammatory/histamine

Vulnerary

Hormone support

Seasonal allergies

Preparations and dosage

How to make nettle tonic for burns and rashes

How to make allergy tea

How to make anemia tea

How to make bronchitis tea

Folklore and history

Precautions

Drug interactions

Herb interactions

Module 13.16

Peppermint

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Medicinal uses

Preparations and dosage

Folklore and history

Precautions

Drug interactions

Video:       Spearmint v peppermint

Module 13.17

Plantain

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Leaf

Seed

Medicinal uses

It is used in

Combinations

For minor cuts/scrapes and burns

To stop bleeding

For hemorrhoids

For poisonous plant rashes

For itchy bug bites

For infections

For Diarrhea

For constipation

For cystitis/UTI’s

For chronic urinary discomfort

For coughs/bronchitis

Preparations and dosage

Infusion

Ointment

Tincture

Topical

Succus

Seeds

How to make plantain infused oil

How to make healing balm

How to make leaky gut tea

Other herbs to consider adding

How to make hemorrhoid “tea”

How to make hemorrhoid salve

Plantain foot bath

Folklore and history

Precautions and drug interactions

Video:       Plantain uses

Module 13.18

Rosemary

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Medicinal uses

Preparations and dosage

Combinations

Folklore and history

Precautions

Drug interactions

Module 13.19

Sage

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Medicinal uses

Preparations and dosage

How to make sage mouth and throat spray

Folklore and history

Precautions

Drug interactions

Herb interactions

Module 13.20

Yarrow

Botanical names

Other names

Parts used

Taste

Energetics

Actions

Medicinal uses

Aerial parts

Infusions

Tincture

Compress

Leaves

Fresh

Poultice

Combinations

Preparations and dosage

Folklore and history

Precautions

Drug interactions

Module 13.21

53 Other medicinal herbs and their uses

Module 13.22

Formulating herbal blends

Formula framework

Formula elements

Immediate results

Long-term results

Root cause

Example: Someone with a stuck hacking cough

Pattern recognition

Remedy form

Longevity

Simple acute

Simple chronic

Compound

Simplicity

Balance the energetics

Synergy

Adherence

Barriers to adherence and possible solutions

Taste

Not seeing results

Inconvenience

Lack of comfort

Humility

Intuition

Module 13.23

Guide to the safe use of herbs (16 pages listing various herbs)

Module 14

BODY SYSTEMS AND WHICH HERBS TO USE

Module 14.1

Cardiovascular system

Cardiotonic herbs

Cardioactive herbs

Circulatory stimulants

Vasodilators

Hypertensives

Diuretics

Vascular tonics

Nervines

High blood pressure

Other herbs for high blood pressure

How to make low blood pressure tea

Hardening of the arteries

How to make circulation spice tea

High cholesterol

How to make artichoke tea

Hemorrhoids

Remedies

Remedies

Difficult passage of the stool and hemorrhoids

Remedy

Varicose veins

Other herbs for varicose veins

General remedies

External

Internal

Module 14.2

Respiratory system

Respiratory tonics

Anticatarrhals

Mucolytics

Respiratory stimulants

Lymphatic herbs

Demulcent herbs

Respiratory relaxants

Bronchodilators

Anti-microbial herbs

Allergy rhinitis and hay fever

General remedies

Hay fever

Allergic rhinitis with congestion

Remedies

Coughs and bronchitis

Productive chest coughs

Unproductive coughs

Bronchitis

Dry coughs in the throat and chest

Chest coughs and bronchitis

Remedies

Internal

Congestion, sinus problems and earache

Allergic states with excessive mucus

Earache

Earache causes by infection

Earache due to chronic congestion

Colds, flu and fevers

General remedies

Remedies

Colds

Remedies

High fever

Remedies

Mild fever

Remedies

Flu with muscle aches and pains

Remedies

How to make Fire Cider

Module 14.3

Digestive system

Bitter

Carminatives

Digestive demulcents

Purgatives and laxatives

Astringent

Antispasmodics

Constipation and diarrhea

Diet for constipation

Remedies for constipation

Persistent constipation

Remedies

Diarrhea

Chronic diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome

Remedy

Acidity and indigestion

General remedies

Indigestion, abdominal pain, bloating and hiccups

Remedy

Acidity with gastritis

Remedy

Stomachache

Stomach spasm

Digestive infections

Remedies

Module 14.4

Integumentary system (skin)

Fungal skin infections

General remedies

Remedy 2

Athlete’s foot

Cold sores, shingles and warts

Shingles and chickenpox

Cleansing wounds

Remedies 1 -4

Cold sores, chickenpox and shingles

Remedies

Internal External

General remedies

Healing wounds

Remedies

Bruises

Remedies

Internal

External

Warts

Remedies

Acne and boils

External remedies

Remedies 1 – 5

Internal remedies

Remedies

Skin rashes and minor burns

Hives

Small-scale burns

External remedies

Hives

Remedies 1 – 3

Internal

External

Inflamed skin rashes

Internal remedies

Remedies 1 – 3

Weeping skin

Minor burns and sunburn

Remedies 1 – 2

How to make a chickweed mullein compress

Eczema and psoriasis

Herbs that soothe

Salves that soothe

General remedies

Eczema with weeping skin

Remedies 1 – 3

Module 14.5

Nervous system

What are nervines?

Common nervines

What are adaptogens?

Common adaptogens

Nerve pain

General remedies

Head pain

Remedy

Toothache

Remedy

Module 14.6

Muscular system

Skeletal muscles

Cramps and muscle spasms

Herbs to use

Rheumatoid arthritis

Herbs to use

Osteoarthritis

Herbs to use

Arthritis and inflamed joints

Remedies

Arthritis associated with acid indigestion or peptic ulcer

Remedies

Stiff and aching joints

Remedy

Gout

Remedy

Back pain

Remedy

General remedies

Back pain due to joint inflammation

Remedy

How to make ginger-peppermint salve

Module 14.7

Immune system

What affects your immunity?

Your immune system’s responses

Herbs for the immune system

Other herbs that can be uses

Stress or convalescence

Remedies

Nervous exhaustion

Remedies

How to make immune support tea

Module 14.8

Reproductive system

Menstrual irregularities

Heavy menstrual periods

Irregular menses

Herbs for PMS

Herbs for menopause relief and treatment

Herbs for female libido enhancement

Herbs for male libido enhancement

Herbal remedies for enlarged prostrate

Urinary infections

General remedies

Vaginal yeast infections

General remedies

Candidiasis

Remedies

Hot flashes and night sweats

Remedies

Module 14.9

A-Z Other ailments and herbs to use

Module 15

Herbs for children

Safe herbs for kids

Nourishing plants for kids

Gentle nervines for kids

When things go amiss

Appropriate dosing of herbs for kids

Clarke’s Rule

Young’s Rule

What to watch for

The scratch test

Recommended reading

Module 16

Herbs for pets

Flea repellant

Ear mites or ear irritation

Wounds

Upset stomach

Limping, tender paws

Anxiety

Module 17

Herbs for Magickal use

Herbs for every month of the year

Module 18

Giving credit and citing sources

Module 19

Herbs and astrological signs

Module 20

Suggested reading

Module 21

Bibliography

Attunements – There is no extra charge for the attunements

Burdock and Charoite – Value $300 / R4 200

Five Fairy Herbs – Self-attunement

Ethereal Herbs – Value $20 / R280

Etheric Herbal Remedy

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