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What do you know about basil? It’s a popular herb well loved for pesto, pasta sauce, Thai curries and a multitude of other delectable recipes. Nutritionally, basil is a good source of vitamin A and contributes flavanoids and antioxidants to the diet. There are over 30 distinct and intensely aromatic varieties, even if chocolate basil isn’t […]Read more »
Dr. Jason T. C. Tu speaks with a deep, calm, husky voice. His slender hands, graced with a jade ring, gesture with openness and authority. His boyish smile and erect stance, perhaps a result of his work as a teacher of tai chi and chi gong, belie his sixty-two years. Little in Dr. Tu’s easygoing […]Read more »
Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, are powerful prebiotics that help maintain healthy digestive function. Ingredients: • 1 pound sunchokes • 2 cups rice vinegar • 1-1⁄2 cups white sugar • 1 teaspoon salt • 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric • 1 large clove garlic, smashed • 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne […]Read more »
Add pickled garlic cloves to soups, sauces and marinades to help keep winter illnesses at bay. Ingredients: • Peeled garlic cloves • Apple cider vinegar, enough to cover • Raw local honey, to taste Instructions: 1. Fill Mason jar with cloves and cover with apple cider vinegar. Keep in a warm, dark place for 3 […]Read more »
Life Cycle Ginseng is a long-lived perennial that grows in USDA zones 3 to 8. Plant Description Ginseng is a member of the Araliaceae family and grows in the deciduous forests in the mountains of the eastern United States and Canada. In the United States its range extends from northern Vermont to Georgia and as […]Read more »
Life Cycle Lavender is a woody perennial that is hardy to USDA zones 4 to 9. Plant Description Native to the mountainous zones of the Mediterranean, lavender is an extremely popular member of the Lamiaceae family. It is a short, bushy shrub that has rough woody branches and grows two to three feet tall. The […]Read more »
Projects: Prepare Fresh Herbs for a Floral Wedding Arrangement Herbal Flower Girl Wreath Nosegay Bouquet Herbal Wedding Punch Bowl Wedding Tablecloth Bouquet Fresh herbs have been essential to the language of love for centuries, used profusely in adorning bridal couples as well as bridal chambers. Ancient Athenians wove mint and marigolds, which they believed to be […]Read more »
• Yarrow (Achillea hybrids). The plant tops produce mostly yellow, tan and gold colors. It is a tough and hardy perennial in the garden and flowers from early summer to late fall. • Marigolds (Tagetes spp. and hybrids). The flowers and leaves will produce a variety of colors, depending on the mordant, from bright yellow and gold to […]Read more »
Though this steam recipe calls for dried herbs, it can be prepared with fresh herbs if desired. Ingredients • 2-ounces young eucalyptus leaves, dried • 1-ounce sage leaf, dried • 1-ounce juniper leaf or berry, dried • 1-gallon water Instructions 1. Place herbs in water (in a glass, stainless steel or ceramic-coated pot) and bring […]Read more »
Treat your loved ones right this holiday season by choosing a gift that is healthy, and sustainable and supports our favorite herbalists! Our contributors and friends from Mother Earth Living have gotten together to curate this extensive list of gifts and stocking stuffers that is sure to please! Must Have Books: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal […]Read more »