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We here in the Northern Hemisphere have just celebrated the summer solstice–the longest day of the year and the beginning (for most of us) of the summer holiday season. All of this sun, mild weather, and blooming gardens have me thinking about calendula (aka marigolds or Calendula officinalis). You’ve probably seen marigolds a hundred times; […]Read more »
Just like dear Cinderella who was looked down upon by her ugly step-sisters, chives are the hidden treasure herb of the garden. Here are some interesting facts you may not know about chives that may help you better appreciate this Cinderella herb. Allium schoenoprasum is a member of the Lilaceae-lily family with a milder flavor […]Read more »
Incorporating herbs as condiments is great way to add flavor as well as nutrients to your diet. Condiments can be made with fresh or dried herbs and can be sprinkled on or added to salads, soups and really anything you are eating.If you look the word condiment up in the dictionary it is described as […]Read more »
Lemongrass (Cymopogon citratus) Have you ever grown lemongrass? Have you smelled or tasted lemongrass? There are so many amazing benefits of using lemongrass whether medicinally, in food or as a pest deterrent. We grow it but ONLY in small amounts because getting it out of the ground at the end of its season is well….think […]Read more »
I spoke with my sons this past weekend. Both of them are up to their eyeballs with study as they head into the last stretch of their college semester. I always try to send a fresh sprig of rosemary to them for their final exams. “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember” (Hamlet, […]Read more »
What do you think of Stinging Nettle? I am always amazed at how much this plant can do for you. Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) is chock full of medicinal and nutritional benefits. It is called “stinging” for a reason – fine, stinging hairs filled with formic acid, just like fire ant bites, cover the entire […]Read more »
Violets bring back fond memories for me. I have spent many springs as a child in the woods collecting fists full of these purple beauties to hand to my mom who would proudly display them on our kitchen table in a used jelly jar. They never lasted very long and they didn’t have the strongest […]Read more »
Help Reduce Allergy Symptoms Naturally Spring is here and for many of us that means allergy season. Herbal teas, essential oil blends, and environmental modifications are great places to start to help reduce allergy symptoms naturally. To have the most effective and optimal results, begin by seeing your allergist or medical professional find which specific allergies affect […]Read more »
Hello, again, fellow lovers of everything natural! I love this list so much, I HAD to share it! I compiled this list over the past few years, based on research and experience. These are, in my humble opinion, the most essential herbs/herbal essential oils that EVERYONE should have on hand, for daily use or emergencies! Please don’t […]Read more »
Anyone can harness the power of plants to reduce allergens and toxins present in their environment. Expert herbalist and author Pip Waller provides more than 500 plant-based remedies for house, health and more in The Herbal Handbook (North Atlantic Books, 2015). The following excerpt from “Household Products” offers DIY cleaners that can be used in […]Read more »