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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 »
It’s frightening to not be able to catch your breath. It’s down-right terrifying to see your child struggle to breathe. Asthma is inflammation of the bronchial passages of the respiratory system and is accompanied by excessive mucous production in the lungs. Spasms in the smooth muscles of the respiratory system lead to the classic wheezing […]Read more »
The wild violets are out, creating a beautiful carpet of green and purple speckled lawn. I love this time of year when everything is starting to bust open with springtime goodness! Violets are not only beautiful, they are edible and medicinal too! Last year I spent the entire year creating jellies from all edible wild […]Read more »
‘Wild’ yards are things of beauty in the spring time! Weeds to one, are salad greens, seasonings, or medicine to another. From the tiny white flowers adorning chickweed to the deep purple and green blossoms of henbit, unkempt, springtime yards are happy rainbows of color. It is impossible to pick a favorite yard herb or […]Read more »
Burdock is a wonderful medicinal herb AND a delicious root to eat. You may have eaten it in a Japanese meal, not even knowing it! Last year for the first time, I planted Gobo Burdock(Arctium lappa) in hopes for one or two good roots for tincturing. I started the plants from seeds and had 6 seedlings to […]Read more »
Have you ever made a meal from wild foods? Spring is just starting to peek about in our neck of the woods and weeds are growing! The first lovely little flower and wild food to pop out is the dandelions of course. 🙂 Along with henbit, purple dead nettle, chickweed, yellow dock and mint. Already […]Read more »
Creating DIY floral or herbal waters is a fun way to fashion a perfect beginning to any season. Depending on the ingredients you select you can make a relaxing, sporty, or even invigorating scent that can pamper your skin and elevate your mood. Blends can be a medium to bring us back to ourselves; mind, […]Read more »
By Janice Cox Soy is great for the skin. It increases collagen production and helps keep skin tone even. This scrub also is soothing to dry skin because it uses sugar, which is less dehydrating than harsh chemical peels or salt rubs. The vegetable oil also helps moisturize, and dried lavender is naturally soothing and […]Read more »
By Lucinda Hutson Fresh cilantro leaves and dried coriander seeds are not interchangeable; each has a distinct flavor and is used in its own way. I like the clean, citrusy flavor of freshly ground coriander sprinkled on tossed green salads, tuna salads, and deviled eggs. I use them to season melted garlic butter to drizzle […]Read more »
By Lucinda Hutson Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is a gift to any garden, offering ornamental, culinary, medicinal, and aromatic allure. During its three-month growing cycle, this annual herb produces an abundance of pungent, savory emerald foliage, then a profusion of lacy white flower umbels, and finally the flurry of small, round fruits known as coriander seeds, […]Read more »