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The other night I dreamed of the holly bush. If you are a plant person, dreaming about plants is not so very unusual. I have often had dreams with plants or trees as the background to my imagining but this time, the holly bush was front and center. I have no holly growing in my […]Read more »
In Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-It-Yourself Home Healthcare (New Society Publishers, 2015) author and herbalist Dawn Combs makes herbal healthcare less intimidating and more attainable, helping locally-minded gardeners and non-gardeners alike take back food, goods and services from pharmaceutical corporations and sourcing them from small growers, producers, artisans and entrepreneurs. This section on […]Read more »
Usnea is a really cool herb! It is a lichen that grows on trees and you can find tons of it where the air is cleanest. We found enough for everyone at the retreat up in Highlands. Of course we did not pick it off the trees, that is a no no!!!! Many tree branches […]Read more »
Hypericum perforatum or better known as St. John’s Wort is a great example of what happens to a herb when only one of its properties, not even its best, is over emphasized. After a quick Google search, the top 10 entries all discuss St. John’s as an “anti-depressant” when in fact traditionally, it is better […]Read more »
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 »
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 »
Shiitake and Morel Mushrooms are a couple of the best tasting mushrooms, well if you grow your own or wild harvest, that is. Those store bought mushrooms grown on sawdust in dark buildings cannot compare to the fresh taste of log grown shiitakes !! I am on a mushroom kick this week because it is […]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 »