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Cleavers (galium aparine). The name (Galium) is derived from gala which is Greek for ‘milk’ (cleavers was used to curdle milk for cheese) and the species name ‘aparine‘ comes from the Greek word apara meaning ‘to seize’. Also known as Bedstraw because it was used to stuff mattresses. Cleavers is a persistent, sticky plant that […]Read more »
Speed date with nettles; you will either love them or hate them but the more you know, the more you will fall for this one! As an herb: Nettles is an excellent diuretic helping to flush the kidneys. Being hemostatic and astringent, it helps to tighten and tone tissues and stop bleeding. Nettles is an […]Read more »
Introduction The term irregular period is relative since the experience is unique for every woman. If described in general, however, irregular menstruation can be characterized by these signs: too short or long cycles, spotting, too short or long bouts of bleeding (over 8 days), light or heavy flow, extreme cramps, severe back pain, and missed […]Read more »
The cold winds and snow are upon us making it the perfect time for some warming winter beverages! This time of year it is easy to forget to maintain our fluid intake. We may not be as thirsty as in the heat of summer but that does not mean we should not keep up on […]Read more »
I recently received a wonderful book entitled, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley. http://sioux-chef.com/ These 2 fabulous cooks are at the forefront of food in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. They are quickly gaining popularity for their use of fresh, local foods but what I love best about this book is its […]Read more »
Cold/flu season is upon us and having your sore throat lozenges ready is a great idea. At The Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka last month, I had the pleasure of sharing practical “hands-on” throat lozenge making with a number of participants. Join in making your own herbal throat pastilles/lozenges, which are tasty, simple to […]Read more »
My life is often spent doing many things with my hands. I love to dig in the dirt, play catch with my boys, camp and craft many things. There is not much glamour to mucking out stalls or cleaning chicken coops, but I still like to treat myself and to take care of my skin. […]Read more »
Sweet spicy Monarda (Monarda fistulosa and sp.) also known as Bee Balm, Sweet Leaf, Red Oswego (red monarda didyma) blooms late June through August, depending upon where you live. In my state, Kansas, early July is the perfect time of year for monarda to be in bloom, because I think the tubular flower appearance resembles […]Read more »
Pesto, it’s not just for basil anymore! By adding a variety of wild and cultivated plants, you can change this old favorite into something new and fabulous! I like to add pesto to a pasta or quinoa salad, to mayonnaise or aioli to change the flavor of a sandwich spread, as part of a summer […]Read more »
Sitting on a front porch, strolling through a garden, enjoying a mindful moment, noticing the scent of the flowers and herbs, sun warmed and brought to you on a peaceful breeze is one of lifes great pleasures. Lavender is one of my favorites to grow. It is relatively easy to grow in planting zones 4-9, in […]Read more »