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Nettles (Urtica dioica) are one of my absolute favorite herbs. Wait — have I said that already about some other herb? Hey, it’s hard not to love them all. But nettles are definitely my favorite. Aside from being a powerhouse healing herb, it’s one of the most ignored (or feared, depending on how you feel […]Read more »
This year I grew some new plants, Boneset being one of them. It was soooo easy to grow from a plant that I purchased in North Carolina. I harvested the aerial parts(all parts above the soil) and have it drying on a rack in my kitchen right now. Boneset is a must have […]Read more »
Salad dressing is something I have not purchased in a very long time. Back when I did purchase it, the ingredient list, no matter how “organic”, always contained something I had concerns about. As a result, I began making my own dressing and will never turn back. It is so simple and one of the […]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 »
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 »
By Maria Noël Mandile One of the best ways to stop itches is to avoid them. While DEET effectively staves off bugs for as long as five hours, it comes with a price: DEET can cause rashes, eye irritation and has been linked to neurological damage. The trick to natural repellants is that you have […]Read more »