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Some of the many varieties of mint made clear. Commercial Cultivation of peppermint and spearmint dates from 1750 in England; by 1790 the industry had migrated to the United States. Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is primarily grown today in the fertile, sandy loam soils of the Pacific Northwest; “native” spearmint (M. spicata) and Scotch spearmint […]Read more »
Arranging flowers is a creative outlet in more ways than one. Sure, you get to flex your artistic muscle by putting together a bouquet without any help. But you can get creative with what you put into your gatherings, too. Herbs make an unexpected, aromatic addition to any arrangement. Plus, they provide a wealth of […]Read more »
It can be hard to maintain an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle when it comes to pest control. Luckily, you can find a variety of plants that naturally deter unwanted guests. Plus, some double as household herbs and flowers. Read on to discover eight ways to stay pest-free all year long. 1. Citronella In the early 1900s, the […]Read more »
Dandruff is a condition of the scalp where the skin becomes very dry and flaky. This hair rinse will help deep-cleanse your scalp and rid it of any dead skin cells. The vinegar in the rinse can be drying to hair. Avoid drying out your hair in the process of treating your scalp by following […]Read more »
If your garden or local farmer’s market is bursting with herbs like mine is you are probably looking for new ways to incorporate all that goodness into your diet. This summer salad is bursting with fresh herbs. Blackened Chicken on Caribbean Salad with a Jalapeno Lime Dressing Jalapeno Lime Dressing INGREDIENTS 1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded and […]Read more »
It is the week before Christmas if you are anything like me you may be feeling the stress of finding last minute gifts. One of the things that I like to make ahead of time and have on hand for a quick but meaningful gift to give are jars of herb-enhanced detox bath mixes. They […]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 »
Guest post by Susan Berry from Grit. Just because Summer is gone doesn’t mean you can’t have the taste of Summer fresh herbs this time of year. Fresh herbs are very pricey in the supermarket so why not grow your own indoors this Winter? When Spring comes back, and it always does, simply harden your indoor herb […]Read more »
Guest post by Grit Blogger Mary Murray Something new I’m cleaning with this year is a twist on an ancient recipe for Thieves’ Vinegar. It’s said this vinegar was used to fight the Black Plague, and while there are more than a few dust bunnies that need shooing away, trust me, the old farmhouse isn’t THAT […]Read more »
How to Identify Peppermint and Spearmint Video by Mother Earth Living Associate Editor Gina DeBacker answers the reader-submitted question, “How can you distinguish peppermint from spearmint?” For more great videos check out MOTHER EARTH NEWS and Friends on YouTube!Read more »