Five Uses for Hollyhocks

Five Uses for Hollyhocks

Many people don’t realize that the common garden flower, Hollyhock, is completely edible – root, leaves and blossoms – and useful for more than just its charming looks. It’s a direct relation to Marshmallow and can be used interchangeably for that herb; the primary exception being that Hollyhocks have woodier and tougher roots, and are less palatable for eating purposes than Marshmallow’s softer roots. One thing to remember about this plant is that high heat … Continue reading

Rose Glycerite – Emotional Balancer

Rose Glycerite for Calming Nerves

I’ve discussed various ways of preserving and using roses, but for my final post on the topic this season, I want to highlight how to capture the physical and emotional benefits of the rose using the easy-to-take, alcohol-free medium of vegetable glycerine. Rose Glycerite acts as a mild nervine, calming anxiety and jitteryness. Many people find it an uplifting and gentle anti-depressant. It’s also anti-spasmodic so is a useful treatment for stomach or pre-menstrual cramps. … Continue reading

Whiskey Rose Cough Remedy

Whiskey Rose Cough Remedy

A few days ago, one of my nieces brought a beautiful rose back from her grandfather’s house and presented it to my brother. He made a joke to her about giving it to me so I could make something from it. I admit I MAY sometimes go a bit overboard on creating things from flowers and was deserving of the teasing! :) But, anyway, I did make him something from it! Almost every winter it … Continue reading

Rose Petal Peppermint Drops

rose petal peppermint drops

These yummy peppermint drops were inspired by a recipe for Herbal Candy Drops contained in A Kid’s Herb Book, written by Lesley Tierra. It’s an enchanting tome filled with facts, folklore, ideas & recipes aimed at introducing children to the wonderful world of herbs. I highly recommend it (for grownups too!) I took their basic recipe and used rose petal & lemon infused water instead of the herbal tea called for. Roses have cooling, anti-inflammatory … Continue reading

Rose Petal Vinegar + 7 Ways to Use It

Beautiful Rose Petal Vinegar Recipe

This stunningly beautiful rose petal vinegar is super easy to make and has tons of great uses! It will keep for at least a year, though the color is most brilliant during the first few months. If you have an abundance of roses and want to preserve some of that beauty – try making rose petal vinegar today!   Step 1 Gather fresh rose petals. (If you don’t have fresh, you can use dried, though … Continue reading

Honey & Lemon Sore Throat Candy Drops

Honey & Lemon Sore Throat Drops

This week, a cacophony of coughs, sneezes and complaints about sore throats and stuffy ears can be heard throughout our house as a pesky cold runs its course through the family. A common home remedy for soothing sore throats is lemon juice mixed with honey; however, that isn’t always so easy to swallow, especially if you’re a kid. That’s where these tasty little sore throat candy drops come in. The inspiration for these comes from … Continue reading

Homemade Violet Jelly

Homemade Violet Jelly

While researching violets, I found several references to homemade violet jelly. It looked beautiful, but I wondered… would it taste like you were eating a mouthful of flowers? That didn’t sound all that appealing to me. Regardless, I decided to try it out basing my experiment on a recipe for mint jelly. My first batch tasted delicious! Everyone loved it, only it didn’t set up; it was more like syrup. I did some research online … Continue reading