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Easy Ginger Honey Syrup

This tasty ginger honey syrup is made with just a few easy-to-find ingredients and is a snap to mix together! It’s superb for treating: nausea stomach ache motion sickness indigestion discomfort from overeating vomiting colds & flu when chills and congestion are among the symptoms It’s anti-viral so also great for taking as a preemptive […]

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How to Make a Ginger Tincture

A ginger tincture is easy to make and is wonderful for treating: nausea motion sickness stomach flu congestion chills Because it’s concentrated, you only need a few drops at a time to be effective, making it much easier to dose to a person reluctant to swallow anything. I find that mixing a few drops into […]

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Traditional Scandinavian Dandelion Syrup Recipe

This delicious way to use dandelions was sent to me by a reader in Denmark! She was kind enough to translate and share a few traditional Scandinavian foraging recipes with me, including this one for Dandelion Syrup that she makes each summer. Thank you Tina! You can visit her Danish blog by clicking HERE.   […]

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Rose Petal Remedy (Rose Oxymel)

Roses are not only edible, but are traditionally used for the following health benefits as well. They are: cooling astringent anti-inflammatory uplifting nervine (beneficial to the nervous system) emotion balancing helpful for PMS & menopausal symptoms In the past, I’ve written about how you can make Rose Glycerite and Whiskey Rose Cough Remedy, but today […]

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Dandelion Cupcakes

I recently went to a foraging class and learned a lot of new things! Near the end of the class, we were served dandelion cupcakes with little violets on top. They were so cute, I duplicated them at home. It’s not really a recipe per se, but just general directions. Pick a handful or two […]

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Lavender Salve Recipe using Essential Oils (With Free Labels)

So many people express frustration with trying to label their homemade creations that I thought I’d start including printable labels to go along with my recipes, when suitable. The labels are sized to fit the 1 and 2 ounce screwtop type tins that are available from Specialty Bottle. You’ll probably be able to find similar […]

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DIY Herbal Scouring Powder for a Naturally Clean Home

I’ve decided that I’ve reached my tolerance level for the winter grunge that has accumulated in my house and hereby designate this coming week as Spring Cleaning Time! I plan to declutter and/or scrub everything in my path with a vengeance. Of course, shortly after I made that plan, I heard that we’re possibly going […]

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Favorite Cold & Flu Remedies

It never fails… this is the way the end of every year goes for us: November: feel great December 1 – 24: feel great December 25: go hang around a bunch of sick, coughing people in small, closed-in spaces December 26: feel great December 27: whole family wakes up at 3:00 a.m. with sore throats, […]

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Homemade Herbal Shampoo

My foray into homemade herbal shampoo began last summer. Up until that time, I just used whatever cheap shampoo I could get my hands on. Times were tight and my beloved salon shampoos were most certainly not in the budget. However, I was pretty uncomfortable with the thought of us being exposed to all of […]

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How to Make Medicinal Vinegars & Oxymels

Medicinal vinegars (Vinegar Extracts) have been around since ancient times¬†and were an excellent way to preserve and dispense herbs before distilled spirits were known about. While the advantages of using vodka or brandy to make your herbal tinctures are many – including greater potency and longer shelf life, there are those who wish to avoid […]

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My Favorite Cold & Flu Tincture

Everyone has their favorite way to prevent and treat colds and the flu; today, I’ll share mine with you! It’s a simple little cold and flu tincture that I grab whenever someone says they are feeling icky. I also dose it out when we’ve been around crowds or people that are coughing or showing other […]

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Violet Leaf & Honey Cough Syrup

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know how very much I LOVE using violets. Not only are the flowers so pretty to look at each spring, the entire plant is edible and is helpful in a variety of ways. In my last post that referenced violets: Violet Leaf Balm, I mentioned […]

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Five Uses for Lavender Vinegar

For the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with lavender vinegar and must say, I love it as much as rose petal vinegar!   Directions to Make Gather lavender, rub the buds off into a jar, then cover with vinegar. Immediately cap to keep the vapors in. Store in a dark cabinet for a few […]

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Rose Glycerite – Emotional Balancer

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 […]

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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 […]

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Rose Petal Vinegar + 7 Ways to Use It

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 […]

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