Considered by some to be nothing more than a weed, the common violet actually has many health benefits to offer us. The edible flowers and leaves are: high in mucilage (a plant substance that cools and moistens) nourishing, and high in vitamins A & C excellent lymph movers a demulcent (something that forms a protective […]...read the full article.
I’ve tried a lot of homemade bug spray recipes. Some were just terrible. I remember taking one concoction camping and I’m pretty sure that I was attracting every mosquito in the county with that particular formula! On a weekly basis, readers write in to ask about homemade insect repellents, but until now, I hadn’t developed […]...read the full article.
Lately, I’ve been working on a new ebook about some of my favorite edible flowers and fun ways to use them. It’s a pretty time consuming project, so I’m still a ways from having it done, but this colored sugar idea has been so fun and so well received by family and friends – I […]...read the full article.
Many, though not all, of the plant-based herbal remedies that we use for humans can also be safely used to treat dogs and cats. The tricky part is getting them to take them! To encourage compliance, I make my pets an herbal tea of sorts, using broth instead of water. Before I detail how and […]...read the full article.
This Ginger Lemon Honey Tonic is one of the easiest, tastiest cold and flu remedies around! Raw honey helps fight infection and soothes inflamed tissue; lemons are full of healthful vitamin C and antioxidants (plus, they taste great!); and fresh ginger root helps fight the sore throat, cough, lung congestion, chills and stomach-ache that often […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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. […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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, […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.