{Healthier} Herbal Jello

I knew when I posted about making Herbal Jello as a great way to get therapeutic levels of herbs into a picky kid or too-sick-to-eat-much individual, that there would be some unable to use the recipe because of the sugar and artificial ingredients contained in regular Jello. While you can find Jello without artificial dyes & flavors (like these), I also wanted to post this addendum to show that you can make another version, without … Continue reading

Herbal Jello

Jello made with herbal tea to help sick kids feel better

You know when you’re a kid (or grownup) and you’re sick and you just don’t feel like eating, much less swallowing some horrid tasting mixture your mom gives you to help you feel better? Well, this is where herbal jellos come into play. They’re ideal vehicles to administer therapeutic doses of herbs to less than willing patients such as picky children, elderly folks with low appetite, and kind-of-cranky-when-they’re-sick adults that you may or may not … Continue reading

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 alcohol for personal reasons or cost factors, making vinegar extracts ideal for them to create. Vinegar extracts (also known as “aceta”) … Continue reading

Honey Butter Finger Bites

Honey Butterfinger Bites

When I was in junior high school, I took a candy making class with my mom and sisters. It was a lot of fun and I learned so much from that day! This week, I was browsing through some loose piles of various recipes I had printed off over the years, looking for new ideas, and discovered that I still had the sheaf of handouts that the instructor gave everyone who attended. Not only that, … Continue reading

My Favorite Cold & Flu Tincture

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 signs of illness. (So, basically most holiday gatherings.) If you take it quickly enough, more often than not, you’ll wipe … Continue reading

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 the skin soothing and lymph moving qualities of this amazing plant that makes it helpful for skin irritations and mild … Continue reading

Honey Nut Brittle Candy

Honey Nut Brittle Candy

We’ve really been enjoying Papa B’s honey from next door lately! Today, I made three kinds of honey nut brittle to tuck away in the freezer for when the urge for a sweet treat hits. The idea for this recipe came from “Macadamia Nut Brittle” in the cookbook: Eat Well Feel Well by Kendall Conrad. I love this book! Though some of the recipes call for ingredients that are too gourmet for me to ever … Continue reading