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Welcome to Pixie's Pocket! I am Amber Shehan, and I am a hobbit-like, tipsy fae creature who resides in Western North Carolina - herbalist, author, educator, brewer of wines and meads, and a lazy gardener.
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There are many guides that explain how to use ear oil, but I noticed that none of them included one of the most important parts: encouraging nurturing touch and creating a soothing environment.
Motherwort and lemon balm are sisters in the Mint family, and together they make a brew that is soothing to the savage beast. If you are up late and unable to sleep due to stress and anxiety, pouring a glass of this brew can do the trick!
When there’s a chill in the air, I soothe myself with a warm cup of tea. I often indulge in strong, black tea like Earl Grey or Irish Breakfast, but there’s something special about spiced Chai. Not only is it creamy and rich, but the spices that lend themselves to the complex flavor are warming and healing.
Ginger makes a lovely wine, warming to the heart and soul in the depths of the cold seasons! It also helps settle the tummy, so makes an excellent after-dinner tipple.
Sharp, sour lemon blends perfectly with sweet wildflower honey. Versatile enough to be both a syrup for sore throats and a perfect cocktail mixer.
Grumble. Mumble. I have a fever…a mild one, mind you, and I should be in bed. But I promise I’ll do that in a minute. First I have to tell you about what I am drinking right now. I am drinking some mulled wine. Mulled wine is not just meant to be delicious, hot alcohol for…
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you lemon cucumbers, make delicious pickles!
The berries on the brambles, the sweet-smelling flowers, the medicinal leaves and herbs of bushes, grass, and briar – the hedgerow weeds and wildflowers have many delights to offer.
Pesto is a perfect way to preserve the wild greens that grow in your yard and garden. Go beyond basil and forage some goodies to include in your next batch!