Adorable DIY Marker Mugs + Free Stencils


What do you do with too much mint?

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It's been a bit of time since I've been around, friends! I have hardly posted anything in a year that wasn't written by someone else....

Five herbal tea blends you can make + DIY Tea Bags

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Blotto Botany: A book after my own *hic* heart…

Herbalism & Herbal Recipes


Headache Tea Blend – a helper against migraine pain

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How to make Ginger Tea


Herbal Relief for Bartholin Cysts

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Foraging for Rose Hips in Winter


Let’s Talk About: Ginger Herbal Remedies

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This will cure cancer! Herbal Miracle Cure!

Homebrewing: Mead, Wine, and More


Blackberry Mead: A One-Gallon Recipe

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Motherwort and Lemon Balm Brew: One Gallon Recipe


Recipe Box: One Gallon of Elderberry Mead

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Kudzu Flower & Muscadine Wine


Goldenrod and Ginger Wine – One Gallon Recipe

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Recipe Box: One Gallon of Mint Wine


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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Foraging & Gardening

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DIY Holiday Decor for the Garden

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Container Gardening: Winter Edition

Make compost for your garden, it's easier than you think! Making compost for your garden will make sure that you have everything you need for healthy crops. You’ll need a mixture of 50/50 materials rich in nitrogen and carbon. Learn more about the basics of composting in this Pixie's Pocket guest post by Craig Holland.

How to Make Cold Compost for Your Garden

Recipe Box

Easy, One Gallon batch of Spiced Chai Wine

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.

Mulled Wine is good medicine

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…

Lemon Cucumber Brined Pickles Recipe

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you lemon cucumbers, make delicious pickles!

Hedgerow Jelly: a recipe from the wild places

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.

Wild Greens Pesto

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!

Blackberry Mead: A One-Gallon Recipe

Summertime means berries, and berries mean jam, wine, and mead. There’s nothing like having a bottle of summer to warm you in the middle of the winter!

The Magic of Mimosa: Cordial and Tincture Recipes

Ah, it is late June, and the Mimosa trees are blooming! These pink, fluffy trees are cartoonish but beautiful, looking like “truffula tuft” trees from Dr. Seuss books!

Moontime Tea to help the ebb and flow

Some days, it really hurts to have a uterus. On those moontime days that leave you breathless and angry and in pain, this tea blend can offer a bit of relief.

How to make Mint Infused Sugar

Mint infused sugar is a delicious ingredient for baked goods and all kinds of recipes. It’s a great way to use up an abundant mint harvest!

Small Batch Lacto-Fermentation is easy!

When you get started with making fermented foods, it is easy to be intimidated. If you weren’t raised with cultured foods in your diet, it is natural to be afraid of making something that might be dangerous to eat.

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