Herbalism & Herbal Recipes
Homebrewing: Mead, Wine, and More
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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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!
Honeysuckle is an invasive plant with some of the most lovely, ephemeral flowers – their heavenly aroma lends itself nicely to this wine.
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!
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.
Soapwort is a versatile plant that is easy to grow, harvest, and use around the home. It can clean skin, lace, quilts, hair, bodies, even household cleaning can be done with a strong enough brew.
Sharp, sour lemon blends perfectly with sweet wildflower honey. Versatile enough to be both a syrup for sore throats and a perfect cocktail mixer.
Make the most out of an abundance of dandelions with a wild-fermented wine or mead. It’s easy, exciting, and worth trying – what are you waiting for?
I had an intense craving for fresh fruit and veggies the other day. Since that is one of those food desires that is acceptable to give in to, I drove down the street to the local fruit market. The awesome little tienda down the road was on my list to visit anyways, as they have…