Category: Herbalism
Elderflower & Lemon Cordial Recipe (The Boozy American Kind!)

Elderflower & Lemon Cordial Recipe (The Boozy American Kind!)

The summer solstice brought many things alive in the garden, plants I'd been waiting to see bloom to know that summer was truly upon us in these sweet old mountains! One of those that I was excited for was Elderflower. A few years ago I offered some spare soapwort plants on a Facebook group for local plant people. ...

Nettles – a feast on the forest floor

Nettles – a feast on the forest floor

Stinging nettles have a bad reputation. This weed is common around the world, throughout Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and western North America, and because of its many uses, has been introduced elsewhere. Nettles are food, fiber, and medicine, and they have been used that way for centuries! Foraging and ...

How to use Garlic Mullein Ear Oil for Earaches

How to use Garlic Mullein Ear Oil for Earaches

For some reason, ear infections seem to be a common childhood complaint. If you begin to recognize the symptoms of an ear infection very early, you can head it off with this remedy and avoid regular antibiotics as are often prescribed by doctors. Olive oil infused with garlic and mullein flowers is is a traditional ...

Foraging for Rose Hips in Winter

Foraging for Rose Hips in Winter

Roses are the gift that keeps on giving! In spring, the scent of their flowers permeates the breeze, and I forage petals for food and medicine. The blooms continue throughout the summer and it is a delight to watch bees and pollinators dive in and out of the roses like enthusiastic paratroopers. In the autumn ...

Using Motherwort for Grief

Using Motherwort for Grief

Grief is a powerful thing. It is terrible, but necessary. Grief is a mix of many large emotions, and it is a state that we each experience in different ways. It is inescapable - we will each of us grieve at some point in our lives. Grief is the river of tears that carries us through loss, through change, through ...

Making Cordials

Making Cordials

Thanks for watching the very first livestream video from Pixie's Pocket! You can skip ahead to the five minute mark for the cordial making portion to begin. Don't have time to watch the whole thing? Here's the short version: Ingredient + Sugar + Booze + Time = Delicious! fill jar with fruit if ...

Make your own Herbal Smoking Blends

Make your own Herbal Smoking Blends

When I was a child at bedtime at my grandparents' house, I'd fall asleep watching whiffs of my Grandad's vanilla pipe tobacco drifting down the hallway like blue ribbons. I smoked cigarettes in high school when I was depressed and poetic and suicidal and dramatic and wanted everyone to know it. I smoked cloves while ...

How to Harvest and Freeze Aloe Vera Gel

How to Harvest and Freeze Aloe Vera Gel

Here is an article I wrote for Learning Herbs, called "How to Harvest and Freeze Aloe Vera Gel". A few weeks ago, I repotted my poor, neglected houseplants, splitting apart overgrown Peace Lilies, Spider Plants, and a gargantuan beast of an Aloe Vera plant. The aloe had gotten so large that it was leaning over and ...

Goldenrod and Ginger Wine – One Gallon Recipe

Goldenrod and Ginger Wine – One Gallon Recipe

Goldenrod plants in full bloom I'm a fan of weeds and wine, as you well may know. I'm particularly a fan of foraging wild weeds and invasive plants for herbal remedies, brews, and medicines. Goldenrod is a lovely and yet often misunderstood plant. Many people blame their autumnal allergies on the showy, yellow ...

The Magic of Mimosa: Cordial and Tincture Recipes

The Magic of Mimosa: Cordial and Tincture Recipes

Ah, it is late June, and the Mimosa trees are blooming. My love and I went a-foraging in the wild forest of invasive plants that covers the empty lot next door. This lot would be almost impassable if it weren't for the trails my dog has left in the romps that leave her covered with thorns and spiderwebs! The space ...

This will cure cancer! Herbal Miracle Cure!

This will cure cancer! Herbal Miracle Cure!

Step right up, folks! Don't be shy! I've got some amazing news for you! Crowd in closer so you all can hear! How many of you suffer from aches and pains? Does your granny have gout? Are your children sickly and pale? Well, don't you worry anymore! This miracle cure will fix all of you right up! Take a spoonful of ...

Herbal Education Opportunities!

Herbal Education Opportunities!

Dig your roots into an herbal education this spring…It just so happens that two of my favorite herbal schools are offering specials on their courses. That makes this an excellent time to invest in your herbal education!  Here's the deal:The Herbal Academy The Herbal Academy is a wonderful school. For over a year ...

Freezing Chickweed for Later

Freezing Chickweed for Later

Late winter and early spring is the most glorious season for Chickweed! The freezing temperatures don't seem to deter this hardy weed. Her bright green clumps can be found pulsing with life, tucked away under the last blankets of snow. She's one of the first spring greens that everyone wants to eat; people, livestock, ...

Handcrafted Herbalism – do you want a free class?

Handcrafted Herbalism – do you want a free class?

Handcrafted Herbalism: foraging, botany, medicines Perhaps you wish to invest in an herbal education course, but you are daunted by the cost; both of money and of your own energy. I understand how hard it is to navigate the deluge of herbal information out there, and find a resource you can trust. That's ...

Motherwort and Lemon Balm Brew: One Gallon Recipe

Motherwort and Lemon Balm Brew: One Gallon Recipe

Man...is this brew ever a winner! I'm going to make an annual batch every single fall to help carry me through the grim and grey February and March mood swings. Motherwort is a healer. Well named as a Mother, she wants to nurture and strengthen you, to help you mellow out from anxiety and tension. Motherwort is a ...

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