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Moontime Tea

The moon is rising huge and silver in the sky this evening - full and bright! We are pushed and pulled along by the moon, just...

Recipe Box: Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies with Maple Drizzle

Sometimes you just need a bit of warm, sweet comfort food. This happens to me when the wind outside is cold and howling and you...

Recipe Box: Fire Vinegar (Fire Cider)

The weather in western North Carolina can be a tease. We had our first freeze in October, but since then the temperatures have been leaping...

Honey (and Cider!) around Asheville – 2013

Beekeepers from places as diverse as the Fynbos region of the Western Cape of South Africa, Brazil, Turkey, and Vancouver Island in Canada are sending jars...

Let’s Talk About: Goldenrod Recipes and Remedies

He is everywhere. Waving at me from above the blue and purple chicory, teasing me, dancing behind the brown grasses drying in the autumn sun....

Ticks and Lyme Disease: Western Medicine

Chapter 1: The Bite Chapter 2:  The Next Steps Chapter 3: The Basics of Lyme Chapter 4:  Antibiotics Chapter 5: ALL DONE (Western Medicine)  So...it...

Raspberry Allergy?

Aww, drat! After a few in-home experiments, I've got a strong suspicion that I have developed a mild raspberry allergy! I got some lovely fresh...

How to Can Tomatoes

July and August are tomato time here in Western North Carolina!  The farm markets are crowing about the lovely boxes of heirloom tomatoes available for purchase, and...

A Poltergeist in my Booze Cabinet!

just a portion of the selection... I just don't know what happened, y'all... One minute, the booze cabinet was all happy...

Book To Buy: 21st Century Herbalists by Jesse Wolf Hardin

21st Century Herbalists by Jesse Wolf Hardin "Read the stories of "rock star" herbalists in this eclectic collection of interviews. Jesse Wolf Hardin presents intimate...

Recipe Box: Earl Grey Cordial

A bottle that I made and gifted to a friend! I love hot tea. When I was a child, my Nana...

Let’s Talk About: The No-Shampoo Method

Every now and then, my sensitive skin gets the better of me, and I can't use scented soaps or store-bought shampoos without breaking out all...

Ticks and Lyme Disease: Antibiotics

Chapter 1: The Bite Chapter 2:  The Next Steps Chapter 3: The Basics of Lyme Chapter 4:  Antibiotics Antibiotics are a mixed blessing.  Properly applied,...

Ticks and Lyme Disease: The Basics of Lyme

In this picture, there are three ticks under my bodice that I don't know about yet. Image by AnimazeGuy Chapter 1: The...

Ticks and Lyme Disease: The Next Steps

Chapter 1: The Bite Chapter 2:  The Next Steps The days between getting the bite and seeing the doctor were not idly spent. I turned...