Tag: herbs

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 ...

Event: Asheville Herb Swap [Oct. 9, 2016]

Herbalists of Asheville are invited to a free herb swap! Harvest season is waning and winter is coming our way, It is time to take stock of what we have. Perhaps you made too much 4 Thieves Vinegar than you can use? Maybe you have spare seeds or dried herbs? Bring your excess and swap with others in your community! ...

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 ...

Moon Goddess of Mystery Psychedelic Tarot Art by Emily Balivet

Yoni Steaming: An act of self love

Perhaps you’ve heard of using steam for health and beauty. There are many ways to use steam therapy, from saunas to herbal steams for the face and sinuses. Many people add herbs or essential oils to baths or showers so they can breathe in the vapors. But have you ever heard of a yoni steam? Yoni is a Sanskrit ...

Image by Dominik Martin: Ginger Tea from "How to Make Ginger Tea" at pixiespocket.com

How to make Ginger Tea

There are few teas that I make as often as I make Ginger Tea.  From the moment I put the cup to my lips and sip, the spicy glow radiates through my body and infuses me with a sense of well being and warmth. It is a simple comfort, like a lap blanket, a cuddly cat, and a book on a blustery day. I've often ...

How to make Mint Infused Sugar

So you've made mint extract. You've made mint tea, and stored enough dried mint to last you through a few winters. Maybe you've made mint chutney, mint jelly, or candied the cooling leaves for future teatimes. But you still. have. too. much. mint. Well, I have a new project for you! This one is easy enough to do in ...

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Herbs to Prevent and Treat Urinary Tract Infections

Ouch. Uh-oh. I know that small, pinching burning pain. I've felt that before. If you've ever had to live with urinary tract infections, that small sting that comes just as you finish peeing is a feeling that you tend not to forget! I had that feeling one morning recently and jumped into action - I don't ...

Ask a Pixie: Seasonal Allergies and Remedies

Howdy, folks! I’ve been getting lots of reader questions and comments sent to my inbox, and so I’m beginning a new feature called “Ask A Pixie” where I will answer your queries anonymously as a blog post.  Got a question? Now, bear in mind that I am an herbalist, but not licensed to offer medical advice. What I can ...

How do I learn about herbs?

So you want to be an herbalist or to learn about herbs and plant wisdom. Good for you! How do you get started to learn about herbs? Stepping onto an herbal path can seem overwhelming at first, especially in these modern days of mass communication. It is a blessing to have so much information at our fingertips, but ...

Recipe Box: Herbal Cough Syrup (Infusion)

It has been a doozy of a winter - not just colder than usual, but wet, and with fluctuating temperatures. This sort of combination has kept even some of my healthiest friends prone to repeated illnesses.  My dearest beloved has been sick with lung and sinus issues twice now despite our daily vitamins, herbal tea, and ...

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Let’s Talk About: Catnip Herbal Remedies

 Oh, sweet Catnip! My yard has a very happy spot in it during the warm months - right next to a nice spot next to a sun-warmed rock wall lives a towering bush of catnip.  His longest branches have grown to be taller than I am, and his flowering tips wave a fond greeting whenever I come down to the garden. Catnip ...

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 like the ocean - we are seventy percent water, are we not? The whole of humanity in the fullness of its gender spectrum respond to this primal pull. As someone with an active uterus, the ...

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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 up into the 70's and then back down into the 20's at night. The plants, trees, and birds are so confused, and so is my sinus! People who I know are quite healthy and active are ...

This morning’s helper…

I was stripping dried catnip leaves and buds from their branches this morning, when my houseguest of seven years old approached and asked if she could help. The rest of the morning, we stood around in our jammies, pulled leaves and buds from "happy stinky" catnip stalks, stacked stems by size, talked about cats, ...

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