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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Yarrow for Fever and Flu

Yarrow for Fever and Flu It seems rather innocuous, this lovely white flower, but yarrow has earned many expressive titles: staunchwort, wound wort, nosebleed, knight’s milfoil…most of these names are crediting yarrow’s remarkable ability to stop a wound from bleeding while reducing pain and infection. These are ...

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The Winter Blahs and Ways of Self Care

I'm all in the grey. Image credit: Kim Forman of UnderTheKimfluence.com I'm a once-a-week or so kind of blogger, but I've been slower than usual, lately. I've been tired, grumpy, prone to jumping to conclusions, and an overall emotional mess. Yup. I've got the winter blahs. This happens, and honestly, it ...

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Let’s Talk About: How to use Lavender

How to use Lavender? When I think of lavender, I think of soap. Specifically, the little, purple, seashell-shaped soaps that lived in my grandmother's soap dish in the main bathroom of the house. Those delicate little soaps were intended to be there for show, not for use. They were so fancy and smelled so ...

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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 ...

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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 over.  When my scalp feels this way, I revert back to my no-shampoo hair-washing method for a month or so. I started toying with using no-shampoo hair-washing methods years ...

What is an Electuary?

I'm an old fashioned girl. I'm not talking candlelight and roses, although that's nice. I'm talking about food preservation, medicine making, cooking methods, and brewing. I like old, tried and true methods, and I'm a sucker for ye olde tyme vocabularie wordes, too. So, back when I was selling herb-infused ...

How should I store honey?

I often have readers inquiring about the proper storage of honey. That's a great question, and one with a super-easy answer! How should I store honey? Honey does not "go bad" if left at room temperature. Leaving it on a countertop is fine, so is a cabinet with your spices. If you want to get specific, aim ...

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